[Federal Register: May 3, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 86)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of Grand Valley State
University, Allendale, MI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the possession of Grand Valley State University,
Allendale, MI.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum that has control of these Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects. The National Park Service is not
responsible for the determinations within this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Grand Valley
State University professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan.
    In 1971-1972, human remains representing a minimum of 17
individuals were removed from individual burials during excavations at
the Battle Point site (20OT4), Crockery Township, Ottawa County, MI, by
Grand Valley State University staff Dr. Richard Flanders. Human remains
representing a minimum of an additional nine individuals were removed
from disturbed contexts in the same area of the site. No known
individuals were identified. The 8,413 associated funerary objects
include iron buckets; clay pipes; glass beads; and silver ornaments
including gorgets, tinklers, and brooches. The catalog numbers for
these associated funerary objects are 2016, 2025, 2026, 2028-2030,
2056-2063, and 2079-2082.
    Between 1980 and 1990, human remains representing a minimum of nine
individuals were removed from the Battle Point site by Grand Valley
State University staff. These remains were exposed through erosion of
the Battle Point site by the Grand River. No known individuals were
identified. The 60 associated funerary objects include silver
ornaments, strike-a-lights, bucket fragments, a knife blade, pieces of
wood, and fabric. The catalog number for these associated funerary
objects is 9010.
    Between 1990 and 1998, human remains representing a minimum of 15
individuals were removed from the Battle Point site by Grand Valley
State University staff; Ottawa County, MI, Sheriff's Department staff;
and the Office of the State Archaeologist of Michigan. The remains were
exposed as a result of erosion of the site by the Grand River. The 149
associated funerary objects are a metal trade ax, wood, nails, and a
bucket. The catalog numbers for these associated funerary objects are
20OT04/1992-1993, 20OT04/7.16.96, 20OT04/3.27.97, 20OT04/12.97.1-8, and
20OT04/9.24.98.
    Unassociated funerary objects from the Battle Point site in the
possession of the Grand Valley State University are reported in a
separate Notice of Intent to Repatriate.
    The Battle Point site is a multi-component site consisting of
habitation dating to circa A. D. 200-1300, and a cemetery dating to the
mid-19th century. Associated funerary objects date the burials to circa
1800-1840. Excavation notes, spatial analyses, and other studies
demonstrate that the cemetery intrudes into habitation deposits dating
to pre-European contact and that do not include a mortuary component.
    Historic documentation indicates that a Native American cemetery
associated with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan was
located at the Battle Point site in the mid-19th century. An abstract
of land title dated to 1846 identifies an association between members
of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan and the plot on
which the cemetery is located. The cemetery is specifically mentioned
in a 1864 land transaction as associated with the Little River Band of
Ottawa Indians of Michigan. On the basis of historical and oral
historical information, the Battle Point site cemetery is determined to
be culturally affiliated with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
of Michigan.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Grand
Valley State University have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of 41 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Grand
Valley State University also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(2), the 8,622 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 or ceremony. Lastly, officials
of the Grand Valley State University have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group identity that
can be reasonably traced between these Native American human remains
and associated funerary objects and the Little River Band of Ottawa
Indians of Michigan.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Grand Traverse Band
of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan, the Little Traverse Bay
Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan, the Little River Band of Ottawa
Indians of Michigan,

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and the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians (a non-Federally recognized
group). Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated
funerary objects should contact Janet G. Brashler, Professor and
Curator of Anthropology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
49401, telephone (616) 854-3694, before June 4, 2001. Repatriation of
the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Little River
Band of Ottawa Indians may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: April 16, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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