[Federal Register: May 3, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 86)]
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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 Museum of
Natural History and Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI

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 Museum of Natural History and
Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI.
    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 Museum of
Natural History and Planetarium professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island and
the Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, representing the Wampanoag
Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally
recognized Indian group), and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation
(a non-Federally recognized Indian group).

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    In 1899, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from Jamestown, RI, by James H. Clarke and donated to the Museum of
Natural History and Planetarium. No known individual was identified.
The two associated funerary objects are an iron axe fragment and an
animal bone fragment.
    Based on red ochre and copper staining on the human remains, this
individual has been determined to be Native American from the contact
period. Based on physical evidence and geographic/provenience
information, this individual has been determined to be culturally
affiliated with the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island and the
Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe
of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally
recognized Indian group), and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation
(a non-Federally recognized Indian group).
    Before May 1939, human remains representing two individuals were
recovered from Old Warwick, near Wharf Road, East Greenwich, RI, by
Lincoln C. Bateson, who donated these human remains to the Museum of
Natural History and Planetarium in May 1939. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on museum documentation and physical evidence, these
individuals have been identified as Native American. Based on physical
evidence and geographic/provenience information, these individuals have
been determined to be culturally affiliated with the Narragansett
Indian Tribe of Rhode Island and the Wampanoag Repatriation
Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah),
the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally recognized Indian group), and
the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a non-Federally recognized
Indian group).
    In 1854, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from the Stone Bridge Inn site (RI 1947), Tiverton, RI, by person(s)
unknown, and donated to the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
in 1903. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    Based on museum documentation and physical evidence, this
individual has been identified as Native American. Based on physical
evidence and geographic/provenience information, this individual has
been determined to be culturally affiliated with the Narragansett
Indian Tribe of Rhode Island and the Wampanoag Repatriation
Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah),
the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally recognized Indian group), and
the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a non-Federally recognized
Indian group).
    In 1927, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from London Street, East Greenwich, RI, and donated to the Museum of
Natural History and Planetarium by W.E. Crease. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Accession information states these human remains were ``dug up on
London Street, 10 feet deep.'' Based on museum documentation and
physical evidence, this individual has been identified as Native
American. Based on physical evidence and geographic/provenience
information, this individual has been determined to be culturally
affiliated with the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island and the
Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe
of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally
recognized Indian group), and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation
(a non-Federally recognized Indian group).
    In 1936, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from Melrose Street, West Ferry site, Jamestown, RI, by Roy Johnson,
Louis Watson, and others. In 1937, these human remains were donated to
the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium by Mr. Johnson. No known
individual was identified. The one associated funerary object is a
blanket fragment.
    Based on museum documentation and physical evidence, this
individual has been identified as Native American. Based on physical
evidence, consultation with tribal representatives, and geographic/
provenience information, this individual has been determined to be
culturally affiliated with the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode
Island and the Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, representing the
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-
Federally recognized Indian group), and the Assonet Band of the
Wampanoag Nation (a non-Federally recognized Indian group).
    In 1894, human remains representing three individuals were
recovered from the Burr's Hill Burial Ground, Warren, RI, by A.T.
Vaughn, who donated these remains to the Museum of Natural History and
Planetarium in 1900. No known individuals were identified. Museum
documentation indicates that ``curios'' were found with these human
remains, and were transferred in 1913 to the Heye Foundation (now the
National Museum of the American Indian) as part of an exchange. No
associated funerary objects are now present in the collections of the
Museum of Natural History and Planetarium.
    Based on skeletal morphology and extensive copper staining, these
individuals have been identified as Native American from the 17th
century. Based on physical evidence, consultation with tribal
representatives, and geographic/provenience information, these
individuals have been determined to be culturally affiliated with the
Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island and the Wampanoag
Repatriation Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay
Head (Aquinnah), the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally recognized
Indian group), and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a non-
Federally recognized Indian group).
    In 1894, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from Jamestown, RI, by A.T. Vaughn of the Antiquarian Society of
Warren, RI. In 1900, these human remains were donated by Mr. Vaughn to
the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. No known individual was
identified. The four associated funerary objects are fragments of bark,
hair, iron, and cloth that are adhered to the human remains.
    Based on skeletal morphology and extensive copper staining, this
individual has been identified as Native American from the contact or
proto-historic period. Based on physical evidence, consultation with
tribal representatives, and geographic/provenience information, this
individual has been determined to be culturally affiliated with the
Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island and the Wampanoag
Repatriation Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay
Head (Aquinnah), the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally recognized
Indian group), and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a non-
Federally recognized Indian group).
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Museum
of Natural History and Planetarium have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of 10 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
Museum of Natural History and Planetarium also have determined that,
pursuant to 43

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CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the seven objects listed above are reasonably believed
to have been placed with or near individual human remains at the time
of death or later as part of the death rite or ceremony. Lastly,
officials of the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium 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 associated funerary objects and the
Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island and the Wampanoag
Repatriation Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay
Head (Aquinnah), the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally recognized
Indian group), and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a non-
Federally recognized Indian group). This notice has been sent to
officials of the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island and the
Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe
of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally
recognized Indian group), and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation
(a non-Federally recognized Indian group). Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact
Marilyn Massaro, Curator of Collections, Museum of Natural History and
Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI 02905, telephone (401)
785-9457, before June 4, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary objects to the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode
Island and the Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, representing the
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-
Federally recognized Indian group), and the Assonet Band of the
Wampanoag Nation (a non-Federally recognized Indian group) may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: April 11, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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