[Federal Register: November 21, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 225)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the Rochester
Museum and Science Center, Rochester, NY

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 in the possession of the Rochester Museum and Science
Center, Rochester, NY.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2(c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains and associated funerary
objects was made by Rochester Museum and Science Center professional
staff in consultation with representatives of the Cayuga Nation of New
York, the Oneida Nation of New York, the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, the
Onondaga Nation of New York, the Seneca Nation of New York, the Seneca-
Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, the St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians of New
York, the Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin,
the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York, and the Tuscarora
Nation of New York.
    In 1951, partial human remains representing one individual were
recovered at the Marsh site (Can 007), East Bloomfield, Ontario County,
NY, and were donated in 1953 to the Rochester Museum and Science Center
by Albert Hoffman. No known individual was identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, this individual has been identified
as Native

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American. Based on site location and continuities of material culture
as represented in other collections from the site, the Marsh site has
been identified as a Seneca occupation, dating to A.D. 1655-1675.
    In 1960, partial human remains representing 13 individuals were
recovered from an historic cemetery at the Morrow site (Hne 033),
Richmond, Ontario County, NY, and were donated to the Rochester Museum
and Science Center by Albert Hoffman. No known individuals were
identified. The 14 associated funerary objects are 1 nail fragment, 1
metal fragment, 6 textile fragments, 5 brass kettle fragments, and 1
shell bead.
    In 1964, partial human remains representing four individuals were
recovered from an historic cemetery at the Morrow site (Hne 033) and
were donated to the Rochester Museum and Science Center by Albert
Hoffman. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    In 1963, partial human remains representing two individuals were
recovered from an historic cemetery at the Morrow site (Hne 033) and
were donated to the Rochester Museum and Science Center by William
Cornwell. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    In 1963, partial human remains representing one individual were
recovered from an historic cemetery at the Morrow site (Hne 033) and
were donated to the Rochester Museum and Science Center by H. Marr. No
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Archeological excavations at the Morrow
site have documented occupations during the Middle and Late Woodland
periods as well as the post-European contact period. These human
remains and associated funerary objects are associated with the post-
contact period cemetery. Based on excavation reports, site location,
condition of the human remains, and continuities of material culture,
this part of the Morrow site has been identified as a Seneca
occupation, dating to A.D. 1750-1780.
    At an unknown date, partial human remains representing eight
individuals were recovered from the Rochester Junction site (Hne 011)
in Mendon, Monroe County, NY, by person(s) unknown. In 1928-1929, these
human remains were purchased by the Rochester Museum and Science Center
as part of the collection of Alvin H. Dewey. No known individuals were
identified. The four associated funerary objects are one piece of
charcoal, two brass kettles, and one glazed ceramic fragment.
    Based on skeletal morphology and the associated funerary objects,
these individuals have been identified as Native American. Based on
site location and continuities of material culture, the Rochester
Junction site has been identified as a Seneca occupation, dating to
circa A.D. 1670-1690.
    At an unknown date, partial human remains representing one
individual were recovered from the Snyder McClure site (Plp 006) in
Hopewell, Ontario County, NY, by person(s) unknown. In 1928-29, these
human remains were purchased by the Rochester Museum and Science Center
as part of the collection of Alvin H. Dewey. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    At an unknown date, partial human remains representing one
individual were recovered from the Snyder McClure site (Plp 006) by
person(s) unknown. In 1968, these human remains were purchased at
auction by the Rochester Museum and Science Center. No known individual
was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on site location and continuities
of material culture as represented in other collections from the site,
the Snyder McClure site has been identified as a Seneca occupation,
dating to circa A.D. 1710-1740.
    At an unknown date, partial human remains representing one
individual were recovered from the Warren site (Hne 010), East
Bloomfield, Ontario County, NY, by F. Keith Pierce, who donated them to
the Rochester Museum and Science Center in 1935. No known individual
was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1927, partial human remains representing one individual were
recovered from the Warren site (Hne 010) during a Rochester Museum and
Science Center field expedition led by William A. Ritchie. No known
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on site location and continuities
of material culture as represented in other collections from the site,
the Warren site has been identified as a Seneca occupation, dating to
circa A.D. 1625-1645.
    In 1936, partial human remains representing three individuals were
recovered from the Geneseo Mound site (Cda 007) in Avon, Livingston
County, NY, during a Rochester Museum and Science Center field
expedition led by William A. Ritchie. No known individuals were
identified. The 1,066 associated funerary objects are 1 ring fitted
with glass stones, 70 brass and shell beads, 966 glass and shell beads,
1 iron axe, 9 pieces of a thimble rattle, 8 brass bracelets, 6 brass
bangles, 4 hawk bells with bangles, and 1 lead brooch.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Archeological evidence has documented
the Geneseo Mound site as dating to the Middle Woodland period and the
three burials as intrusive into the older deposits. Based on the site
location, the excavation reports, the condition of the human remains,
and continuities of material culture, these human remains and
associated funerary objects have been identified as Seneca, dating to
circa A.D. 1770.
    In 1940, partial human remains representing five individuals were
recovered from the Kirkwood site (Hne 031) in Avon, Livingston County,
NY, during a Rochester Museum and Science Center field expedition led
by William A. Ritchie. No known individuals were identified. The 154
associated funerary objects are 1 stone muller, 1 brass needle, 3
containers of glass and shell beads, 1 container of chestnuts, 2 iron
axes, 1 iron knife, 3 containers of squash seeds, 5 wooden ladle
fragments, 8 blanket fragments, 4 containers of wampum beads, 30 wood
fragments, 2 ceramic pipe fragments, 76 wampum and glass beads, 1 knife
handle, 1 container of shell beads, 1 tubular shell bead, 1 shell
pendant, 1 piece of red ocher, 9 shell runtees, 1 container of wampum/
glass/shell beads, and 2 combs.
    Based on skeletal morphology and the associated funerary objects,
these individuals have been identified as Native American. Based on
excavation reports, site location, and continuities of material
culture, the Kirkwood site has been identified as a Seneca occupation,
dating to circa A.D. 1670-1687.
    In 1936, partial human remains representing three individuals were
recovered from the Lower Fall Brook site (Cda 004) in Genesee,
Livingston County, NY, during a Rochester Museum and Science Center
field expedition led by William A. Ritchie. No known individuals were
identified. The 175 associated funerary objects are 1 stone pipe, 1
fire steel, 1 brass kettle, 2 pieces of a wooden ladle, and 170 glass
and shell beads.

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    Based on skeletal morphology and the associated funerary objects,
these individuals have been identified as Native American. Based on
excavation reports, site location, and continuities of material
culture, the Lower Fall Brook site has been identified as a Seneca
occupation, dating to circa A.D. 1750-1775.
    In 1966, partial human remains representing three individuals were
recovered from the Lima site (Hne 041) in Lima, Livingston County, NY.
The remains were first encountered by construction workers during
excavation for a sewer line and were subsequently recovered in a
salvage effort by the Rochester Museum and Science Center. The human
remains were transferred from the town of Lima to the Rochester Museum
and Science Center as authorized by H.A. Hennessey. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on site location and continuities
of material culture as represented in other collections from the site,
the Lima site has been identified as a Seneca occupation, dating to
circa A.D. 1625-1640.
    In 1955, partial human remains representing four individuals were
recovered from the MacEwan site (Aga 004) in Hume, Allegany County, NY,
during the removal of gravel for road repairs by the town of Hume
highway department. The remains were transferred to the Rochester
Museum and Science Center on the authority of Clifford Watson. No known
individuals were identified. The three associated funerary objects are
one knife blade and two iron nails.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on site locations and continuities
of material culture, the MacEwan site has been identified as a Seneca
occupation, dating to sometime after A.D. 1700.
    In 1964, partial human remains representing one individual were
recovered from the Cornish site (Hne 009) in West Bloomfield, Ontario
County, NY, during a Rochester Museum and Science Center field
expedition. No known individuals were identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on site location and continuities
of material culture as represented in other collections from the site,
the Cornish site has been identified as a Seneca occupation, dating to
circa A.D. 1625-1645.
    In 1986, partial human remains representing two individuals were
recovered from the Creek site (Mda 007) on the Tonawanda Reservation
near Genesee County, NY, by Stanley Vanderlaan, who donated them to the
Rochester Museum and Science Center in 1987. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on the site location, the Creek
site has been identified as a Seneca occupation, dating to circa A.D.
1780-1820.
    At an unknown date, partial human remains representing two
individuals were recovered from the Dann site (Hne 003) in Mendon,
Monroe County, NY, by J.G. D'Olier. In 1928-1929, these human remains
were purchased by the Rochester Museum and Science Center as part of
the collection of Alvin H. Dewey. No known individuals were identified.
No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1955, partial human remains representing one individual were
recovered from the Dann site (Hne 003) in Mendon, Monroe County, NY,
and were donated to the Rochester Museum and Science Center by Albert
Hoffman. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on site location and continuities
of material culture as represented in other collections from the site,
the Dann site has been identified as a Seneca occupation, dating to
circa A.D. 1655-1675.
    In 1934, partial human remains representing 37 individuals were
recovered from the Dutch Hollow site (Hne 001) in Avon, Livingston
County, NY, during a field expedition led by William A. Ritchie of the
Rochester Museum and Science Center. No known individuals were
identified. The 3,292 associated funerary objects are 2 wooden bowl
fragments, 1 wooden awl handle, 4 iron knives, 2 pieces of an iron
knife, 1 iron knife fragment, 2 iron axes, 1 iron axe head, 1 iron axe
blade, 1 iron awl, 1 iron bracelet, 1 iron celt, 24 projectile points,
6 flint projectile points, 1 graphite paint stone, 3 pieces of
hematite, 1 flint scraper, 1 faceted graphite paint stone, 13
whetstones, 1 worked stone tool (chisel), 1 quartz spall, 3 flint
spalls, 1 stone pipe bowl, 2 ceramic smoking pipes, 1,200 blue glass
beads, 900 glass beads, 603 shell and glass beads, 33 shell beads, 30
glass and slate beads, 8 ceramic vessels, 1 bird effigy ceramic pipe, 3
cylindrical brass beads, 5 sheet brass beads, 6 brass beads, 2 brass
gaming discs, 1 perforated brass rectangle, 1 twisted brass/copper
strip, 1 brass hawk bell fragment, 2 brass bracelets, 6 brass bracelet
fragments, 1 cut brass rectangle, 1 brass pipe bowl liner, 1 wolf
effigy comb, 2 antler figurines, 1 antler figurine in process, 1 antler
effigy comb, 1 antler human face effigy, 12 antler gaming discs, 15
antler gaming balls, 1 antler projectile point, 1 antler punch, 1
antler harpoon, 1 worked antler, 25 fragments from an antler double-
tooth comb, 17 (unidentified) animal bones, 2 pieces of weasel skull,
150 bones from a dog skeleton, 1 dog canine tooth, 2 bones from a dog
skull, 1 bone from a dog skull, 1 bone from a dog jaw, 27 bones from a
duck skeleton, 12 bear claw cores, 9 turkey bones, 16 bear claws/dog
teeth/shell beads, 1 eagle beak, 17 owl claw cores, 1 owl beak, 18
turkey bones/bear claw cores, 15 fragments of a turtle shell rattle, 25
fragments of a turtle shell rattle, 1 bear canine, 1 raccoon splanchnic
bone, and 35 deer bones.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on excavation reports, site
location, condition of the human remains, and continuities of material
culture, the Dutch Hollow site has been identified as a Seneca
occupation, dating to circa A.D. 1605-1620.
    In 1934, partial human remains representing three individuals were
recovered from the Boughton Hill site (Can 002) in Victor, Ontario
County, NY, during a field expedition led by William A. Ritchie of the
Rochester Museum and Science Center. No known individuals were
identified. The 16 associated funerary objects are 1 gun flint, 2 brass
projectile points, 1 container of fabric fragments, 1 kettle handle, 1
deer vertebra associated with a textile fragment, 2 wooden bowl
fragments, 4 pistol parts, 2 projectile points, and 2 pieces of animal
skin associated with bark fragments.
    In 1999, partial human remains representing one individual
recovered from the Boughton Hill site (Can 002) were found in the
Rochester Museum and Science Center collection. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on excavation reports, site
location, condition of the human remains, and continuities of material
culture, the Boughton Hill site has been identified as a Seneca
occupation, dating to circa A.D. 1670-1687.
    In 1950, partial human remains representing one individual were

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recovered from the Adams site (Hne 080) in Livonia, Livingston County,
NY, by Charles F. Wray and were donated to the Rochester Museum and
Science Center. No known individual was identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, this individual has been identified
as Native American. Based on reports of other excavations, site
location, and condition of the human remains, the Adams site has been
identified as a Seneca occupation, dating to circa A.D. 1575-1590.
    In 1934, partial human remains representing two individuals were
recovered from the Avon Bridge site (Cda 006) in Avon, Livingston
County, NY, during a Rochester Museum and Science Center field
expedition led by William A. Ritchie. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on reports of other excavations,
site location, and condition of the human remains, the Avon Bridge site
has been identified as a Seneca occupation, dating circa A.D. 1750-
1779.
    In 1942, partial human remains representing one individual were
recovered from the Barnard Street Cemetery site in Buffalo, Erie
County, NY, by W.L. Bryant, who gave them to the Rochester Museum and
Science Center. No known individuals were identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, this individual has been identified
as Native American. Frederick Houghton associated the site with a
Seneca village visited by Father Picquet prior to A.D. 1750. Based on
site location and the condition of the human remains, the Barnard
Street Cemetery site has been identified as a Seneca occupation, dating
to before A.D. 1750.
    In 1912, partial human remains representing three individuals were
recovered from the Beal site (Can 010) in East Bloomfield, Ontario
County, NY, by Frederick Houghton, who donated them to the Rochester
Museum and Science Center in 1942. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    At an unknown date, partial human remains representing one
individual were recovered from the Beal site by Albert Hoffman, who
donated them to the Rochester Museum and Science Center in 1955. No
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on site location and the condition
of the human remains, the Beal site has been identified as a Seneca
occupation, dating circa A.D. 1670-1687.
    In the late 19th century, partial human remains representing 23
individuals were recovered from the Buffam Street site (Buf 003) in the
city of Buffalo, Erie County, NY, by A.D. Strickler and E. Wende. At an
unknown date, partial human remains representing one individual were
recovered from the Buffam Street site by Frederick Houghton. In 1942,
these remains of 24 individuals were donated to the Rochester Museum
and Science Center by the Buffalo Museum of Science. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    At an unknown date, partial human remains representing one
individual were recovered from the Buffam Street site by person(s)
unknown and were incorporated into the collection of Alvin H. Dewey. In
1928-1929, these human remains were purchased by the Rochester Museum
and Science Center as part of the Dewey Collection. No known individual
was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. The site location is documented as that
of the Indian Mission Cemetery. Based on the site location and the
condition of the human remains, the Buffam Street site has been
identified as a Seneca occupation, dating to sometime after A.D. 1700.
    In 1936, partial human remains representing seven individuals were
recovered from the Canawaugus site (Cda 002) in Caledonia, Livingston
County, NY, during a Rochester Museum and Science Center field
expedition led by William A. Ritchie. No known individuals were
identified. The 4,152 associated funerary objects are 1 brass kettle, 1
brass kettle fragment, 4 pieces of a brass kettle containing cloth and
wood fragments, 1 bone comb, 1 wooden ladle, 6 wooden ladle fragments,
1 round glass mirror, 3 glass mirror fragments, 2,386 glass beads, 1
iron awl, 1 berry cake, 1 group of gourd fragments, 2 pieces of an iron
clasp knife, 1670 tubular glass beads, 1 package of vermilion, 1 shell
bead, 2 pieces of a clasp knife, 1 iron vanity box, 1 pair of scissors,
16 iron nails, 2 bark fragments, and 5 fabric fragments.
    Based on skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on the site location, historic
records linking this site with the historic Canawaugus Reservation, the
condition of the human remains, and continuities in material culture,
the Canawaugus site has been identified as a Seneca occupation, dating
to the late 1700's.
    In 1993, partial human remains representing three individuals were
recovered from the surface of the Power House site (Hne 002) in Lima,
Livingston County, NY, during a Rochester Museum and Science Center
field school excavation led by Lorraine Saunders. No known individuals
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on the skeletal morphology, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on site location and continuities
of material culture as represented in other collections from the site,
the Power House site has been identified as a Seneca occupation, dating
to circa A.D. 1640-1660.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
Rochester Museum and Science Center have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of 141 individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Rochester Museum and Science Center also have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2(d)(2), the 8,876 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. Lastly, officials of the Rochester Museum and
Science Center have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2(e), there
is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably
traced between these Native American human remains and associated
funerary objects and the Seneca Nation of New York, the Tonawanda Band
of Seneca Indians of New York, and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cayuga Nation of New
York, the Oneida Nation of New York, the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, the
Onondaga Nation of New York, the Seneca Nation of New York, the Seneca-
Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, the St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians of New
York, the Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin,
the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York, and the Tuscarora
Nation of New York. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary objects should contact Connie Bodner, NAGPRA
Liaison, Rochester Museum

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and Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607-2177,
telephone (716) 271-4552, extension 345, before December 21, 2000.
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to
the Seneca Nation of New York, the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of
New York, and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma may begin after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: November 14, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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