[Federal Register: October 1, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 190)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from Munnsville, NY in the Possession
of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and
Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects from Munnsville, NY in the possession of the
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University
of Pennsylvania Museum professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation of New York and the Oneida
Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.
    In 1944, human remains representing two individuals were removed
from the Ellenwood site, Munnsville, NY by Mr. (Elton?) Lake. In 1944,
these human remains were donated to the University of Pennsylvania
Museum by George Roberts of Sharon Hill, PA. No known individuals were
identified. The four associated funerary objects include three iron
fragments and mirror glass.
    Based on accession information and associated funerary objects,
these individuals have been determined to be Native American from the
early historic period. Based on historic documents, the Ellenwood site
has been identified as an Oneida village and cemetary occupied during
the 17th century. Representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation of New
York have presented geographical and historical evidence during
consultation indicating cultural affiliation with the Ellenwood site.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of Pennsylvania Museum 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 University of Pennsylvania Museum have also determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the four objects listed 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. Officials of the University of Pennsylvania Museum have also
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship
of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced between these
Native American human remains and associated funerary objects and the
Oneida Indian Nation of New York and the Oneida Tribe of Indians of
Wisconsin.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Oneida Indian Nation
of New York and the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact Dr. Jeremy Sabloff, the Williams Director,
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 33rd
and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324; telephone: (215) 898-
4051, fax: (215) 898-0657 before November 2, 1998. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Oneida Indian
Nation of New York and the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: September 25, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-26261 Filed 9-30-98; 8:45 am]
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