[Federal Register: February 24, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 36)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Unassociated Funerary Objects from Emmet County, MI, in the
Possession of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor, MI

AGENCY: National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains and
unassociated funerary objects in the possession of the Museum of
Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Museum of
Anthropology professional staff in consultation with representatives of
the Grand Traverse Bay Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians and the
Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.
    In 1924, human remains representing one individual were sold to the
Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan by Rev. L.P. Rowlands of
Detroit, MI. Accession and other collection information indicates this
individual was recovered during the late nineteenth century from the
Lake Michigan shore area in Emmet County, MI between the localities of
Cross Village and Seven Mile Point. No known individual was identified.
No associated funerary objects are present.
    The 510 unassociated funerary objects include silver ornaments,
glass beads, brass and copper kettles, an iron hoe, trap fragments, a
tomahawk pipe, and textile fragments. In 1924, these items were sold to
the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan by Rev. L.P.
Rowlands of Detroit, MI. Accession and other collection information
indicates these items came from graves in the areas of Middle

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Village, Goodhart, and Cross Village, all located in Emmet County, MI.
    Morphological evidence indicates this individual is Native
American, based on the brachialcephalic formation of the occipital
region of the skull. The areas of Cross Village, Gathered, and Middle
Village are historic Odawa settlements, and the types of unassociated
funerary objects are consistent with Odawa burials of the late
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Consultation evidence presented
by the Grand Traverse Bay Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians and the
Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians supports the Odawa
affiliation for these sites.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Museum
of Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1),
the human remains listed above represent the physical remains of one
individual of Native American ancestry.  Officials of the Museum of
Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(B),
these 510 cultural items 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 or ceremony and are believed, by a preponderance
of the evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of an
Native American individual. Lastly, officials of the Museum of
Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2),
there is a relationship of shared group identity which can be
reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa
Indians.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Grand Traverse Bay
Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians and the Little Traverse Bay Band of
Odawa Indians. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and
associated funerary objects should contact David Kennedy, Collections
Manager, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
48901; telephone: (313) 764-0485 before March 26, 1997. Repatriation of
the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Little
Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.

Dated: February 18, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-4469 Filed 2-21-97; 8:45 am]
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