[Federal Register: March 20, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 54)]
[Notices]
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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 the Peabody Museum
of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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 an inventory of human remains in the possession of the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
    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 the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology professional staff in consultation
with representatives of the Cahto Indian Tribe of the Laytonville
Rancheria, California; Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians of
California; Guidiville Rancheria of California; Hopland Band of Pomo
Indians of the Hopland Rancheria, California; Manchester Band of Pomo
Indians of the Manchester-Point Arena Rancheria, California;
Pinoleville Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California; Potter Valley
Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California; Redwood Valley Rancheria of
Pomo Indians of California; Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians
of California; and the Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley
Reservation, California.
    In 1916, human remains representing one individual were transferred
to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology by the Boston
Society of Natural History, which later became the Boston Museum of
Science. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    The Boston Museum of Science has no records of the remains or of
their acquisition. Accession records of the Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology indicate that the remains are from Mendicino
County, CA, although the specific locale or site within Mendicino
County is not recorded. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
accession records also note that this individual had been ``executed
for murder.'' Such specific information about the cause of death
indicates that the death took place only a short time before the
information was first recorded. Therefore, it is likely that these
remains date to the historic period of the region, that is, to the
second half of the 19th century. Osteological analysis by the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology supports the identification of this
individual as a Native American.
    The remains originated in a region historically occupied by the
Northern Pomo, Central Pomo, Yuki, Coast Yuki, Huchnom, Nomlaki, and
Cahto tribes of Indians. Given the paucity of records, it is not
possible to make a cultural affiliation of this individual to a
specific tribe, but based on the totality of the circumstances
surrounding the acquisition of these human remains, evidence of
historical territories, and oral history, officials of the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have determined that there is a
cultural affiliation with the following present-day tribes that jointly
claim a presence in this region during the 19th century: Cahto Indian
Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria, California; Coyote Valley Band of
Pomo Indians of California; Guidiville Rancheria of California; Hopland
Band of Pomo Indians of the Hopland Rancheria, California; Manchester
Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester-Point Arena Rancheria,
California; Pinoleville Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California; Potter
Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California; Redwood Valley
Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California; Sherwood Valley Rancheria of
Pomo Indians of California; and the Round Valley Indian Tribes of the
Round Valley Reservation, California.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 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
human remains and the Cahto Indian Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria,
California; Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians of California;
Guidiville Rancheria of California; Hopland Band of Pomo Indians of the
Hopland Rancheria, California; Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the
Manchester-Point Arena Rancheria, California; Pinoleville Rancheria of
Pomo Indians of California; Potter Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians of
California; Redwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California;
Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California; and the Round
Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation, California
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cahto Indian Tribe of
the Laytonville Rancheria, California; Coyote Valley Band of Pomo
Indians of California; Guidiville Rancheria of California; Hopland Band
of Pomo Indians of the Hopland Rancheria,

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California; Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester-Point
Arena Rancheria, California; Pinoleville Rancheria of Pomo Indians of
California; Potter Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California;
Redwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California; Sherwood Valley
Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California; and the Round Valley Indian
Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation, California. Representatives of
any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains should contact Barbara Isaac, Repatriation
Coordinator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity
Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 495-2254, before April 19,
2001. Repatriation of the human remains to the Cahto Indian Tribe of
the Laytonville Rancheria, California; Coyote Valley Band of Pomo
Indians of California; Guidiville Rancheria of California; Hopland Band
of Pomo Indians of the Hopland Rancheria, California; Manchester Band
of Pomo Indians of the Manchester-Point Arena Rancheria, California;
Pinoleville Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California; Potter Valley
Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California; Redwood Valley Rancheria of
Pomo Indians of California; Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians
of California; and the Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley
Reservation, California may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: February 28, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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