[Federal Register: October 9, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 195)]
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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 the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects 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 Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology professional staff in consultation
with representatives of Te-Moak Tribes of Western Shoshone Indians of
Nevada (Four constituent bands: Battle Mountain Band; Elko Band; South
Fork Band and Wells Band); Big Pine Band of Owens Valley Paiute
Shoshone Indians of the Big Pine Reservation, California; Death Valley
Timbi-Sha Shoshone Band of California; Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the
Duckwater Reservation, Nevada; Ely Shoshone Tribe of Nevada; Fort
Independence Indian Community of Paiute Indians of the Fort
Independence Reservation, California; Fort McDermitt Paiute and
Shoshone Tribes of the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation, Nevada and
Oregon; Paiute-Shoshone Indian of the Bishop Community of the Bishop
Colony, California; Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Lone Pine Community
of the Lone Pine Reservation, California; Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the
Fallon Reservation and Colony, Nevada; Reno-Sparks Indian Colony,
Nevada; Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation, Nevada;
Summit Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada; Winnemucca Indian Colony of Nevada;
and Yomba Shoshone Tribe of the Yomba Reservation, Nevada.
    In 1868, human remains representing one individual were collected
by Professor J.D. Whitney from Hot Creek Valley, Nye County, NV. In
1868, these human remains were gifted to the Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology by Dr. Whitney. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Museum documentation identifies this individual as ``Digger,'' a
term used historically to represent Western Shoshone people. The
attribution of such a specific term to the human remains indicates that
the interment postdates sustained contact between indigenous groups and
Europeans beginning in the 18th century. The human remains were from an
area commonly considered to be traditional Western Shoshone territory
during the historic period. Oral traditions and historical evidence
support the cultural affiliation to present-day Indian tribes
representing Western Shoshone people.
    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
Native American human remains and the Te-Moak Tribes of Western
Shoshone Indians of Nevada (Four constituent bands: Battle Mountain
Band; Elko Band; South Fork Band and Wells Band); Big Pine Band of
Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Indians of the Big Pine Reservation,
California; Death Valley Timbi-Sha Shoshone Band of California;
Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the Duckwater Reservation, Nevada; Ely
Shoshone Tribe of Nevada; Fort Independence Indian Community of Paiute
Indians of the Fort Independence Reservation, California; Fort
McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes of the Fort McDermitt Indian
Reservation, Nevada and Oregon; Paiute-Shoshone Indian of the Bishop
Community of the Bishop Colony, California; Paiute-Shoshone Indians of
the Lone Pine Community of the Lone Pine Reservation, California;
Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony, Nevada;
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Nevada; Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck
Valley Reservation, Nevada; Summit Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada;
Winnemucca Indian Colony of Nevada; and Yomba Shoshone Tribe of the
Yomba Reservation, Nevada.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Te-Moak Tribes of
Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada (Four constituent bands: Battle
Mountain Band; Elko Band; South Fork Band and Wells Band); Big Pine
Band of Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Indians of the Big Pine
Reservation, California; Death Valley Timbi-Sha Shoshone Band of
California; Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the Duckwater Reservation,
Nevada; Ely Shoshone Tribe of Nevada; Fort Independence Indian
Community of

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Paiute Indians of the Fort Independence Reservation, California; Fort
McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes of the Fort McDermitt Indian
Reservation, Nevada and Oregon; Paiute-Shoshone Indian of the Bishop
Community of the Bishop Colony, California; Paiute-Shoshone Indians of
the Lone Pine Community of the Lone Pine Reservation, California;
Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony, Nevada;
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Nevada; Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck
Valley Reservation, Nevada; Summit Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada;
Winnemucca Indian Colony of Nevada; and Yomba Shoshone Tribe of the
Yomba Reservation, Nevada. Representatives of any other Indian tribe
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains should contact Patricia Capone, Repatriation Coordinator,
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11
Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 496-3702, before
November 8, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains to the Te-Moak
Tribes of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada (Four constituent bands:
Battle Mountain Band; Elko Band; South Fork Band and Wells Band); Big
Pine Band of Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Indians of the Big Pine
Reservation, California; Death Valley Timbi-Sha Shoshone Band of
California; Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the Duckwater Reservation,
Nevada; Ely Shoshone Tribe of Nevada; Fort Independence Indian
Community of Paiute Indians of the Fort Independence Reservation,
California; Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes of the Fort
McDermitt Indian Reservation, Nevada and Oregon; Paiute-Shoshone Indian
of the Bishop Community of the Bishop Colony, California; Paiute-
Shoshone Indians of the Lone Pine Community of the Lone Pine
Reservation, California; Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon
Reservation and Colony, Nevada; Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Nevada;
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation, Nevada; Summit
Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada; Winnemucca Indian Colony of Nevada; and
Yomba Shoshone Tribe of the Yomba Reservation, Nevada may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: July 30, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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