Notice of Inventory Completion: Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 27929-27931 [2014-11243]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 94 / Thursday, May 15, 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) and 43 CFR 10.11(d). 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 Wisconsin-Madison Department of Anthropology professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin; Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin; Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of the Lac du Flambeau Reservation of Wisconsin; Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin; Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Wisconsin; and the Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin. The following tribes were invited to consult but did not participate: The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians of the Bad River Reservation, Wisconsin; Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Fond du Lac Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Grand Portage Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan; Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Michigan; Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Mille Lacs Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; and the White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota. History and Description of the Remains Sometime before March 29, 1957, human remains representing, at minimum, two individuals were removed from an unknown site in Lincoln County, WI. The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) accessioned these human remains on March 29, 1957, with a handwritten note that states the remains were recovered by ‘‘state police’’ and examined by the Wisconsin Crime Laboratory. Catalog cards indicate that the human remains came from Lincoln VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:18 May 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 County, in the vicinity of Tomahawk, WI. The human remains represent a male mid-age adult and an adult of indeterminate sex. No known individuals were identified. The six associated funerary objects are 2 quartz flakes, 2 additional flakes, and 2 pieces of float copper. Determinations Made by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Anthropology Officials of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Anthropology have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice are Native American based on their examination by a physical anthropologist and their recovery from an archeological site with prehistoric artifacts. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice represent the physical remains of two individuals of Native American ancestry. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the six 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), a relationship of shared group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and associated funerary objects and any present-day Indian tribe. • Treaties, Acts of Congress, or Executive Orders, indicate that the land from which the Native American human remains and associated funerary objects were removed is the aboriginal land of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians of the Bad River Reservation, Wisconsin; Bay Mills Indian Community, Michigan; Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; ChippewaCree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, Montana; Fond du Lac Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Grand Portage Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan; Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of the Lac du Flambeau Reservation of Wisconsin; Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Mille Lacs Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Minnesota; Saginaw PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27929 Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Wisconsin; St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota; and the White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota (hereafter referred to as ‘‘The Tribes’’). • Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the human remains and associated funerary objects may be to The Tribes. Additional Requestors and Disposition 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 Sissel Schroeder, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Anthropology, 1180 Observatory Drive, 5240 Social Sciences Building, Madison, WI 53706, telephone (608) 262–0317, email sschroeder2@wisc.edu, by June 16, 2014. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains and associated funerary objects to The Tribes may proceed. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Anthropology is responsible for notifying The Tribes that this notice has been published. Dated: March 31, 2014. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2014–11234 Filed 5–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–15441; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, Amherst, MA National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College (formerly the Pratt Museum of Natural History) has completed an inventory of human remains, 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 present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 27930 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 94 / Thursday, May 15, 2014 / Notices TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 should submit a written request to the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains 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 should submit a written request with information in support of the request to the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College at the address in this notice by June 16, 2014. ADDRESSES: Tekla A. Harms, NAGPRA Coordinator, Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002, telephone (413) 542–2711, email taharms@amherst.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 under the control of the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, Amherst, MA. The human remains were removed from the towns of Easthampton in Hampshire County, MA, and Greenfield in Franklin County, 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. 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 NAGPRA Coordinator and museum staff of the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, working with the professional staff of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, in consultation with representatives of the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut); Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council, Inc.); Mohegan Indian Tribe of Connecticut; Narragansett Indian Tribe; VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:18 May 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin; Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); and non-Federally recognized Indian groups, including Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, St. Francis/Sokoki Band, VT; Abenaki Nation of New Hampshire; Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki People, NH; Elnu Tribe of the Abenaki, VT; Koasek (Cowasuck) Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation, VT; Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation, VT; Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki Nation, VT; and Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck and Nipmuc Nation, MA. Representatives of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, on behalf of the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, also contacted but did not consult with the non-Federally recognized Indian groups Schaghticoke Indian Tribe and Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, CT. History and Description of the Remains In 1871, human remains representing, at minimum, four individuals were removed from a site in the town of Easthampton at the north end of Mt Tom, in Hampshire County, MA. The remains were excavated during construction for a railroad and were donated to Amherst College by Horatio N. Rust sometime before 1916. The human remains include four crania or partial crania, cranial fragments, and several teeth, along with one postcranial skeletal element, best identified as two adults and two children. Contemporaneous catalog entries indicate the remains were understood at the time of excavation to be Native American and to represent burial sites of the indigenous population. These human remains have been identified as Nonotuck. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present. In 1916, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual were removed from the Cheapside site in the town of Greenfield, Franklin County, MA. This individual was encountered during railroad construction and removed by Ralph Wheaton Whipple of Amherst College, working in collaboration with Harris Hawthorne Wilder of Smith College. The individual is represented by post-cranial skeletal elements with some burial dirt attached and is best identified as an adult male over the age of 50. Records suggest that the skeleton was at Smith College in 1941, but held at Amherst College at all other times. Contemporaneous field notes and a publication (American Anthropologist, 1917) indicate the remains were understood at the time of PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 excavation to be Native American and to represent burial sites of the indigenous population. These remains are identified as Pocumtuck. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Multiple lines of evidence—guided by tribal consultations—including geographic location, maps, oral tradition, linguistic, and historical records demonstrate a shared group identity between the human remains in this notice and the Narragansett Indian Tribe; Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin; Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) (hereafter referred to as ‘‘The Tribes’’); and non-Federally recognized Indian groups, including Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, St. Francis/Sokoki Band, VT; Abenaki Nation of New Hampshire; Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki People, NH; Elnu Tribe of the Abenaki, VT; Koasek (Cowasuck) Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation, VT; Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation, VT; Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki Nation, VT; and Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck and Nipmuc Nation, MA (hereafter referred to as ‘‘The Indian Groups’’). Determinations Made by the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College Officials of the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College (formerly the Pratt Museum of Natural History) have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice represent the physical remains of five 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 Tribes and The Indian Groups. 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 should submit a written request with information in support of the request to Tekla A. Harms, NAGPRA Coordinator, Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002, telephone (413) 542–2711, email taharms@ amherst.edu by June 16, 2014. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to The Tribes may proceed. E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 94 / Thursday, May 15, 2014 / Notices The Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College is responsible for notifying The Tribes and The Indian Groups that this notice has been published. Dated: April 2, 2014. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2014–11243 Filed 5–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–15408; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Anthropology, Madison, WI National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The University of WisconsinMadison 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 University of WisconsinMadison 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. DATES: 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 WisconsinMadison Department of Anthropology at the address in this notice by June 16, 2014. ADDRESSES: Sissel Schroeder, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Anthropology, 1180 Observatory Drive, 5240 Social Sciences Building, Madison, WI 53706, telephone (608) 262–0317, email sschroeder2@wisc.edu. TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:18 May 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 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 Wisconsin-Madison Department of Anthropology, Madison, WI. The human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from Portage County, WI. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3) and 43 CFR 10.11(d). 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Consultation A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Anthropology professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin; Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin; Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of the Lac du Flambeau Reservation of Wisconsin; Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin; Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Wisconsin; and the Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin. The following tribes were invited to consult but did not participate: The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians of the Bad River Reservation, Wisconsin; Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Fond du Lac Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Grand Portage Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan; Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Michigan; Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Mille Lacs Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; and the White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota. PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27931 History and Description of the Remains In 1966, human remains representing, at minimum, 11 individuals were removed from the Bigelow-Hamilton site, in Portage County, WI, by William Hurley as part of his dissertation research under the direction of David A. Baerreis at the University of WisconsinMadison (UW-Madison). The site was first documented in the 1800s, excavated numerous times through the early-mid 1900s, and severely modified by both natural and cultural processes. The site consists of a series of conical, effigy, and linear mounds, as well as habitation areas. These human remains were removed from Mounds 9, A, B, Q, and R and have been curated at UWMadison since the time of excavation. No known individuals were identified. The 60 associated funerary objects are: From Mound 9, Burial 3, 9 silicified sandstone triangular points; from Mound 9, Burial 4, 1 lot fragmentary material that includes a grit-tempered prehistoric sherd; from Mound A, Burial 3, 1 iron knife; from Mound A, Burial 5, 1 worked deer antler, 1 beaver incisor, 1 silicified sandstone triangular projectile point, 1 lot of shell fragments, and 1 lot of small, fragmentary objects containing a small seed bead; from Mound B, Burial 4, 1 lot of white seeds or compound beads, 1 strike-a-light, 1 gun flint, 1 lot of square-cut iron nails, 1 lot of fragments including human hair and beads, 5 large stone fragments, 3 grit-tempered prehistoric pottery sherds, 2 small silicified sandstone flakes, 1 lot of small fragments of non-human animal bones, 1 lot of fragments including metal pins and preserved fabric, and 1 lot of miscellaneous beads and nails; from Mound B, Burial 7, 1 lot of white seeds or compound beads, 1 small silver pin, 1 coat button, 1 lot of square-cut nails and wood fragments, 1 metal knife with a wooden handle, 1 sewn birchbark sheath, 1 ‘TD’ style white kaolin pipe, 1 glass mirror, 5 brass buttons, 1 fork, 1 woven wool pouch with beads and hematite, 1 lot of small fragments of red ochre, and 1 lot of small stone fragments, nails, and shells; from Mound B, Burial 11, 1 lot of glass seeds or composite white beads, 2 fragmentary metal broaches, 1 strike-a-light or coffin handle, 1 gunflint with textile and wood fragments, 1 brass circular pin, 1 lot of miscellaneous lithic and small prehistoric pottery fragments, and 2 cubes of galena. The site dates from the Late Woodland Period (ca. A.D. 800– 1050) and the Historic Native American Period (ca. A.D. 1790–1848). E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

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[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-15441; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Beneski Museum of Natural 
History, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College 
(formerly the Pratt Museum of Natural History) has completed an 
inventory of human remains, 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 present-day 
Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal

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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 should submit a written 
request to the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College. If 
no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human 
remains 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 should submit a 
written request with information in support of the request to the 
Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College at the address in 
this notice by June 16, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Tekla A. Harms, NAGPRA Coordinator, Beneski Museum of 
Natural History, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002, telephone (413) 
542-2711, email taharms@amherst.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 under 
the control of the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, 
Amherst, MA. The human remains were removed from the towns of 
Easthampton in Hampshire County, MA, and Greenfield in Franklin County, 
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. 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 NAGPRA 
Coordinator and museum staff of the Beneski Museum of Natural History, 
Amherst College, working with the professional staff of the University 
of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, in consultation 
with representatives of the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Tribe 
(previously listed as the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut); 
Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Mashpee 
Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council, Inc.); Mohegan Indian Tribe of 
Connecticut; Narragansett Indian Tribe; Stockbridge Munsee Community, 
Wisconsin; Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); and non-Federally 
recognized Indian groups, including Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, St. 
Francis/Sokoki Band, VT; Abenaki Nation of New Hampshire; Cowasuck Band 
of the Pennacook-Abenaki People, NH; Elnu Tribe of the Abenaki, VT; 
Koasek (Cowasuck) Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation, VT; 
Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation, VT; Nulhegan 
Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki Nation, VT; and Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck 
and Nipmuc Nation, MA. Representatives of the University of 
Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, on behalf of the 
Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, also contacted but 
did not consult with the non-Federally recognized Indian groups 
Schaghticoke Indian Tribe and Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, CT.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1871, human remains representing, at minimum, four individuals 
were removed from a site in the town of Easthampton at the north end of 
Mt Tom, in Hampshire County, MA. The remains were excavated during 
construction for a railroad and were donated to Amherst College by 
Horatio N. Rust sometime before 1916. The human remains include four 
crania or partial crania, cranial fragments, and several teeth, along 
with one post-cranial skeletal element, best identified as two adults 
and two children. Contemporaneous catalog entries indicate the remains 
were understood at the time of excavation to be Native American and to 
represent burial sites of the indigenous population. These human 
remains have been identified as Nonotuck. No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1916, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from the Cheapside site in the town of Greenfield, 
Franklin County, MA. This individual was encountered during railroad 
construction and removed by Ralph Wheaton Whipple of Amherst College, 
working in collaboration with Harris Hawthorne Wilder of Smith College. 
The individual is represented by post-cranial skeletal elements with 
some burial dirt attached and is best identified as an adult male over 
the age of 50. Records suggest that the skeleton was at Smith College 
in 1941, but held at Amherst College at all other times. 
Contemporaneous field notes and a publication (American Anthropologist, 
1917) indicate the remains were understood at the time of excavation to 
be Native American and to represent burial sites of the indigenous 
population. These remains are identified as Pocumtuck. No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Multiple lines of evidence--guided by tribal consultations--
including geographic location, maps, oral tradition, linguistic, and 
historical records demonstrate a shared group identity between the 
human remains in this notice and the Narragansett Indian Tribe; 
Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin; Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head 
(Aquinnah) (hereafter referred to as ``The Tribes''); and non-Federally 
recognized Indian groups, including Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, St. 
Francis/Sokoki Band, VT; Abenaki Nation of New Hampshire; Cowasuck Band 
of the Pennacook-Abenaki People, NH; Elnu Tribe of the Abenaki, VT; 
Koasek (Cowasuck) Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation, VT; 
Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation, VT; Nulhegan 
Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki Nation, VT; and Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck 
and Nipmuc Nation, MA (hereafter referred to as ``The Indian Groups'').

Determinations Made by the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst 
College

    Officials of the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College 
(formerly the Pratt Museum of Natural History) have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of five 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 Tribes and The Indian Groups.

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 should submit a 
written request with information in support of the request to Tekla A. 
Harms, NAGPRA Coordinator, Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst 
College, Amherst, MA 01002, telephone (413) 542-2711, email 
taharms@amherst.edu by June 16, 2014. After that date, if no additional 
requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains 
to The Tribes may proceed.

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    The Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College is 
responsible for notifying The Tribes and The Indian Groups that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: April 2, 2014.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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