FR Doc E8-15909[Federal Register: July 14, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 135)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items: Rochester Museum & 
Science Center, Rochester, NY

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 300, of the intent 
to repatriate cultural items in the possession of the Rochester Museum 
& Science Center, Rochester, NY, that meet the definition of 
"unassociated funerary objects" under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the cultural 
items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.
    In 1956, human remains were removed from the Morrow Site (Hne 033), 
Town of Richmond, Ontario County, NY, by the Rochester Museum & Science 
Center. In 2000, a Notice of Inventory Completion was published in the 
Federal Register of November 21, 2000 (FR Doc 00-29811, pages 69963-
69967) that included these human remains. After repatriation, six 
funerary objects associated with the human remains were found. Under 
NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2)(ii), the funerary objects are now considered 
to be unassociated funerary objects. The six unassociated funerary 
objects are potsherds.
    Archeological investigations at the Morrow Site have identified 
occupations during the Middle and Late Woodland periods, as well as the 
post-European contact period. Based on site location and continuities 
of material culture as represented in other collections from the site, 
the human remains from the Morrow Site have been identified as Iroquois 
(Seneca), dated to A.D. 1750-1850.
    Descendants of the Seneca are members of the Seneca Nation of New 
York, Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, and Tonawanda Band of Seneca 
Indians of New York.
    Officials of the Rochester Museum & Science Center have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(B), the six cultural items 
described above 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 of a Native 
American individual. Officials of the Rochester Museum & Science Center 
also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a 
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced 
between the unassociated funerary objects and the Seneca Nation of New 
York, Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, and Tonawanda Band of Seneca 
Indians of New York.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary objects should 
contact Gian Carlo Cervone, Senior Registrar, Rochester Museum & 
Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607-2177, telephone 
(585) 271-4552 x310, before August 13, 2008. Repatriation of the 
unassociated funerary objects to the Seneca Nation of New York, Seneca-
Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, and Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New 
York may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Rochester Museum & Science Center is responsible for notifying 
the Cayuga Nation of New York; Oneida Nation of New York; Oneida Tribe 
of Wisconsin; Onondaga Nation of New York; Seneca Nation of New York; 
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma; Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, New York; 
Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin; Tonawanda Band of Seneca 
Indians of New York; and Tuscarora Nation of New York that this notice 
has been published.

    Dated: June 5, 2008
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-15909 Filed 7-11-08; 8:45 am]

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