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

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item 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
a cultural item in the possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology
and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, that meets 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 this
cultural item. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    The one cultural item is an iron hammer.
    Prior to 1869, human remains and associated funerary objects were
collected by Acting Assistant Surgeon G.P. Hachenberg, U.S. Army, from
a grave near Fort Randall, SD. In 1869, Surgeon Hachenberg donated the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Army Medical
Museum (now the National Museum of Health and Medicine), Washington,
DC. In 1876, the iron hammer, one of the associated funerary objects,
was transferred to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology from
the Army Medical Museum. Army Medical Museum records indicate that the
grave was that of an Oglala Sioux man and his mother.
    The human remains and remaining associated funerary objects were
transferred by the Army Medical Museum to the Smithsonian Institution.
In 1998, these human remains were repatriated to the Oglala Sioux Tribe
of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, from the National Museum
of Natural History.
    Based on the 1998 repatriation, this cultural item is now
considered an unassociated funerary object. Based on museum
documentation and geographical evidence, this cultural item has been
affiliated with the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation,
South 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), this one cultural item is 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 is
believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from
a specific burial site of an Native American individual. Officials of
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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 this cultural item and
the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota.
This notice has been sent to officials of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with this
unassociated funerary object 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 this unassociated funerary object to the Oglala
Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South 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. 01-6841 Filed 3-19-01; 8:45 am]
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