[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 107 (Monday, June 4, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 32985]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13462]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-10227; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, 
Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning, MT

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Museum of the Plains Indian, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, 
has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined that there is no cultural 
affiliation between the remains and any present-day Indian tribe. 
Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the Museum of 
the Plains Indian, Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Disposition of the 
human remains to the Indian tribes stated below may occur if no 
additional requestors come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the Museum 
of the Plains Indian, Indian Arts and Crafts Board at the address below 
by July 5, 2012.

ADDRESSES: David Dragonfly, Museum Technician, Museum of the Plains 
Indian, P.O. Box 410, Browning, MT 59417, telephone (406) 338-2230.

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 in the 
possession of the Museum of the Plains Indian. The human remains were 
removed from an unknown location.
    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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Indian 
Arts and Crafts Board's professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck 
Indian Reservation, Montana; Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian 
Reservation of Montana; Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne 
River Reservation, South Dakota; Chippewa-Cree Indians of the Rocky 
Boy's Reservation, Montana; Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of 
the Flathead Reservation, Montana; Coeur D'Alene Tribe of the Coeur 
D'Alene Reservation, Idaho; Crow Tribe of Montana; Crow Creek Sioux 
Tribe of the Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota; Fort Belknap Indian 
Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana; Kalispel Indian 
Community of the Kalispel Reservation, Washington; Lower Brule Sioux 
Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota; Nez Perce Tribe, 
Idaho (previously listed as Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho); Northern 
Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; 
Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota; Rosebud 
Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota; Santee 
Sioux Nation, Nebraska; Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, 
Wyoming; Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho; 
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota; and the Three 
Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota 
(hereinafter referred to as ``The Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from an unknown location and through testing, 

were determined to be the remains of Native American ancestry. The 
human remains, a scalp lock attached to a lance, were likely acquired 
from Mrs. Madge Hardin Walters of San Diego, CA, by Mr. Earl Horter of 
Philadelphia, PA, and subsequently sold to the Bureau of Indian Affairs 
by Ms. Elizabeth Lentz Horter. The Bureau of Indian Affairs purchased 
these items in 1941 for its Museum of the Plains Indian. The Museum of 
the Plains Indian was transferred to the Indian Arts and Crafts Board 
in 1965. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.

Determinations Made by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board

    Officials of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board have determined that:
     Based on the results of laboratory testing, the human 
remains are consistent with Native American origin.
     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.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of one individual of 
Native American ancestry.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    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 David Dragonfly, Museum of the Plains Indian, P.O. Box 410, 
Browning, MT 59417, telephone (406) 338-2230, before July 5, 2012. 
Disposition of the human remains to The Tribes may proceed after that 
date if no additional requestors come forward.
    The Indian Arts and Crafts Board is responsible for notifying The 
Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: May 30, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-13462 Filed 6-1-12; 8:45 am]
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