[Federal Register: December 3, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 232)]
[Notices]
[Page 67932-67933]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items from Warren, RI in
the Possession of the Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 Museum of the City of New York,
New York, NY which meet the definition of ``unassociated funerary
object'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The 19 cultural items consist of two flushloop-varity, medium sized
bells with broken attachment loops, a narrow hoe with a circular eye, a
hook, a clay tobacco pipe, a knife blade, a spoon, a brass kettle
(bottom missing) with rolled rim and riveted ears, three chain links
(linked), a finger ring, five cylindrical blue glass trade beads, and
five glass star trade beads.
    In 1965, these cultural items were acquired by the Museum of the
City of New York from the Heye Museum of the American Indian. These
items were acquired earlier by the Heye Museum of the American Indian
as part of the Carr collection from the Burr's Hill burial site in
Warren, RI.
    Burr's Hill is believed to be located on the southern border of
Sowams, a Wampanoag village. Sowams is identified in historical
documents of the 16th and 17th centuries as a Wampanoag village, and
was ceded to the English in 1653 by Massasoit and his eldest son
Wamsutta (Alexander). Based on the condition and type, these cultural
items have been dated to the contact period (1500-1690 A.D.).
Consultation evidence provided by representatives of the Wampanoag
Repatriation Confederation representing the Gay Head Wampanoag Tribe of
Massachusetts and the non-Federally recognized Indian groups the
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag regarding
other burials from Burr's Hill indicate consistent manner of interment
of these cultural items with other known Wampanoag burials of the
period.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Museum
of the City of New York have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2)(ii), these 19 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 Museum
of the City of New York 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 Wampanoag Repatriation
Confederation representing the Gay Head Wampanoag Tribe of
Massachusetts and the non-Federally recognized Indian groups the
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Wampanoag
Repatriation Confederation representing the Gay Head Wampanoag Tribe of
Massachusetts and the non-Federally recognized Indian groups the
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag, and the
Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these objects should contact Wendy Rogers, Museum of the City of New
York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029; telephone: (212) 534-1672,
ext. 221 before January 3, 2000. Repatriation of these objects to the
Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation on behalf of the Gay Head
Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts and the non-Federally recognized
Indian groups the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Assonet Band of the
Wampanoag may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.
Dated: November 24, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-31363 Filed 12-2-99; 8:45 am]
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