[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 84 (Tuesday, May 1, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 25740-25741]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10494]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Yale Peabody Museum of Natural 
History, New Haven, CT

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History has completed an 
inventory of human remains in consultation with the appropriate Indian 
tribes and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between 
the human remains and present-day Indian tribes. Representatives of any 
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the 
human remains may contact the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. 
Repatriation of the human remains to the Indian tribes stated below may 
occur if no additional claimants come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the Yale 
Peabody Museum of Natural History at the address below by May 31, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Professor Derek E.G. Briggs, Director, Yale Peabody Museum 
of Natural History, P.O. Box 208118, New Haven, CT 06520-8118, 
telephone (203) 432-3752.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. The human 
remains were removed from the John Day River area of Grant County, OR.
    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 possession of the 
Native American human remains. The National Park Service is not 
responsible for the determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Yale 
Peabody Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation 
with representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian 
Reservation, Oregon, and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon (hereafter referred to as ``The Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1871, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from the John Day River area in Grant County, OR, by 
Thomas Condon and General Crook. The remains were transferred to the 
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in February of 1872. No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    Based on the historical records of the recovery of the remains, 
museum catalog records of the remains, the geographic origin of the 
remains, and the description of the traditional territory of The 
Tribes, these human remains are believed to be culturally affiliated 
with The Tribes.
    In 1873, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from the head of the John Day River in Grant County, OR, 
by Joseph Savage. The remains were transferred to the Yale Peabody 
Museum of Natural History in 1873. No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on museum catalog records of the remains, the geographic 
origin of the remains, and the description of the traditional territory 
of The Tribes, these human remains are believed to be culturally 
affiliated with The Tribes.
    In 1874, human remains representing, at minimum, three individuals 
were removed from the area of the John Day River in Grant County, OR, 
by Sam H. Snook. The remains were transferred to the Yale Peabody 
Museum of Natural History in 1874. No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on museum catalog records of the remains, the geographic 
origin of the remains, and the description of the traditional territory 
of The Tribes, these human remains are believed to be culturally 
affiliated with The Tribes.
    In 1880, Mr. Warfield and Leander Davis collected human remains 
representing, at minimum, three individuals near Pine Mountain, Grant 
County, OR. No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    Based on museum catalog records of the remains, the geographic 
origin of the remains, and the description of the traditional territory 
of The Tribes, these

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human remains are believed to be culturally affiliated with The Tribes.

Determinations Made by the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

    Officials of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of eight individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     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 to The Tribes.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Professor 
Derek E.G. Briggs, Director, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 
P.O. Box 208118, New Haven, CT 06520-8118, telephone (203) 432-3752 
before May 31, 2012. Repatriation of the human remains to The Tribes 
may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History is responsible for 
notifying The Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: April 26, 2012.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-10494 Filed 4-30-12; 8:45 am]
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