[Federal Register: May 17, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 97)]
[Notices]
[Page 24950]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Lake Winnepesauke, NH, in the Possession of the Hood Museum of
Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

AGENCY: National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains and
associated funerary objects in the possession of the Hood Museum of
Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Hood
Museum of Art professional staff in consultation with representatives
of the Penobscot Indian Nation and representatives of the Abenaki
Nation of Missisquoi (Western Abenaki) and the Abenaki Family Alliance,
two non-Federally recognized Native American groups.
    In 1945, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from the shore of Lake Winnepesauke in Tuftonboro, NH, and donated to
the Hood Museum of Art. No known individuals were identified. No
associated funerary objects were present.
    Visual examinations conducted when this individual was recovered
concluded this is a Native American child buried during the mid-18th
century. The Western Abenaki are known to have occupied this area
during that time, and the place of recovery of this individual is
consistent with known Abenaki internment practice.
    Because the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi is a non-Federally
recognized Native American group, the Hood Museum of Art included these
remains on the museum's culturally unidentifiable human remains
inventory. Pursuant to the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi's request for
repatriation, the Hood Museum of Art requested a finding from the
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee for
disposition of these human remains. A letter of support from the
Penobscot Indian Nation for the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi's request
was included in the documentation presented to the Review Committee.
    On December 11, 1995, officials of the Hood Museum of Art were
formally notified of the recommendation from the Review Committee
stating that the Hood Museum of Art `` * * *publicize the Western
Abenaki's (Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi) repatriation request in local
newspapers with circulation in New Hampshire and Vermont * * *If after
30 days, no other claimants have expressed interest in repatriating the
remains, [the Hood Museum of Art] may proceed with the repatriation
process.'' Classified legal notices and/or feature articles publicizing
the repatriation request ran in five regional/statewide newspapers
between January 31, 1996 and March 24, 1996.
    As of April 24, 1996, one response was received from these
classified legal notices and articles. The Abenaki Family Alliance has
stated that the Alliance represents Abenaki families who do not wish to
be represented by the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi. The Abenaki Family
Alliance has further stressed that they do not want to slow down or
contest the repatriation process in this instance.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Hood
Museum of Art have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of one
individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Hood Museum of
Art have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a
relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced
between these Native American human remains and the Abenaki Nation of
Missisquoi.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Penobscot Indian
Nation, the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi (Western Abenaki), and the
Abenaki Family Alliance. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary objects should contact Kellen G. Haak,
Registrar and Repatriation Coordinator, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth
College, Hanover, NH 03755, telephone (603) 646-3109 before June 17,
1996. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects
to the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
Dated: May 9, 1996.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Chief, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 96-12494 Filed 5-16-96; 8:45 am]
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