FR Doc E9-17666[Federal Register: August 3, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 147)]
[Notices]               
[Page 38467-38468]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: St. Lawrence University, 
Department of Anthropology, Canton, NY; Correction

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; correction.
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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of St. 
Lawrence University, Department of Anthropology, Canton, NY. The human 
remains were removed from St. Lawrence County, NY.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    This notice corrects the number of tribes that were determined to 
be culturally affiliated in a Notice of Inventory Completion previously 
published in the Federal Register (73 FR 50996-50997, August 29, 2008) 
by adding the Oneida, Cayuga, and Onondaga Indian Nations, in addition 
to the Mohawk Nation. After publication, St. Lawrence University 
determined that the Oneida, Mohawk, Cayuga, and Onondaga Nations are 
all culturally affiliated with the Native American human remains, which 
are currently in the possession of the Department of Anthropology, St. 
Lawrence University.
    In the Federal Register of August 29, 2008, paragraph numbers 6-10 
are corrected by substituting the following:
    The region of Gouverneur has been occupied by Native Americans from 
10,000 BP up to the historic period and

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beyond. The St. Lawrence River and its tributaries were continually 
used as part of Native American hunting and fishing grounds. During the 
French and Indian War, Native Americans who occupied the Oswegatchie 
River region (Oswegatchie is a tributary of the St. Lawrence River), 
which included the Oneida, Mohawk, Cayuga, and Onondaga, were 
dislocated as a result of the war. Many Native Americans were forced to 
abandon their settlements, which included the abandonment of La 
Presentation in 1759. Many Iroquoian families were forced to migrate to 
present-day St. Regis where they were adopted by the Mohawk. 
Consultation with tribal representatives of the Mohawks of Akwesasne 
(which is composed of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, New York; Mohawk 
Council of Akwesasne; and Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs) provided 
additional lines of evidence.
    Through ongoing consultation with Native American groups and Lauren 
French, examination of the human remains, and review of the available 
literature, officials of St. Lawrence University have determined that 
the human remains are Native American and most likely share common 
Iroquoian identity with the Cayuga Nation of New York; Oneida Nation of 
New York; Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin; Onondaga Nation of New 
York; and the Mohawks of Akwesasne (which is composed of the Saint 
Regis Mohawk Tribe, New York; Mohawk Council of Akwesasne; and Mohawk 
Nation Council of Chiefs).
    Officials of the St. Lawrence University, Department of 
Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), 
the human remains described above represents the physical remains of 
one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the St. 
Lawrence University, Department of Anthropology have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group 
identity that can be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and the Cayuga Nation of New York; Oneida Nation of New 
York; Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin; Onondaga Nation of New 
York; and Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, New York. Lastly, officials of the 
St. Lawrence University, Department of Anthropology have determined 
that there is a cultural relationship between the human remains and the 
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
Richard A. Gonzalez, Department of Anthropology, St. Lawrence 
University, Canton, NY 13617, telephone (315) 229-5745, before 
September 2, 2009. Repatriation of the human remains to the Cayuga 
Nation of New York; Oneida Nation of New York; Oneida Tribe of Indians 
of Wisconsin; Onondaga Nation of New York; and Saint Regis Mohawk 
Tribe, New York (which also represents the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne 
and the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs), may proceed after that date 
if no additional claimants come forward.
    St. Lawrence University is responsible for notifying the Cayuga 
Nation of New York; Oneida Nation of New York; Oneida Tribe of Indians 
of Wisconsin; Onondaga Nation of New York; Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 
New York; Mohawk Council of Akwesasne; and Mohawk Nation Council of 
Chiefs that this notice has been published.

    Dated: July 14, 2009.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-17666 Filed 7-31-09; 8:45 am]

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