[Federal Register: April 3, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 64)]
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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 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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the possession of Peabody Museum of Archaeology and
Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
    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 was made by Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology professional staff in consultation
with representatives of the Coeur D'Alene Tribe of the Coeur D'Alene
Reservation, Idaho; the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama
Indian Nation of the Yakama Reservation, Washington; the Confederated
Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington; the Confederated Tribes
of the Umatilla Reservation, Oregon; the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho; and
the Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation, Washington.
    In 1871, human remains representing one individual were collected
from the banks of the Snake River at the mouth of Tucannon, near Fort
Taylor, Columbia County, WA, by C.R. Greenleaf. In 1872, Mr. Greenleaf
gifted these human remains to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and
Ethnology. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    Museum documentation identifies this individual as a ``Palouse
Indian.'' The attribution of such a specific cultural affiliation to
the human remains indicates that the interment post-dates sustained
contact between indigenous groups and Europeans beginning in the early
19th century. The human remains were from an area commonly considered
to be traditional Palouse territory during this period. Oral traditions
and historic evidence indicate that although some Palouse People
occupied their traditional territory until the mid-1900s, many Palouse
people went to live on neighboring reservations beginning in the late
19th century, where they continue to maintain their identity as Palouse
people. Based on consultation with the Indian tribes listed above, the
present-day tribes representing the Palouse people are the Confederated
Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation of the Yakama Reservation,
Washington; the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation,
Washington; and the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho.
    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 one individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology also 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 the Confederated Tribes and Bands of
the Yakama Indian Nation of the Yakama Reservation, Washington; the
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington; and the
Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho. This notice has been sent to officials of the
Coeur D'Alene Tribe of the Coeur D'Alene Reservation, Idaho; the
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation of the Yakama
Reservation, Washington; the Confederated Tribes of the Colville
Reservation, Washington; the Confederated Tribes of the Unatilla
Reservation, Oregon; the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho; and the Spokane
Tribe of the Spokane Reservation, Washington. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains should contact Barbara Isaac, Repatriation
Coordinator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity
Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 495-2254, before May 3,
2001. Repatriation of the human remains to the Confederated Tribes and
Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation of the Yakama Reservation,
Washington; the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation,
Washington; and the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho may begin after that date
if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 20, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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