[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 24 (Monday, February 6, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5840-5841]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2012-2522]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Inventory Completion: Kingman Museum, Incorporated, 
Battle Creek, MI; Correction

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; correction.

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SUMMARY: This notice corrects the cultural affiliation of the human 
remains of two individuals described in a Notice of Inventory 
Completion previously published in the Federal Register (73 FR 20941-
20942, Thursday, April 17, 2008), and also corrects the identity of the 
category of cultural item for a scalp, from human remains to associated 
funerary object.

DATES: Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact the Kingman Museum, Incorporated at the address 
below by March 7, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Beth Yahne, Kingman Museum, Inc., 175 Limit Street, Battle 
Creek, MI 49037, telephone (269) 965-5117.

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 and 
associated funerary objects in the possession of Kingman Museum, 
Incorporated (Kingman Museum), Battle Creek, MI. The human remains and 
associated funerary objects were removed from a cave on an island near 
Metlakatla, AK.
    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 and associated funerary objects. 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 Kingman 
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives from the 
Metlakatla Indian Community and the Central Council of Tlingit and 
Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.
    In the Federal Register notice (73 FR 20941-20942, Thursday, April 
17, 2008), paragraph number 5 is corrected by substituting the 
following paragraph:
    Sometime before 1904, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from a mountain cave on an island near 
Metlakatla, AK. According to museum documentation, the human remains, 
consisting of a mummified head, were found by two Native American boys 
and subsequently collected by Esther Gibson, an Alaskan missionary. The 
mummified head was in a burial box containing a cedar bark basket used 
for cremation ashes, a buckskin pouch, and the scalp of a Caucasian 
man. Esther Gibson delivered the human remains and funerary objects to 
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, who donated them to the Kingman Museum of 
Natural History in 1904. No known individuals were identified. The four 
associated funerary objects are one burial box, one basket for 
cremation ashes, one buckskin pouch, and the scalp of a Caucasian man.
    Paragraph number 6 is corrected by substituting the following 
paragraph:
    The human remains have been identified as Native American based on 
the museum's documentation, geographic information, and consultation 
evidence. The location of the burial is within the historically 
documented territory of the Tlingit Indians. Based on burial practices 
and the styles of associated funerary objects, the human remains are 
post-contact, and likely date to the mid 19th century. Information 
provided at the time of consultation indicates that the human remains 
and associated funerary objects are likely to be affiliated to the 
members of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of 
Alaska.
    Paragraph number 9 is corrected by substituting the following 
paragraph:
    Officials of Kingman Museum have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains 
described above represent the physical remains of a minimum of two 
individuals of Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the four 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 ceremony.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced

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between the mummified head and associated funerary objects, and the 
Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Beth Yahne, Kingman Museum, Incorporated, 175 
Limit Street, Battle Creek, MI 49037 telephone (269) 965-5117, before 
March 7, 2012. Repatriation of the human remains and associated 
funerary objects to the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian 
Tribes of Alaska may proceed after that date if no additional claimants 
come forward.
    The Kingman Museum, Incorporated is responsible for notifying the 
Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: January 31, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-2522 Filed 2-3-12; 8:45 am]
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