[Federal Register: September 3, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 170)]
[Notices]
[Page 46510-46511]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Fort Stevenson, Dakota Territory in the Possession of the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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 Fort
Stevenson, Dakota Territory in the possession of the Peabody Museum of
Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology professional staff in consultation
with representatives of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Devil's Lake
Sioux Tribe, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation,
and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
    In 1867, human remains representing three individuals were removed
from Fort Stevenson, Dakota Territory by U.S. Army Surgeon Charles C.
Gray and Acting Assistant Surgeon Washington Matthews on behalf of the
Smithsonian

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Institution. No known individuals were identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    Neither the records of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and
Ethnology nor the Smithsonian Institution indicate the date of transfer
of these individuals to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and
Ethnology. Primary accession and catalogue documents associated with
these individuals at the Smithsonian record the individuals to be
``Yanktonnais Sioux.'' Cuthead Band of Upper Yanktonai Sioux oral
traditions and historical documents indicate that Fort Stevenson was
located within the Cuthead Band's traditional territory during the
nineteenth century. The specific cultural affiliation attributed to the
individuals by the collectors and the known policy during the nineenth
century of the Smithsonian to request the remains of recently deceased
Native individuals to be collected by U.S. Army personnel and Indian
agents and sent to the Smithsonian Institution further support
affiliation with the Cuthead Band of Yanktonai Sioux. The Cuthead Band
of Yanktonai Sioux are represented by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe,
Devil's Lake Sioux Tribe, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck
Reservation, and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
    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)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of three individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 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 Cheyenne River
Sioux Tribe, Devil's Lake Sioux Tribe, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of
the Fort Peck Reservation, and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cheyenne River Sioux
Tribe, Devil's Lake Sioux Tribe, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the
Fort Peck Reservation, and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact Barbara Isaac, Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity
Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; telephone: (617) 495-2254, before [thirty
days after publication in the Federal Register]. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the culturally
affiliated tribes may begin after that date if no additional claimants
come forward.
Dated: August 28, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-23367 Filed 9-2-97; 8:45 am]
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