[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 61 (Friday, March 29, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19302-19303]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-07348]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-12448; PCU00RP14.R50000-PPWOCRADN0]


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 and associated funerary objects, in 
consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined 
that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and 
associated funerary objects and present-day Indian tribes. 
Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects 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 April 29, 
2013.

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 and 
associated funerary objects in the possession of the Yale Peabody 
Museum of Natural History. The human remains were removed from 
Memaloose Island and The Dalles, 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 control of the Native 
American human remains. The National

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Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains and associated funerary 
objects was made by the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Confederated 
Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1871, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were collected in The Dalles, OR, by the Yale College Scientific 
Expedition, led by Othniel C. Marsh. These human remains were 
transferred to the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in 1872. No 
known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    Because the human remains exhibit cultural modification (cranial 
reshaping) typical of Native American remains found in this region, the 
human remains are believed to be Native American. Based on historical 
records, museum catalog records, the geographic origin of the remains, 
and the description of traditional territory, these human remains are 
believed to be culturally affiliated with the Confederated Tribes and 
Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm 
Springs Reservation of Oregon.
    In 1871, human remains representing, at minimum, 45 individuals 
were removed from Memaloose Island near The Dalles, OR, by the Yale 
College Scientific Expedition. The human remains were transferred to 
the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in February of 1873 by Oscar 
Harger, a student on the Expedition. No known individuals were 
identified. The 11 associated funerary objects are stones, a copper 
rod, glass and shell beads, a copper bead necklace fragment, and an 
incised bone artifact fragment.
    Based on historical records, museum catalog records, the geographic 
origin of the remains, and the description of traditional territory, 
these human remains are believed to be culturally affiliated with the 
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Confederated 
Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.
    In 1874, human remains representing, at minimum, 226 individuals 
were removed from Memaloose Island and The Dalles, OR, by S. R. Evans. 
The human remains were transferred to the Yale Peabody Museum of 
Natural History in 1874. No known individuals were identified. The 100 
associated funerary objects are glass and shell beads, animal bones, 
fibers, one chert projectile point, and pebbles.
    Based on historical records, museum catalog records, the geographic 
origin of the remains, and the description of traditional territory, 
these human remains are believed to be culturally affiliated with the 
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Confederated 
Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.

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 272 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 111 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.
     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 Confederated Tribes and Bands of the 
Yakama Nation and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs 
Reservation of Oregon.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remain 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 April 29, 2013. Repatriation of the human remains and associated 
funerary objects to the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama 
Nation and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of 
Oregon may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History is responsible for 
notifying the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and 
the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon that 
this notice has been published.

    Dated: February 26, 2013.
Melanie O'Brien,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-07348 Filed 3-28-13; 8:45 am]
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