[Federal Register: May 22, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 99)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
From Lamoine, ME, in the Possession of Robert S. Peabody Museum of
Archaeology, Andover, ME

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 from
Lamoine, ME, in the possession of Robert S. Peabody Museum of
Archaeology, Andover, ME.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Robert S.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians, the Houlton
Band of Maliseet Indians, the Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe, and the
Penobscot Indian Nation.
    In 1913, human remains representing two individuals were recovered
from the Hodgkins' Point Shellheap in Lamoine, ME by Warren King
Moorehead during excavations by the Robert S. Peabody Museum. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Morphological evidence indicates these individuals are Native
American based on dentition. Hodgkins' Point site has been identified
as an Etchemin occupation site used between 900--1500 AD based on
material culture present at the site. Based on archeological and
historical evidence

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and continuities of material culture, the Etchemin are considered the
ancestral culture of the present-day Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe and the
Penobscot Indian Nation.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Robert
S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of two individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology 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 Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe and the Penobscot
Indian Nation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Passamaquoddy Indian
Tribe and the Penobscot Indian Nation. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains should contact James W. Bradley, Director, Robert
S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA 01281;
telephone: (508) 749-4490, before June 23, 1997. Repatriation of the
human remains to the Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe and the Penobscot
Indian Nation may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.
Dated: May 16, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-13463 Filed 5-21-97; 8:45 am]
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