[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 159 (Friday, August 16, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50098-50099]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-20001]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13660; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: St. Joseph County Sheriff's 
Department, Centreville, MI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department has completed an 
inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian 
tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there 
is no cultural affiliation between the human remains and any present-
day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Representatives of 
any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this 
notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains 
should submit a written request to the St. Joseph County Sheriff's 
Department. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of 
control of the human remains to the Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian 
organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian 
organization not identified in this notice that wish to request 
transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written 
request with information in support of the request to the St. Joseph 
County Sheriff's Department at the address in this notice by September 
16, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite, St. Joseph County Sheriff's 
Department, 650 East Main Street, Centreville, MI 49032, telephone 
(269) 467-9045.

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

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of human remains under the control of the St. Joseph County Sheriff's 
Department. The human remains were removed from Section 27, Leonidas 
Township, St. Joseph 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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Michigan 
State University Forensic Anthropology Department professional staff on 
behalf of the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department with 
representatives of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, 
Michigan (previously listed as the Huron Potawatomi, Inc.).

History and Description of the Remains

    In December 1970, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from Section 27, Leonidas Township, in St. 
Joseph County, MI. The remains were transferred to the Michigan State 
University Forensic Anthropology Department where they were identified 
and transferred back to the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department on 
June 26, 2013. The human remains were identified as a 30-40 year old 
Native American female from a pre-20th century population. No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.

Determinations Made by the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department

    Officials of the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice are Native American based on evaluation by the Michigan 
State University Forensic Anthropology Department.
     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.
     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(15), the land from which the 
Native American human remains were removed is the near the tribal land 
of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Michigan (previously 
listed as the Huron Potawatomi, Inc.).
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the 
human remains may be to the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, 
Michigan (previously listed as the Huron Potawatomi, Inc.).

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization 
not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control 
of these human remains should submit a written request with information 
in support of the request to Undersheriff Mark Lilywhite, St. Joseph 
County Sheriff's Department, 650 East Main Street, Centreville, MI 
49032, telephone (269) 467-9045, by September 16, 2013. After that 
date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of 
control of the human remains to the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the 
Potawatomi, Michigan (previously listed as the Huron Potawatomi, Inc.) 
may proceed.
    The St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department is responsible for 
notifying the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Michigan 
(previously listed as the Huron Potawatomi, Inc.) that this notice has 
been published.

    Dated: July 30, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-20001 Filed 8-15-13; 8:45 am]
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