FR Doc 04-25920
[Federal Register: November 23, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 225)]
[Notices]               
[Page 68172-68173]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Milwaukee Public Museum, 
Milwaukee, WI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    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 and associated funerary 
objects in the possession of the Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, 
WI. The human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from 
Maricopa County, AZ.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native

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American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Milwaukee 
Public Museum professional staff and contract specialists in physical 
anthropology, in consultation with representatives of the Gila River 
Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; the 
Hopi Tribe of Arizona; and the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New 
Mexico.
    At an unknown date prior to 1965, cremated human remains 
representing a minimum of two individuals and the vessels containing 
the human remains were removed from an unknown site two miles northwest 
of Mesa, Maricopa County, AZ, by E.K. Petrie, Burlington, WI. Mr. 
Petrie sold the vessels containing the human remains to the Milwaukee 
Public Museum in 1965. No known individuals were identified. The 
associated funerary objects are the two vessels that contained the 
cremated human remains.
    On the basis of the mode of mortuary treatment, the human remains 
are identified as Native American. Stylistic attributes of the mortuary 
vessels suggest that the remains are affiliated with the 
archeologically defined Hohokam culture. On the basis of stylistic 
analysis, one mortuary vessel can be dated to circa A.D. 500-1100, 
the Colonial-Sedentary period. The other mortuary vessel is dated 
to circa A.D. 900-1100, the Sedentary period.
    Consultation evidence provided by representatives of the Gila River 
Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona 
indicates that the Hohokam culture is ancestral to the Ak Chin Indian 
Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila 
River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; 
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River 
Reservation, Arizona; and Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. 
Consultation evidence provided by representatives of the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona and the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico 
indicates that the Hohokam culture is ancestral to the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona and the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico, as 
clans in both of the above groups originated in the Salt River and Gila 
River area of Arizona.
    Officials of the Milwaukee Public Museum have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of at least two individuals of 
Native American ancestry. Officials of the Milwaukee Public Museum also 
have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the two 
objects described 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 Milwaukee 
Public Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), 
there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably 
traced between the Native American human remains and associated 
funerary objects and the Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak 
Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila River Indian Community of the 
Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt 
River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River 
Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe 
of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Dr. Alex Barker, Anthropology Section Head, 
Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233, 
telephone (414) 278-2786, before December 23, 2004. Repatriation 
of the human remains and associated funerary objects to Ak Chin Indian 
Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila 
River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; 
Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community 
of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of 
Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico may proceed 
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Milwaukee Public Museum is responsible for notifying the Ak 
Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, 
Arizona; Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian 
Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt River 
Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, 
Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico that this notice has been published.

    Dated: October 7, 2004
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 04-25920 Filed 11-22-04; 8:45 am]

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