[Federal Register: March 20, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 54)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items 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 under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3), of the intent to repatriate
cultural items in the possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology
and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, that meet the
definition of ``unassociated funerary object'' under Section 2 of the
Act.
    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
cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    The 59 cultural items are brass beads.
    Prior to 1895, these cultural items were collected from a grave
near Yantic, MT, by Rev. J.W. Millar. In 1909, these cultural items
were donated to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology by
Lewis H. Farlow.
    Museum records indicate that these cultural items were ``from a
`dug out' house grave'' and are attributed to the Cree. The specific
cultural attribution indicates that the collector was aware of the
cultural affiliation of the burial and suggests that it dated to
historic times. Based on the specific cultural attribution in museum
records, the 19th century date of the burial, and geographical location
within the historic territory of the Cree, these cultural items are
considered to be affiliated with the Chippewa-Cree Indians of the Rocky
Boy's Reservation, Montana; and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
Indians of North Dakota.
    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)(2)(ii), these cultural items 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 and are believed,
by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from a
specific burial site of an Native American individual. 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 cultural items and
the Chippewa-Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy's Reservation, Montana; and
the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota. This
notice has been sent to officials of the Chippewa-Cree Indians of the
Rocky Boy's Reservation, Montana; and the Turtle Mountain Band of
Chippewa Indians of North Dakota. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these
unassociated funerary objects should contact Barbara Isaac,
Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology,
11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 495-2254,
before April 19, 2001. Repatriation of these unassociated funerary
objects to the Chippewa-Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy's Reservation,
Montana; and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North
Dakota may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.

    Dated: February 23, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-6842 Filed 3-19-01; 8:45 am]
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