[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 211 (Thursday, October 31, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 65380-65382]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-25999]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-14036; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Michigan, Ann 
Arbor, MI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The University of Michigan 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 University of Michigan. 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

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request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a 
written request with information in support of the request to the 
University of Michigan at the address in this notice by December 2, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Ben Secunda, NAGPRA Project Manager, University of 
Michigan, Office of the Vice President for Research, 4080 Fleming 
Building, 503 Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340, telephone (734) 
647-9085, email bsecunda@umich.edu.

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 under 
the control of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. The human 
remains were removed from Alpena, Isabella, Grand Traverse, Lake, 
Leelanau, Montcalm, Montmorency, Newaygo, Roscommon, and Wexford 
Counties, 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 
University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Bay Mills Indian Community, 
Michigan; Chippewa-Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy's Reservation, 
Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Michigan; 
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan; Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake 
Superior Chippewa Indians of Michigan; Little River Band of Ottawa 
Indians, Michigan; Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, 
Michigan; Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and the Sault Ste. 
Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Michigan.
    Additional requests for consultation were sent to the Bad River 
Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians of the Bad River 
Reservation, Wisconsin; Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of the Minnesota 
Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Fond du Lac Band of the Minnesota Chippewa 
Tribe, Minnesota; Grand Portage Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, 
Minnesota; Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians 
of Wisconsin; Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of 
the Lac du Flambeau Reservation of Wisconsin; Leech Lake Band of the 
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Mille Lacs Band of the Minnesota 
Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma; Red Cliff Band of 
Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; Red Lake Band of Chippewa 
Indians, Minnesota; Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Wisconsin; St. Croix 
Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians 
of North Dakota; and the White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa 
Tribe, Minnesota.
    Hereafter, all tribes listed in this section are referred to as 
``The Tribes.''

History and description of the remains

    On an unknown date prior to 1875, human remains representing, at 
minimum, 1 individual were removed from the Devil River Mound site 
(20AL1) in Alpena County, MI. A resident of Ossineke, MI, collected a 
cranial fragment of one adult (possibly female) sometime before he 
moved to Ann Arbor, MI. After moving, he donated the human remains to 
the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology (UMMA). The cranial 
fragment has evidence of a drilled perforation made post-mortem. The 
human remains date to the Late Woodland Period (500-1400 A.D.) based on 
mortuary treatment. No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    In October 1925, human remains representing, at minimum, 1 
individual were removed from the Fred Wilder site (20IB7) in Isabella 
County, MI. An amateur archeologist excavated a series of mounds and a 
row of pits located approximately 200 yards away from the mounds in 
Lincoln Township, MI. The remains of one adult (possibly female) were 
removed from one of the mounds and subsequently donated to the UMMA. 
The individual was buried lying on her right side, fully extended, with 
her left arm flexed and left hand resting over her face. A ceramic bowl 
was reportedly removed from this mound as well, but it was not donated 
to the museum. The human remains date to the Woodland Period (850 B.C.-
1400 A.D.) based on mortuary treatment. No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Sometime between July and August of 1965, human remains 
representing, at minimum, 3 individuals were removed from the Fife Lake 
site (20GT25) in Grand Traverse County, MI. F.V. Brunett of the UMMA 
excavated a mound near Dollar Lake and collected remains from at least 
three children. He also noted soil disturbance from looters during his 
excavation. The human remains date to the Early-to-Middle Late Woodland 
Period (500-1200 A.D.) based on mortuary treatment. No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    On August 30, 1928, human remains representing, at minimum, 3 
individuals were removed from the Noud Lake site (20LK5) in Lake 
County, MI. Wilbert Hinsdale of the UMMA excavated the remains of one 
older adult male, one adult, and one child from a mound near Noud Lake. 
The human remains date to the Woodland Period (850 B.C.-1400 A.D.) 
based on mortuary treatment. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1940, human remains representing, at minimum, 2 individuals were 
removed from the Round Top site (20LU63) in Leelanau County, MI. A 
local resident collected the remains of two adults (one an older male) 
from a mound along the lakeshore near Leland, MI. The human remains 
date to the Woodland Period (850 B.C.-1400 A.D.) based on mortuary 
treatment. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    In 1938, human remains representing, at minimum, 1 individual were 
removed from the Crystal Lake site in Montcalm County, MI. A landowner 
collected the remains of one adult female from a gravel pit near 
Crystal Lake and donated the remains to the UMMA. No date or time 
period for the human remains could be established. No known individuals 
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    On April 25, 1927, human remains representing, at minimum, 3 
individuals were removed from the Lunden site (20MY3) in Montmorency 
County, MI. A landowner removed the remains of three adults from one of 
seven mounds located on his property along near West Twin Lake. He 
donated some of the collected human remains to Wilbert Hinsdale of the 
UMMA. It is not known whether the landowner collected any objects 
associated with the burial, but none were donated to the UMMA. The 
human remains date to the Early Late Woodland Period (600-1100 A.D.) 
based on mortuary treatment and artifacts found during a subsequent 
excavation of a separate site. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    In September 1957, human remains representing, at minimum, 13 
individuals were removed from the Croton Bluff Mound site (20NE102) in

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Newaygo County, MI. Amateur archeologists excavated three mounds, 
located on private land, near the backwater of Croton Dam. The remains 
of nine adults, two children, and two cremated individuals were 
collected. The first mound showed signs of extensive looting and 
contained one adult female, buried in a semi-flexed position. The 
second mound contained two burial pits with a total five individuals, 
including two adult males, one adult, possibly female, and two cremated 
individuals. One of the burial pits contained a celt, but it was not 
donated to the UMMA. The third mound contained the commingled remains 
of at least four individuals, including three adults and one cremated 
individual. Additionally, the commingled remains of three individuals 
were collected from the site, including one adult female, partially 
burned, and two children, but the particular burial mound from which 
they were removed is unknown. The human remains date to the Late 
Woodland Period (800-1400 A.D.) based on mortuary treatment. No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    In the summer of 2004, human remains representing, at minimum, 1 
individual were removed from the Cut River Mounds site (20RO01) in 
Roscommon County, MI. Meghan Howey of the UMMA excavated a 
multicomponent site comprised of two mounds near the Cut River and 
Houghton Lake. The remains of one adult were found in four different 
excavation trenches made near a mound. The overall site spanned the 
Middle Woodland to the Late Late Woodland Periods (380-1600 A.D.). No 
known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    On an unknown date prior to 1964, human remains representing, at 
minimum, 1 individual were removed from the Houghton Police Department 
site in Roscommon County, MI. The Houghton Police Department sent the 
remains of one adult to the UMMA for identification. The museum 
concluded that the remains were Native American, and the human remains 
were subsequently donated to the UMMA in 1964. The remains have no 
provenience and are believed to be from the Houghton Lake area where 
other Native American burials have been identified. No date or time 
period for the human remains could be established. No known individuals 
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    On an unknown date prior to 1924, human remains representing, at 
minimum, 1 individual were removed from the Cadillac site in Wexford 
County, MI. The Wexford County Coroner collected the remains of one 
middle-aged female from an unspecified mound near Cadillac, MI. He 
donated them to the UMMA in 1924. No date or time period for the human 
remains could be established. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.

Determinations made by the University of Michigan Museum of 
Anthropology

    Officials of the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice are Native American based on cranial morphology, dental 
traits, accession documentation, and archeological context.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 30 individuals 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.
     According to final judgments of the Indian Claims 
Commission or the Court of Federal Claims, the land from which the 
Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of 
The Tribes.
     Treaties, Acts of Congress, or Executive Orders, indicate 
that the land from which the Native American human remains were removed 
is the aboriginal land of The Tribes.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the 
human remains may be to The Tribes.

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 Dr. Ben Secunda, NAGPRA Project Manager, 
University of Michigan, Office of the Vice President for Research, 4080 
Fleming Building, 503 Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340, telephone 
(734) 647-9085, email bsecunda@umich.edu, by December 2, 2013. After 
that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of 
control of the human remains and associated funerary objects to The 
Tribes may proceed.
    The University of Michigan is responsible for notifying The Tribes 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: September 16, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-25999 Filed 10-30-13; 8:45 am]
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