FR Doc 2010-14043[Federal Register: June 11, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 112)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and 
Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; 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 and associated funerary 
objects in the possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and 
Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. The human remains and 
associated funerary objects were removed from Barnstable, Bristol, 
Dukes, and Plymouth Counties, MA.
    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 and associated funerary objects. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    This notice corrects the minimum number of individuals, the list of 
culturally affiliated groups, and the name of a donor reported in a 
previous Notice of Inventory Completion published in the Federal 
Register (68 FR 48626-48634, August 14, 2003) and a published 
correction Notice of Inventory Completion (71 FR 70979-70980, December 
7, 2006). The correction Notice of December 7, 2006, changed the number 
of associated funerary objects listed in the original Notice of August 
14, 2003. Some of the human remains and associated funerary objects 
described in the above notices have since been repatriated. However, 
the human remains from the site described in this correction are still 
in the possession of the Peabody Museum.
    Since the publication of the original and correction Notice, one of 
the nonfederally recognized Indian groups has become a Federally-
recognized Indian tribe. Therefore, throughout the Notices of August 
14, 2003 and December 7, 2006 in the Federal Register, "Mashpee 
Wampanoag Indian Tribe (a nonfederally recognized Indian group)" is 
corrected by substituting "Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Massachusetts." 
In addition, throughout each Notice the "cultural relationship" 
between the human remains and associated funerary objects and the 
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stated in the previous notices is replaced by a 
"relationship of shared group identity."
    Through a reassessment of human remains from Hingham, Plymouth 
County, MA, museum osteologists were able to re-associate elements of 
human remains and the current minimum number of individuals has 
decreased from the previously reported eight to five. In addition, the 
donor's name is more accurately stated below as the Hingham Board of 
Health rather than Mayo Tolman as listed in the original notice of 
August 14, 2003.
    In the Federal Register of August 14, 2003, page number 48631, 
paragraph numbers 3 and 4 are corrected by substituting the following 
paragraphs:
    In 1932, human remains representing five individuals were removed 
from a construction site in Hingham, Plymouth County, MA, by an unknown 
collector and were donated to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and 
Ethnology by the Hingham Board of Health through Secretary Mayo Tolman 
in the same year. No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    Contextual information suggests that these individuals are likely 
Native American. The interment most likely dates to the Historic/
Contact period (post-A.D. 1500). The pattern of copper stains on the 
human remains suggests that the human remains were interred some time 
after contact. Oral tradition and historical documentation indicates 
that Hingham, MA, is within the aboriginal and historic homeland of the 
Wampanoag Nation. The present-day tribes that are most closely 
affiliated with members of the Wampanoag Nation are the Mashpee 
Wampanoag Tribe, Massachusetts; Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) 
of Massachusetts; and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a 
nonfederally recognized Indian group).
    In the Federal Register of December 7, 2006, page number 70980, 
paragraph number 2 is corrected by substituting the following 
paragraphs:
    Officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains 
described above represent the physical remains of 235 individuals of 
Native American ancestry. Officials of the Peabody Museum of 
Archaeology and Ethnology also have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 113 objects described 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 Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 
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 associated funerary 
objects and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Massachusetts; and the 
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) of Massachusetts; and that there 
is a cultural relationship between the human remains and associated 
funerary objects and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a 
nonfederally recognized Indian group).
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Patricia Capone, Repatriation Coordinator, 
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard

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University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 496-
3702, before July 12, 2010. Repatriation of the human remains and 
associated funerary objects to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, 
Massachusetts; Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) of Massachusetts; 
and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a nonfederally recognized 
Indian group) may proceed after that date if no additional claimants 
come forward.
    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is responsible for 
notifying the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Massachusetts; Wampanoag Tribe 
of Gay Head (Aquinnah) of Massachusetts; and the Assonet Band of the 
Wampanoag Nation (a nonfederally recognized Indian group) that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: May 4, 2010
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-14043 Filed 6-10-10; 8:45 am]
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