[Federal Register: March 26, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 58)]
[Notices]
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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

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 Ethology 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 six cultural items are five metal brooch fragments and red
pigment powder.
    Prior to 1900, these cultural items were collected by Rev. J.W.
Millar from a grave near Harbor Springs, Emmet County, MI. 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 are ``Chippewa''
and were ``supposed to be 150 years old in 1899.'' This specific
cultural attribution indicates that the collector was aware of the
culture of the burial and suggests that it dated to historic times. The
style of these brooch fragments are consistent with metal trade items
of the 18th and early 19th centuries.
    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 six 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

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traced between these unassociated funerary objects and the Little
Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians of Michigan. This notice has been
sent to officials of the Bay Mills Indian Community of the Sault Ste.
Marie Band of Chippewa Indians, Bay Mills Reservation, Michigan; the
Grand Traverse Band of Ottaawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan; the
Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians of Michigan; the Red Lake
Band of Chippewa Indians of the Red Lake Reservation, Minnesota; and
the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan.
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 25, 2001. Repatriation of these
unassociated funerary objects to the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa
Indians of Michigan may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 7, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-7437 Filed 3-23-01; 8:45 am]
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