[Federal Register: October 2, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 191)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, RI

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 Rhode Island Historical
Society, Providence, RI 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

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that has control of these cultural items. The National Park Service is
not responsible for the determinations within this notice.
    The four cultural items are two latten spoons and two small copper
bells.
    In 1800, these four cultural items were recovered from burials
during excavations conducted by person(s) unknown at the Burr's Hill
site, Warren, RI. In 1835, these cultural items were purchased by the
Rhode Island Historical Society from ``Chesebrough.'' Museum
documentation identifies these spoons as having come from an Indian
interment. No further documentation is present.
    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 Sowams is identified in historical
documents of the 16th and 17th centuries as a Wampanoag village, and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). Sporadic finds and excavations have been made at
this site since the middle of the 19th century through the early 20th
century. Based the presence of European trade goods and types of
cultural items, these cultural items have been dated to between A.D.
1600-1710. Based on accession records and condition of the cultural
items, these cultural items have been determined to be grave goods.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Rhode
Island Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2)(ii), these four 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 Rhode
Island Historical Society 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 Wampanoag Repatriation
Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah),
the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally recognized Indian group), and
the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a non-Federally recognized
Indian group). This notice has been sent to officials of the Wampanoag
Repatriation Confederation, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah),
the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally recognized Indian group), the
Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation (a non-Federally recognized Indian
group), the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island, and the Council
of Seven/Royal House of Pokanoket/Pokanoket Tribe/Wampanoag Nation (a
non-Federally recognized Indian group). Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these unassociated funerary objects should contact Linda Eppich, Chief
Curator, The Rhode Island Historical Society, 110 Benevolent Street,
Providence, RI 02906, telephone (401) 331-8575, before November 1,
2000. Repatriation of these unassociated funerary objects to the
Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, representing the Wampanoag Tribe
of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Mashpee Wampanoag (a non-Federally
recognized Indian group), and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation
(a non-Federally recognized Indian group) may begin after that date if
no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: September 21, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 00-25129 Filed 9-29-00; 8:45 am]
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