FR Doc 2010-27918[Federal Register: November 4, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 213)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Forest Service, Hiawatha National Forest, Escanaba, MI and University 
of Michigan, Museum of Anthropology, Ann Arbor, MI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
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    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 in the control of the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Hiawatha National Forest, 
Escanaba, MI, and in the physical custody of the University of 
Michigan, Museum of Anthropology, Ann Arbor, MI. The human remains were 
removed from Naomikong Point Site, Chippewa County, MI.
    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. The National Park Service 
is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Bay Mills Indian Community, 
Michigan; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Michigan; 
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan; Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake 
Superior Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa 
Indians, Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of 
Michigan; and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.
    In 1966, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from the Naomikong Point Site (20CH2), Chippewa County, 
MI, during excavations by the University of Michigan. This site is on 
Federal land, and excavation occurred under a U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Forest Service, Special Use Permit. No known individual 
was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on archeological context, the human remains are identified as 
more likely than not Native American.
    Officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 
have determined, 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 any present-day Indian Tribe.
    These Native American human remains are from the aboriginal lands 
of the Chippewa and Ottawa. According to the Treaty of Washington, 
March 28, 1836 (7 stat. 491), there are five present-day Indian Tribes 
that have aboriginal land in the area where the remains were excavated. 
These five Tribes are the Bay Mills Indian Community, Michigan; Grand 
Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Little River 
Band of Ottawa Indians, Michigan; Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa 
Indians, Michigan; and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians 
of Michigan. The aboriginal land Tribes that are in closest proximity 
to the site are the Bay Mills Indian Community, Michigan, and Sault 
Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan. Letters of support 
for the disposition of the Native American human remains to the Bay 
Mills Indian Community, Michigan, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of 
Chippewa Indians of Michigan were sent by the Bay Mills Indian 
Community, Michigan; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa 
Indians, Michigan; Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan; Lac Vieux 
Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Little 
Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe 
of Chippewa Indians of Michigan; and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of 
Michigan. Therefore, officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Forest Service, will transfer the Native American human remains from 
the Naomikong Point Site to the Bay Mills Indian Community, Michigan, 
and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan.
    Officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 
determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of one individual of Native 
American ancestry. Lastly, officials of the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Forest Service, have determined, pursuant to 43 CFR 
10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the human remains is to the Bay Mills 
Indian Community, Michigan, and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa 
Indians of Michigan.
    Representatives of any Indian Tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains or any other Indian Tribe 
that believes it satisfies the criteria in 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1) should 
contact Teresa Chase, Acting Forest Supervisor, Hiawatha National 
Forest, 2727 N. Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829, telephone (906) 786-
4062, before December 6, 2010. Disposition of the human remains to the 
Bay Mills Indian Community, Michigan, and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of 
Chippewa Indians of Michigan, may proceed after that date if no 
additional requestors come forward.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, is responsible 
for notifying the Bay Mills Indian Community, Michigan; Grand Traverse 
Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Keweenaw Bay Indian 
Community, Michigan; Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa 
Indians, Michigan; Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, 
Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan; and 
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: October 29, 2010.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-27918 Filed 11-3-10; 8:45 am]
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