[Federal Register: August 29, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 168)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA

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 Peabody Museum of Archaeology
and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA that meet the
definition of ``unassociated funerary object'' under Section 2 of the
Act.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2(c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these
cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    The two cultural items are an iron hatchet and an iron adze head.
    In 1985, these cultural items were donated to the museum by William
H. Claflin, Jr. At an unknown date, these cultural items were collected
by General Crooks. Between 1878 and 1893, General Crooks sold these
cultural items to William R. Morris. In 1930, Mr. Morris's widow sold
the objects to William Claflin, Sr.
    Museum records indicate that these cultural items are from a Pawnee
grave. Museum documents and consultation with representatives of the
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma indicate that the recovery location was most
likely the Elkhorn River in northeastern Nebraska. The style and
material of the objects is consistent with objects dating to the
1800's.
    Based on the specific cultural attribution in museum records, the
probable 19th century date of the burial, and geographic location
within the historical territory of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, the
objects are considered to be affiliated with the Pawnee Nation of
Oklahoma.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2(d)(2)(ii), these two 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 Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology also have determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2(e), there is a relationship of shared
group identity that can be reasonably traced between these items and
the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. This notice has been sent to officials
of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these
objects should contact Barbara Isaac, Repatriation Corrdinator, Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA
02138, telephone (617) 495-2254, before September 28, 2000.
Repatriation of these objects to the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: August 18, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 00-21975 Filed 8-28-00; 8:45 am]
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