[Federal Register: October 9, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 195)]
[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 in the Possession of the Peabody Museum
of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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 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

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for the determinations within this notice.
    A detailed assessment of human remains and associated funerary
objects was made by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
professional staff in consultation with officials from the Tunica-
Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana.
    In 1972, human remains representing four individuals were collected
from the Trudeau site in West Feliciana Parish, LA, by Jeffrey P. Brain
as part of the Lower Mississippi Survey expedition. The Lower
Mississippi Survey was a project of Harvard University faculty in 1972.
No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects
are present.
    The Trudeau site is known to have been the primary village and
cemetery area of Tunica people from 1731 through 1764, based on Native
American ceramics, glass beads, and European objects recovered from the
site. Historical, ethnohistorical, and oral historical evidence
summarized by Mr. Brain in his publication, Tunica Archaeology, support
that the present-day descendants of the 18th-century Tunica are the
Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana.
    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 four 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 Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of
Louisiana.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Tunica-Biloxi Indian
Tribe of Louisiana. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
should contact Patricia Capone, Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity
Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 496-3702, before November
8, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains to the Tunica-Biloxi Indian
Tribe of Louisiana may begin after that date if no other additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: July 18, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-25144 Filed 10-5-01; 8:45 am]
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