[Federal Register: February 26, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 38)]
[Notices]
[Page 7120-7121]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from Indian Gardens Cemetery (Cross
Village) in Emmet County, Michigan, in the Possession and Control of
the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science, Davenport, IA

AGENCY: National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C 3003 (d), of
the completion of the Inventory of Human Remains and Associated
Funerary Objects from Indian Gardens Cemetery (Cross Village), Emmet
County, Michigan, which are in the possession and control of the Putnam
Museum of History and Natural Science, Davenport, IA.
    The detailed inventory and assessment of the partial remains of a
burial from a cemetery in the historical

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Cross Village area has been made by the Putnam Museum professional
staff and the Michigan State Archeologist professional staff in
consultation with the Grand Traverse Bay Band of Chippewa and Ottawa
and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. Although the skull
and mandibles are currently curated at the Michigan Historical Center,
the Michigan Historical Center acknowledges the Putnam Museum's
continued control over the disposition of these remains.
    The human remains from Indian Gardens Cemetery (site 20EM77)
consist of a minimum of two individuals. No known individuals were
identified. The 281 cultural items associated with these individuals
include: trade silver (Astor fur trade money, bracelets, armbands,
earrings, buttons, a two-bar cross, and washer broaches); one copper
bell; one pair of scissors; one pewter spoon; one brass spoon; one
spyglass; one rifle barrel; one pistol; one gun stock; one brass gun
plate with partial stock; one brass gun decoration; one pocket knife;
one clay pipe; one mirror in wooden frame; loomed wampum; knives;
cloth, ribbon and leather fragments; iron and copper kettles; lock of
hair with silver ornaments; six strike-a-lights; wood comb; four ax
heads; and a locket with chain.
    Site 20EM77, known as Indian Gardens Cemetery, has been identified
as part of Cross village, a known Odawa village in the 18th and 19th
centuries. The cultural items with this burial place the time of
interment to the early 19th century. The Putnam Museum's accession
records indicate the burial was disturbed in 1897 by Henry J. Atkinson.
In 1900, Mr. Atkinson sold the burial to E.D. and W.C. Putnam in Habour
Springs, MI and donated the same year to the then-Davenport Academy of
Sciences (now the Putnam Museum). Visual examination of the human
remains by the Michigan State Archeologist's Office professional staff
indicate these individuals are Native American. Evidence from both the
Grand Traverse Band and the Little Traverse Band indicates this village
is directly affiliated with the Little Traverse Band of Odawa.
    Based on the above information, officials of the Putnam Museum of
History and Natural Science have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of at least two individuals of Native American ancestry. Putnam Museum
officials have also determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A)
and (B), the 281 items listed above are reasonably believed to have
been placed with or near individual human remains at the time of death
or later as part of a death rite or ceremony. Lastly, Putnam Museum
officials have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there
is a relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably
traced between the Native American human remains and associated
funerary objects and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Little Traverse Bay
Bands of Odawa Indians and the Grand Traverse Bay Band of Chippewa and
Ottawa. Representatives of any other Indian tribe which believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated
funerary objects should contact Carmen Langel, Curatorial Assistant,
Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science, 1717 West 12th Street,
Davenport, Iowa, 52804, telephone (319) 324-1934 before March 27, 1996.
Repatriation of these human remains and associated funerary objects to
the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians may begin after this
date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: February 16, 1996.
C. Timothy McKeown,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Archeology and Ethnography
Program.
[FR Doc. 96-4199 Filed 2-23-96; 8:45 am]
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