[Federal Register: October 9, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 195)]
[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 the Minnesota
Indian Affairs Council, Bemidji, MN

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 Minnesota Indian Affairs Council,
Bemidji, MN.
    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

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museum, institution, or Federal agency 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 Minnesota
Indian Affairs Council professional staff in consultation with
representatives of White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota Chippewa
Tribe, Minnesota.
    In 1932, human remains representing two individuals were collected
from the Jacobs (Trigg) Farm site (21-OT-4), Ottertail County, MN,
during an archeological excavation conducted by A.E. Jenks of the
University of Minnesota. No known individuals were identified. The four
associated funerary objects are fragments of clothes, fragments of
buttons, a knife, and birchbark.
    Based on the location of the burials and associated funerary
objects, these individuals have been determined to be Native American
from the historic period. Based on the associated funerary objects and
geographic location, these individuals have been identified as Ojibwe.
Because this location is within the historic territory of the White
Earth Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota, the
preponderance of evidence indicates cultural affiliation with the White
Earth Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of two individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council also have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the four 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 Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
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 White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe,
Minnesota.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the White Earth Band of
Ojibwe, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; and the Minnesota Chippewa
Tribe, Minnesota. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary objects should contact James L. (Jim) Jones,
Cultural Resource Specialist, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, 1819
Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601, telephone (218) 755-3825, before
November 8, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains and associated
funerary objects to the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota Chippewa
Tribe, Minnesota may begin after that date if no additional claimants
come forward.

    Dated: July 17, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-25145 Filed 10-5-01; 8:45 am]
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