[Federal Register: July 14, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 134)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items From Mississippi in
the Possession of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3), of the intent to repatriate
cultural items in the possession of the Department of Sociology and
Anthropology, University of Mississippi which meet the definition of
``unassociated funerary objects'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural items consist of an 1801 Jefferson Peace Medal; a
piece of cane showing copper staining; two metal knives with bone
handles; 1,305 glass beads; a small brass kettle; an open-work silver
buckle; ten circular silver brooches or ornaments, one engraved with
the mark ``T.Dowler''; four silver ornament fragments; four silver
bracelets; one silver crescent gorget; six brass screw rings; two
silver ear pendants with red beads; ear pendant fragments; and a silver
band.

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    In 1917, these cultural items were removed from a grave located
southwest of New Albany, MS by Mr. Will Ticer. Mr. Ticer donated these
items to the Mississippi State Geological Survey in 1923. The
Geological Survey Collection eventually became part of the Anthropology
Museum collections at the University of Mississippi.
    Based on the cultural items, the burial from which they were
removed has been determined to be Native American. The prescence of the
1801 Jefferson Peace Medal indicates the burial dates to the first
quarter of the nineteenth century, before Removal. This area of
northeastern Mississippi from which the cultural items were recovered
during this period was occupied and controlled by the present day tribe
now known as the Chickasaw Nation. These cultural items are consistent
with present burial practices and ethnographic accounts detailing
historic-period Chickasaw burial practices.
    Officials of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
University of Mississippi have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2)(ii), these 1,340 cultural items 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 and are believed, by a
preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from a specific
burial site of an Native American individual. Officials of the
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Mississippi
have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a
relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced
between these items and the Chickasaw Nation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Chickasaw Nation.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these objects should contact Jay Johnson,
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Mississippi,
Oxford, MS 38677 telephone (601) 232-7339 before August 13, 1998.
Repatriation of these objects to the Chickasaw Nation may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: June 29, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography.
[FR Doc. 98-18624 Filed 7-13-98; 8:45 am]
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