Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, Amherst, MA, 18059-18060 [2014-07145]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 61 / Monday, March 31, 2014 / Notices 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 and associated funerary objects. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Consultation A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by DoN officials in consultation with representatives of the Native Village of Barrow Inupiat Traditional Government. History and Description of the Remains Between 1951 and 1953, human remains representing, at minimum, 58 individuals were removed from the sites of Birnirk, Nunavah, Nuvuk, and other locations near Point Barrow in North Slope Borough, AK. The human remains were recovered during archeological excavations authorized under an Antiquities Act permit and directed by Wilbert Carter of the Peabody Museum, Harvard University. The collections from these sites were returned to the Peabody Museum following each field season, were transferred for a time to Tufts University, and were returned to the Peabody Museum by Mr. Carter in 1984. The collections were transferred to a Department of the Navy contract facility in Conshohocken, PA, in 2006, and in 2011, the collections were transferred to the Museum of the North, University of Alaska at Fairbanks. No known individuals were identified in the collection. The 124 associated funerary objects include: 33 wooden objects (miscellaneous objects and fragments, dowel pin, dish, dart shaft, game dispatcher, atlatl, wound plug, float, toy arrow, shafts, scoop, effigy pick handle, paddle blade, seal scratcher); 26 ivory objects (paddle tip, needle case, pins, harpoon head and shaft, dart, point, mouthpiece, fossil object, awl, worked object, composite handle, fragment); 23 bone objects (ice pick, spring trap frame, bola weight, worked objects, harpoon head, points, bow brace); 11 antler or antler/stone objects (points, harpoon heads, dart prongs, worked and un-worked antler); 8 other faunal objects (sewn skin fragments, marine shells, bear teeth and fur, baleen whale effigy); 7 stone objects (spall, burin, point, knife, hearthstone, whetstone); and 16 ceramic sherds. The majority of the human remains and associated funerary objects were excavated from three mounds at the Birnirk site, two mounds at Nunavah VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:10 Mar 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 18059 site, and one mound at Nuvuk site. The remains and objects from the Birnirk and Nuvuk sites date from 500 to 1200 A.D. The remains and objects from the Nunavah site are undated. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Determinations Made by the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, Amherst, MA Officials of the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice represent the physical remains of 58 individuals of Native American ancestry. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 124 objects described in this notice 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. • 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 associated funerary objects and the Native Village of Barrow Inupiat Traditional Government. Additional Requestors and Disposition Representatives of any Indian tribe not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains and associated funerary objects should submit a written request with information in support of the request to Dave M. Grant, Department of the Navy, NAVFAC NW., 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 102, Silverdale, WA 98315–1101, telephone (360) 396–0919, email dave.m.grant@navy.mil, by April 30, 2014. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Native Village of Barrow Inupiat Traditional Government may proceed. The U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy is responsible for notifying the Native Village of Barrow Inupiat Traditional Government that this notice has been published. Dated: March 10, 2014. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2014–07143 Filed 3–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–P PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–15182; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, has completed an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary objects and present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains and associated funerary objects should submit a written request to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed. DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains and associated funerary objects should submit a written request with information in support of the request to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, at the address in this notice by April 30, 2014. ADDRESSES: Rae Gould, Repatriation Coordinator, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, 215 Machmer Hall, 240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003, telephone (413) 545–2702, email rgould@anthro.umass.edu. SUMMARY: 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 and associated funerary objects under the control of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 18060 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 61 / Monday, March 31, 2014 / Notices Department of Anthropology. The human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from the Miacomet Burial Ground, Nantucket, MA. 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 and associated funerary objects. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Consultation A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, representing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (previously listed as the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Council, Inc.); Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation, a non-Federally recognized Indian group. History and Description of the Remains In 1988, University of Massachusetts (UMass) Archaeological Services assisted with the delineation and partial excavation of the Miacomet Burial Ground, Nantucket, MA, following the disturbance of burials at the site as part of a development project for the Nantucket Housing Authority. UMass Archaeological Services was employed to determine the boundaries of the burial ground and conducted subsurface testing and excavation, including the excavation of two burials. Although excavation of the burials left two individuals in situ, some items were recovered from the site, including soil samples from the burials containing human remains representing, at minimum, one individual, and have remained at UMass Archaeological Services in Amherst, MA. No known individuals were identified. A total of 22 associated funerary objects are present: 1 lot quahog shell, 1 lot oyster shell, 1 lot animal bone pieces, 1 lot historic glass pieces, 1 lot of ceramic shards, 1 lot of metal pieces, 1 lot of coffin nails and coffin wood pieces, 3 brass pin pieces, 2 brass buttons, 3 ceramic pipe pieces, 1 piece brick, 1 lot lithic flakes, 3 projectile points, 1 projectile point tip, and 1 partial groundstone artifact. The Miacomet Burial Ground is documented to have existed in the early Contact period, and used extensively in VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:10 Mar 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 the early 17th-century in particular. Ethnohistoric documents—including European colonial maps, written documents and missionary accounts— and Wampanoag oral history, indicate that the Wampanoag people and their allies, through marriage and war pacts (e.g. 1675 King Phillip’s War), were occupants of Massachusetts and Rhode Island at the time of contact and European colonization. Wampanoag oral history also indicates a maintained, long-term occupation of the region. The present-day Indian tribes and group most closely affiliated with members of the Wampanoag Nation are the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (previously listed as the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Council, Inc.); Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation, a nonFederally recognized Indian group. 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 a minimum of one individual of Native American ancestry. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 22 objects described in this notice 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. • 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 associated funerary objects to the Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, representing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (previously listed as the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Council, Inc.); Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation, a non-Federally recognized Indian group. Additional Requestors and Disposition Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains and associated funerary objects should submit a written request with information in support of the request to Rae Gould, Repatriation Coordinator, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, 215 Machmer Hall, 240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003, telephone (413) 545–2702, email PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 rgould@anthro.umass.edu, by April 30, 2014. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, representing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (previously listed as the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Council, Inc.); Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation, a non-Federally recognized Indian group, may proceed. The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology is responsible for notifying the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (previously listed as the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Council, Inc.); Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation, a nonFederally recognized Indian group that this notice has been published. Dated: March 4, 2014. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2014–07145 Filed 3–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–15214; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: Ball State University Department of Anthropology, Muncie, IN National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Ball State University Department of Anthropology has completed an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary objects and any present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains and associated funerary objects should submit a written request to the Ball State University Department of Anthropology. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1

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Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Massachusetts 
Amherst, Department of Anthropology, 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 and 
associated funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate 
Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that 
there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and 
associated funerary objects and present-day Indian tribes or Native 
Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any 
Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this 
notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains 
and associated funerary objects should submit a written request to the 
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology. If no 
additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human 
remains and associated funerary objects to the lineal descendants, 
Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice 
may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
request transfer of control of these human remains and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request with information in 
support of the request to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 
Department of Anthropology, at the address in this notice by April 30, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: Rae Gould, Repatriation Coordinator, University of 
Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, 215 Machmer Hall, 
240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003, telephone (413) 545-2702, email 
rgould@anthro.umass.edu.

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 and 
associated funerary objects under the control of the University of 
Massachusetts Amherst,

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Department of Anthropology. The human remains and associated funerary 
objects were removed from the Miacomet Burial Ground, Nantucket, MA.
    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 and associated funerary objects. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the 
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, representing the Mashpee 
Wampanoag Tribe (previously listed as the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian 
Council, Inc.); Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); and the Assonet 
Band of the Wampanoag Nation, a non-Federally recognized Indian group.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1988, University of Massachusetts (UMass) Archaeological 
Services assisted with the delineation and partial excavation of the 
Miacomet Burial Ground, Nantucket, MA, following the disturbance of 
burials at the site as part of a development project for the Nantucket 
Housing Authority. UMass Archaeological Services was employed to 
determine the boundaries of the burial ground and conducted subsurface 
testing and excavation, including the excavation of two burials. 
Although excavation of the burials left two individuals in situ, some 
items were recovered from the site, including soil samples from the 
burials containing human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual, and have remained at UMass Archaeological Services in 
Amherst, MA. No known individuals were identified. A total of 22 
associated funerary objects are present: 1 lot quahog shell, 1 lot 
oyster shell, 1 lot animal bone pieces, 1 lot historic glass pieces, 1 
lot of ceramic shards, 1 lot of metal pieces, 1 lot of coffin nails and 
coffin wood pieces, 3 brass pin pieces, 2 brass buttons, 3 ceramic pipe 
pieces, 1 piece brick, 1 lot lithic flakes, 3 projectile points, 1 
projectile point tip, and 1 partial groundstone artifact.
    The Miacomet Burial Ground is documented to have existed in the 
early Contact period, and used extensively in the early 17th-century in 
particular. Ethnohistoric documents--including European colonial maps, 
written documents and missionary accounts--and Wampanoag oral history, 
indicate that the Wampanoag people and their allies, through marriage 
and war pacts (e.g. 1675 King Phillip's War), were occupants of 
Massachusetts and Rhode Island at the time of contact and European 
colonization. Wampanoag oral history also indicates a maintained, long-
term occupation of the region. The present-day Indian tribes and group 
most closely affiliated with members of the Wampanoag Nation are the 
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (previously listed as the Mashpee Wampanoag 
Indian Council, Inc.); Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); and the 
Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation, a non-Federally recognized Indian 
group.

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 a minimum of one 
individual of Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 22 objects described 
in this notice 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.
     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 associated funerary objects to the Wampanoag 
Repatriation Confederation, representing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 
(previously listed as the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Council, Inc.); 
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); and the Assonet Band of the 
Wampanoag Nation, a non-Federally recognized Indian group.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
request transfer of control of these human remains and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request with information in 
support of the request to Rae Gould, Repatriation Coordinator, 
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, 215 
Machmer Hall, 240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003, telephone (413) 545-
2702, email rgould@anthro.umass.edu, by April 30, 2014. After that 
date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of 
control of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the 
Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation, representing the Mashpee 
Wampanoag Tribe (previously listed as the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian 
Council, Inc.); Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); and the Assonet 
Band of the Wampanoag Nation, a non-Federally recognized Indian group, 
may proceed.
    The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology 
is responsible for notifying the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (previously 
listed as the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Council, Inc.); Wampanoag Tribe 
of Gay Head (Aquinnah); and the Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation, a 
non-Federally recognized Indian group that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: March 4, 2014.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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