[Federal Register: April 14, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 71)]
[Notices]
[Page 18445-18446]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains,
Associated Funerary Object, and Unassociated Funerary Object in the
Possession of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, Bemidji, MN

AGENCY: National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American

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Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9, of the
completion of an inventory of human remains and associated funerary
objects in the possession of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council,
Bemidji, MN.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by professional
staff in consultation with representatives of the Leech Lake Band of
the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
    In 1938, human remains representing one individual were removed
from Osufen Mound (21-IC-02), MN, a site within the exterior boundaries
of the Leech Lake Reservation, by L.A. Wilford of the University of
Minnesota. No known individual was identified. The associated funerary
object is a metal axe.
    Based on the associated funerary object, this burial has been
identified as Native American from the historic period. The Osufen
Mound site is located within the exterior boundaries of the Leech Lake
Indian Reservation.
    The cultural item is a ceramic vessel.
    In 1944, this ceramic vessel was donated to the University of
Minnesota by George Kremer. University of Minnesota indicates this
vessel was removed from an eroding burial on Lake Winnibigoshish, MN.
Lake Winnibigoshish is located within the exterior boundaries of the
Leech Lake Indian Reservation.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council have also determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the one object 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 the death rite or ceremony. Officials of
the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2)(ii), the one cultural item is 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. Lastly,
officials of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group
identity which can be reasonably traced between these Native American
human remains, associated funerary object, and the unassociated
funerary object and the Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa
Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Leech Lake Band of
the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact James L. (Jim) Jones, Cultural Resource
Specialist, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, 1819 Bemidji Ave.
Bemidji, MN 56601; telephone: (218) 755-3825, before May 14, 1999.
Repatriation of the human remains, associated funerary object, and
unassociated funerary object to the Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota
Chippewa Tribe may begin after that date if no additional claimants
come forward.
Dated: April 8, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-9327 Filed 4-13-99; 8:45 am]
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