[Federal Register: November 21, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 225)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of Rochester Museum
and Science Center, Rochester, NY

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Rochester Museum and Science
Center, Rochester, NY.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2(c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Rochester
Museum and Science Center professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Cayuga Nation of New York, the Oneida Nation of
New York, the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, the Onondaga Nation of New
York, the Seneca Nation of New York, the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of
Oklahoma, the St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians of New York, the
Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin, the
Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York, and the Tuscarora Nation
of New York.
    In 1960, partial human remains representing 43 individuals were
recovered from the Sand Hill site (Cnj 009) in Minden, Montgomery
County, NY, by Peter Pratt and other unnamed individuals. Gilbert
Hagerty donated the remains to the Rochester Museum and Science Center
in 1979. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on site location and the condition
of the human remains, the Sand Hill site has been identified as a
Mohawk occupation, dating to circa A.D. 1635-1645.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
Rochester Museum and Science Center have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of 43 individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Rochester Museum and Science Center also have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2(e), there is a relationship of
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between these
Native American human remains and the St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians
of New York.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cayuga Nation of New
York, the Oneida Nation of New York, the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, the
Onondaga Nation of New York, the Seneca Nation of New York, the Seneca-
Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, the St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians of New
York, the Stockbridge-Munsee Community of

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Mohican Indians of Wisconsin, the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of
New York, and the Tuscarora Nation of New York. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact
Connie Bodner, NAGPRA Liaison, Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657
East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607-2177, telephone (716) 271-4552,
extension 345, before December 21, 2000. Repatriation of the human
remains to the St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians of New York may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: November 14, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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