Notice of Inventory Completion: Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 74868-74869 [2012-30448]

Download as PDF 74868 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 243 / Tuesday, December 18, 2012 / Notices Consultation DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–11741; 2200–1100– 665] Notice of Inventory Completion: Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian tribes. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology. Repatriation of the human remains to the Indian tribes stated below may occur if no additional claimants come forward. SUMMARY: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology at the address below by January 17, 2013. ADDRESSES: Robert Paynter, Repatriation Committee Chair, telephone (413) 545– 2221, or Rae Gould, Repatriation Coordinator, telephone (413) 545–2702, University of Massachusetts, Department of Anthropology, 201 Machmer Hall, 240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology. The human remains were removed from Florida, most likely Brevard or Indian River counties. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with DATES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:29 Dec 17, 2012 Jkt 229001 A detailed assessment of the human remains and available documentation was made by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma; Catawba Indian Nation (aka Catawba Tribe of South Carolina); Cherokee Nation; Chickasaw Nation; Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana; Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana; Jena Band of Choctaw Indians; Miccosukee Tribe of Indians; Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma; Quapaw Tribe of Indians; Seminole Tribe of Florida (previously listed as the Seminole Tribe of Florida (Dania, Big Cypress, Brighton, Hollywood & Tampa Reservations)); The Muscogee (Creek) Nation; The Osage Nation (previously listed as the Osage Tribe); The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma; and the Wyandotte Nation (hereafter referred to as ‘‘The Tribes’’). Representatives of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology also contacted and attempted to consult with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Poarch Band of Creeks (previously listed as the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama); and the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe. History and Description of the Remains In about 1925, human remains representing, at minimum, 64 individuals were excavated from either the area of Melbourne, in Brevard County, FL, or the area of Vero Beach, in Indian River County, FL, by F.B. Loomis, Professor of Geology at Amherst College. In the early 1980s, these remains were transferred from Amherst College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology for permanent curation. Two additional individuals collected at the same time remained at Amherst College and are currently curated at the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College (formerly the Pratt Museum). These remains are the subject of a separate Notice of Inventory Completion. Most crania are marked with a red number that corresponds to an entry in a ledger entitled ‘‘Catalogue of Skeletal Material, Gilbert Museum of Indian Relics.’’ Entries in that ledger read: ‘‘Seminole from Melbourne Florida.’’ Although museum records regarding the human remains are fragmentary, provenience information associated PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 with the remains indicates the following proveniences: 56 individuals from the ‘‘Grant Burial Heap’’ or simply from ‘‘Grant, Fla.’’; five individuals from ‘‘Grant Burial Heap Linx, Fla.’’; one individual from ‘‘Ballard Mound’’; and two individuals from ‘‘Micco, Fla.’’ No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present with the human remains at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Many of the remains have black numbers that resemble the numbering system used by F.B. Loomis in the field. Loomis was engaged in excavating in Florida in 1923 and 1925, at least. No field notes from Loomis’s excavations remain, but newspaper reports at the time indicate Loomis collected from ‘‘burial mounds’’ (Melbourne Florida Times, December 5, 1923). The Boston Globe on November 1, 1925, reported Loomis and his coworkers excavated ‘‘in Melbourne and on the east coast of Florida’’ for five weeks and ‘‘at Vero Beach’’ for two, obtaining ‘‘50 skulls and about one dozen skeletons.’’ This article also associates these mounds with Native Americans from southern rather than western Florida, based on the absence of pottery or tools in the mounds. No doubt, this conclusion derived from an interview with Loomis himself. Similarly, the Globe reported, ‘‘[t]he skeletons lay in formation around the mound, and when one layer was completed, earth was piled on and another layer begun. In this way the growth of the mound was effected.’’ On March 17, 1869, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual were removed from the area of ‘‘Haul Over Canal,’’ in Brevard County, FL, by unknown collectors. In or around 1939, the remains were donated to Amherst College, and, in the early 1980s, the remains were transferred to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology. The remains bear the collection number 20137 in black ink, which corresponds to an entry in the ‘‘Catalogue of the Gilbert Museum of Indian Relics in Amherst College, Volume V’’ (presently maintained in the Amherst College Archives). The entry states the remains were collected ‘‘* * * from a mound near ‘Haul Over Canal’ between Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon, East Florida March 17th, 1869.’’ No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present with the human remains at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Multiple lines of evidence—guided by tribal consultations—including geographic, oral tradition, archaeological, linguistic, historical, and E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 243 / Tuesday, December 18, 2012 / Notices aboriginal land claims, demonstrate a shared group identity between these human remains and the modern-day tribes of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; Seminole Tribe of Florida; and The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. Determinations Made by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology Officials of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice represent the physical remains of 65 individuals of Native American ancestry. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; Seminole Tribe of Florida; and The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. Additional Requestors and Disposition Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Robert Paynter, Repatriation Committee Chair, telephone (413) 545–2221, or Rae Gould, Repatriation Coordinator, telephone (413) 545–2702, University of Massachusetts, Department of Anthropology, 201 Machmer Hall, 240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003, before January 17, 2013. Repatriation of the human remains to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; Seminole Tribe of Florida; and The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology is responsible for notifying The Tribes that this notice has been published. Dated: November 20, 2012. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2012–30448 Filed 12–17–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–11637; 2200–1100– 665] Notice of Inventory Completion: Southern Oregon Historical Society, Medford, OR; Correction National Park Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice; correction. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:29 Dec 17, 2012 Jkt 229001 The Southern Oregon Historical Society has corrected an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects published in a Notice of Inventory Completion in the Federal Register on August 24, 2012. This notice corrects the list of tribes consulted and the tribes eligible to receive disposition of the human remains and associated funerary objects listed in the earlier notice. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the Southern Oregon Historical Society. Disposition of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Indian tribes stated below may occur if no additional claimants come forward. DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the Southern Oregon Historical Society at the address below by January 17, 2013. ADDRESSES: Tina Reuwsaat, Southern Oregon Historical Society, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford, OR 97501, telephone (541) 858–1724 ext. 1001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the correction of an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects in the possession of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, Medford, OR. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. This notice corrects the list of tribes consulted and the tribes eligible to receive disposition of the human remains and associated funerary objects published in a Notice of Inventory Completion in the Federal Register (77 FR 51565–51566, August 24, 2012). Following publication, an additional tribe came forward requesting to be added to the notice. SUMMARY: Correction In the Federal Register (77 FR 51565– 51566, August 24, 2012), paragraph six is corrected by substituting the following paragraph: Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians of Oregon; and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon (previously listed as the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation). The following tribes were contacted without response: Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon; Coquille Tribe of Oregon; and the Quartz Valley Indian Community of the Quartz Valley Reservation of California. In the Federal Register (77 FR 51565– 51566, August 24, 2012), paragraph eight, bullets three and six are corrected by replacing ‘‘the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon’’ with ‘‘the Confederate Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon (previously listed as the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation).’’ Additional Requestors and Disposition Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains or any other Indian tribe that believes it satisfies the criteria in 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1) should contact Tina Reuwsaat at the Southern Oregon Historical Society, 106 N. Central Avenue, Medford, OR 97520, telephone (541) 858–1724 ext. 1001, before January 17, 2013. Disposition of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon (previously listed as the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation) may proceed after that date if no additional requestors come forward. The Southern Oregon Historical Society is responsible for notifying the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians of Oregon; and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon (previously listed as the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation) that this notice has been published. Dated: October 29, 2012. Melanie O’Brien, Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2012–30464 Filed 12–17–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–P A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Southern Oregon Historical Society professional staff in consultation with representatives of the PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 74869 E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-11741; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Department of Anthropology, 
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of 
Anthropology has completed an inventory of human remains, in 
consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined 
that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and 
present-day Indian tribes. Representatives of any Indian tribe that 
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may 
contact the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of 
Anthropology. Repatriation of the human remains to the Indian tribes 
stated below may occur if no additional claimants come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the 
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology at the 
address below by January 17, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Robert Paynter, Repatriation Committee Chair, telephone 
(413) 545-2221, or Rae Gould, Repatriation Coordinator, telephone (413) 
545-2702, University of Massachusetts, Department of Anthropology, 201 
Machmer Hall, 240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 
U.S.C. 3003, of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the 
possession of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of 
Anthropology. The human remains were removed from Florida, most likely 
Brevard or Indian River counties.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The 
determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains and available 
documentation was made by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 
Department of Anthropology professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma; Catawba Indian Nation 
(aka Catawba Tribe of South Carolina); Cherokee Nation; Chickasaw 
Nation; Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana; Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; 
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana; Jena Band of Choctaw Indians; Miccosukee 
Tribe of Indians; Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; Modoc Tribe of 
Oklahoma; Quapaw Tribe of Indians; Seminole Tribe of Florida 
(previously listed as the Seminole Tribe of Florida (Dania, Big 
Cypress, Brighton, Hollywood & Tampa Reservations)); The Muscogee 
(Creek) Nation; The Osage Nation (previously listed as the Osage 
Tribe); The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; United Keetoowah Band of 
Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma; and the Wyandotte Nation (hereafter 
referred to as ``The Tribes''). Representatives of the University of 
Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology also contacted and 
attempted to consult with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Poarch 
Band of Creeks (previously listed as the Poarch Band of Creek Indians 
of Alabama); and the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe.

History and Description of the Remains

    In about 1925, human remains representing, at minimum, 64 
individuals were excavated from either the area of Melbourne, in 
Brevard County, FL, or the area of Vero Beach, in Indian River County, 
FL, by F.B. Loomis, Professor of Geology at Amherst College. In the 
early 1980s, these remains were transferred from Amherst College to the 
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology for 
permanent curation. Two additional individuals collected at the same 
time remained at Amherst College and are currently curated at the 
Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College (formerly the Pratt 
Museum). These remains are the subject of a separate Notice of 
Inventory Completion.
    Most crania are marked with a red number that corresponds to an 
entry in a ledger entitled ``Catalogue of Skeletal Material, Gilbert 
Museum of Indian Relics.'' Entries in that ledger read: ``Seminole from 
Melbourne Florida.'' Although museum records regarding the human 
remains are fragmentary, provenience information associated with the 
remains indicates the following proveniences: 56 individuals from the 
``Grant Burial Heap'' or simply from ``Grant, Fla.''; five individuals 
from ``Grant Burial Heap Linx, Fla.''; one individual from ``Ballard 
Mound''; and two individuals from ``Micco, Fla.'' No known individuals 
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present with the 
human remains at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
    Many of the remains have black numbers that resemble the numbering 
system used by F.B. Loomis in the field. Loomis was engaged in 
excavating in Florida in 1923 and 1925, at least. No field notes from 
Loomis's excavations remain, but newspaper reports at the time indicate 
Loomis collected from ``burial mounds'' (Melbourne Florida Times, 
December 5, 1923). The Boston Globe on November 1, 1925, reported 
Loomis and his coworkers excavated ``in Melbourne and on the east coast 
of Florida'' for five weeks and ``at Vero Beach'' for two, obtaining 
``50 skulls and about one dozen skeletons.'' This article also 
associates these mounds with Native Americans from southern rather than 
western Florida, based on the absence of pottery or tools in the 
mounds. No doubt, this conclusion derived from an interview with Loomis 
himself. Similarly, the Globe reported, ``[t]he skeletons lay in 
formation around the mound, and when one layer was completed, earth was 
piled on and another layer begun. In this way the growth of the mound 
was effected.''
    On March 17, 1869, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from the area of ``Haul Over Canal,'' in 
Brevard County, FL, by unknown collectors. In or around 1939, the 
remains were donated to Amherst College, and, in the early 1980s, the 
remains were transferred to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 
Department of Anthropology. The remains bear the collection number 
20137 in black ink, which corresponds to an entry in the ``Catalogue of 
the Gilbert Museum of Indian Relics in Amherst College, Volume V'' 
(presently maintained in the Amherst College Archives). The entry 
states the remains were collected ``* * * from a mound near `Haul Over 
Canal' between Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon, East Florida March 
17th, 1869.'' No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present with the human remains at the University 
of Massachusetts Amherst.
    Multiple lines of evidence--guided by tribal consultations--
including geographic, oral tradition, archaeological, linguistic, 
historical, and

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aboriginal land claims, demonstrate a shared group identity between 
these human remains and the modern-day tribes of the Muscogee (Creek) 
Nation, Oklahoma; Seminole Tribe of Florida; and The Seminole Nation of 
Oklahoma.

Determinations Made by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 
Department of Anthropology

    Officials of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of 
Anthropology have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 65 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the Native 
American human remains and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; 
Seminole Tribe of Florida; and The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Robert 
Paynter, Repatriation Committee Chair, telephone (413) 545-2221, or Rae 
Gould, Repatriation Coordinator, telephone (413) 545-2702, University 
of Massachusetts, Department of Anthropology, 201 Machmer Hall, 240 
Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003, before January 17, 2013. Repatriation of 
the human remains to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; Seminole 
Tribe of Florida; and The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology 
is responsible for notifying The Tribes that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: November 20, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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