FR Doc E9-29292[Federal Register: December 9, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 235)]
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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 Connecticut.
    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 
Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of 
Connecticut.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing one individual were 
removed from Connecticut by an unknown individual. These human remains 
were donated by Charles H. Stedman to the Boston Society for Medical 
Improvement before 1847. The collection of the Boston Society for 
Medical Improvement was transferred to the Warren Anatomical Museum in 
1871. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    Osteological characteristics indicate that these human remains are 
Native American. Museum documentation describes the human remains as, 
"one of the Uncas Tribe...Connecticut." Uncas was a well-known 17th 
century leader of the Mohegan Tribe. The specific cultural designation 
``Uncas Tribe'' suggests the human remains date to the historic period, 
17th Century or later. While other Native American tribes were also 
present in Connecticut during these periods, the attribution "Uncas" 
focuses the likelihood of cultural affiliation with the Mohegan Tribe. 
Based on this information, there is a shared group identity between the 
human remains and the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut.
    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 Mohegan Tribe 
of Indians of Connecticut.
    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) 496-3702, before January 8, 2010. Repatriation of the 
human remains to the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut may 
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Warren 
Anatomical Museum are responsible for notifying the Mashantucket Pequot 
Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut that this notice 
has been published.

    Dated: October 29, 2009.
Richard C. Waldbauer,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-29292 Filed 12-8-09; 8:45 am]

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