[Federal Register: May 3, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 86)]
[Notices]
[Page 22254]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr03my01-98]

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Tioga County Historical Society, Owego, NY

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

    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 Tioga County Historical
Society, Owego, NY, that meet the definition of ``unassociated funerary
objects'' 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 eight cultural items are an iron tomahawk, a celt, copper
points, arrowshaft fragments, carbonized material, and a deer bone
ornament. The iron tomahawk, copper points, arrowshaft fragment, and
carbonized material have not been located.
    In 1953, the iron tomahawk, celt, copper points, arrowshaft
fragment and carbonized material were donated by James S. Truman to the
Tioga County Historical Society. Donor information indicates that the
iron tomahawk was removed from an ``Indian grave in Cayuga County,
NY''; the celt was removed from ``an Indian mound in Cayuga County,
NY''; and the copper points, arrowshaft fragment, and carbonized
material were removed ``from a Cayuga County, NY Indian grave.'' Donor
information indicates that the deer bone ornament was removed from ``a
grave in Cayuga County, NY'' and was donated at an unknown date to the
Tioga County Historical Society by Frank Truman.
    Based on geographic location, archeological evidence, and object
types, these cultural items have been affiliated with the Cayuga Nation
of New York. Historical evidence indicates that the Cayuga Nation of
New York were the aboriginal occupants of the areas in which the
cultural items were found. Oral history of the Cayuga indicates that
the area in which the cultural items were found is within their
traditional territory.
    Officials of the Tioga County Historical Society have determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2)(ii), these eight 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 Tioga County Historical Society 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
items and the Cayuga Nation of New York.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cayuga Nation of New
York; St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians; Seneca Nation of New York;
Oneida Nation of New York; Onondaga Nation of New York; Seneca-Cayuga
Tribe of Oklahoma; Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin; Tonawanda Band of Seneca
Indian of New York; and Tuscarora Nation of New York. Representatives
of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally
affiliated with these objects should contact Dana Leo, Curator, Tioga
County Historical Society, 110 Front Street, Owego, NY 13827, telephone
(607) 687-2460, before June 4, 2001. Repatriation of these objects to
the Cayuga Nation of New York may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: April 11, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-11134 Filed 5-2-01; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-70-F
Back to the top

Back to National NAGPRA