[Federal Register: April 9, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 68)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

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

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
a cultural item in the possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology
and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, that meets 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 this
cultural item. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    The one cultural item is a string of stone beads.
    In 1900, this cultural item was collected by Alfred M. Tozzer from
a grave at an unknown location in northern California. The cultural
item was donated to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology by
Professor Tozzer in 1941. Museum records indicate that the grave was
``Maidu.'' The specific cultural attribution indicates that the
collector was aware of the cultural affiliation of the burial, and
suggests that it dates to historic times.
    Based on the specific cultural attribution in museum records, the
probable historic date of the burial, and the geographical location of
origin within a region historically associated with the Maidu, the
cultural item is considered to be culturally affiliated with the Maidu
Tribe. The Maidu Tribe

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is represented by the present-day Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu
Indians of California; the Greenville Rancheria of Maidu Indians of
California; the Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California;
the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California; Mooretown
Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; and the Susanville Indian
Rancheria of California.
    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), this cultural item is 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 is 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 this unassociated
funerary object and the Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians of
California; the Greenville Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California;
the Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; the Mechoopda
Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California; Mooretown Rancheria of
Maidu Indians of California; and the Susanville Indian Rancheria of
California.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Berry Creek Rancheria
of Maidu Indians of California; the Greenville Rancheria of Maidu
Indians of California; the Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of
California; the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California;
Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; and the Susanville
Indian Rancheria of California. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with this
unassociated funerary object should contact Barbara Isaac, Repatriation
Coordinator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity
Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 495-2254, before May 9,
2001. Repatriation of this unassociated funerary object to the Berry
Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; the Greenville
Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; the Enterprise Rancheria of
Maidu Indians of California; the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico
Rancheria, California; Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of
California; and the Susanville Indian Rancheria of California may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 21, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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