[Federal Register: January 26, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 18)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the Milwaukee
Public Museum, Milwaukee, WI

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 (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Milwaukee Public Museum,
Milwaukee, WI.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Milwaukee
Public Museum professional staff and contract specialists in physical
anthropology, in consultation with representatives of the Confederated
Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing two individuals were
removed from an unknown site in the Okanogan Valley, WA, by Harry
Brainerd. Mr. Brainerd donated the remains and associated funerary
objects to the Milwaukee Public Museum in 1952. No known individuals
were identified. The 158 associated funerary objects are 81 copper tube
beads, 35 blue and white glass beads, 10 shell beads, 24 dentalia shell
beads, 2 fragmented beaver incisors, 1 seal tooth, 1 perforated elk's
tooth, 1 bone tube bead, 1 metal button, 1 copper alloy ring, and 1
rectangular piece of copper alloy with a perforation at one end.
    Based on dental traits and funerary associations, these individuals
have been identified as Native American. The associated funerary
objects date the burial to circa 1800-1830. The

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geographical location of the burial is consistent with the prehistoric
and historic territory of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville
Reservation. Consultation evidence provided by representatives of the
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation indicates that the
Okanogan Valley is part of the Okanogan people's traditional and
historically known occupation territory, and that descendents of the
Okanogan now reside on the Colville Reservation.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
Milwaukee Public Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of two individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
Milwaukee Public Museum also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(2), the 158 objects 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. Lastly, officials
of the Milwaukee Public Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be
reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville
Reservation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Confederated Tribes
of the Colville Reservation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains and associated funerary objects should contact Dr. Alex Barker,
Anthropology Section Head, Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 West Wells
Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233, telephone (414) 278-2786, before February
26, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary
objects to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: January 15, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources, Stewardship, and Partnerships.
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