FR Doc E9-25967[Federal Register: October 28, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 207)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Warren Anatomical Museum, Harvard 
University, Boston, MA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
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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 and 
control of the Warren Anatomical Museum, Harvard University, Boston, 
MA. The human remains were removed from Duval County, FL.
    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.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Peabody 
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Warren Anatomical Museum 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, 
and Seminole Tribe of Florida (Dania, Big Cypress, Brighton, Hollywood 
& Tampa Reservations).
    In 1889, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from "Pablo Beach" (now Jacksonville Beach), Duval 
County, FL, by Walter B. Currier. The human remains were donated to the 
Harvard Odontological Society by Mr. Currier later that same year. In 
1892, the Harvard Odontological Society loaned these human remains to 
the Harvard Dental School Museum. By the late 1960s, the Dental Museum 
had been dissolved and its remaining holdings were transferred to 
Harvard Medical School's Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, which 
includes the Warren Anatomical Museum. In 2009, the Harvard 
Odontological Society donated these human remains to the Warren 
Anatomical Museum for the purpose of NAGPRA implementation. No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Museum documentation identifies the individual as "Seminole" from 
an "Indian Mound" in Pablo Beach (now Jacksonville Beach), FL. 
Osteological information suggests that this individual most likely 
dates from the Protohistoric to early Historic Periods. The human 
remains were collected from an area commonly considered to be 
traditional Seminole territory during those periods. Oral traditions 
and historic evidence supports the cultural affiliation to Seminole 
people. The Seminole are represented by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians 
of Florida, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, and Seminole Tribe of Florida.
    Officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and 
Warren Anatomical Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3001 (9-10), the human remains described above represent the physical 
remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the 
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Warren Anatomical 
Museum also 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 Miccosukee 
Tribe of Indians of Florida, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, and Seminole 
Tribe of Florida.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Patricia 
Capone, Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and 
Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, 
telephone (617) 496-2047, before November 27, 2009. Repatriation of the 
human remains to the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, Seminole 
Nation of Oklahoma, and Seminole Tribe of Florida may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University 
is responsible for notifying the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of 
Florida, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, and Seminole Tribe of Florida 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: October 7, 2009
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-25967 Filed 10-27-09; 8:45 am]

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