FR Doc E9-10542[Federal Register: May 7, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 87)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, 
NJ

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 Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ. 
The human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from 
Harbor Springs, Emmett County, MI.
    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 
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 Montclair 
Art Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of 
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from Harbor Springs, Emmett County, MI. 
Additional circumstances surrounding the donation of the human remains 
to the Montclair Art Museum are not known. No known individual was 
identified. The two associated funerary objects are one knife and one 
fishing spear head.
    A handwritten label on the base states that these are "Indian 
Relics." The label

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also states that everything except the spear were found in a grave at 
Harbor Springs, MI. However, given the storage of the spear head with 
the human remains and knife, museum officials reasonably believe it to 
be an associated funerary object and related to the other items.
    Harbor Springs is within the territory of the Little Traverse Bay 
Band of Odawa Indians, Michigan.
    Officials of the Montclair Art Museum have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above 
represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American 
ancestry. Officials of the Montclair Art 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 Montclair Art 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 Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Twig Johnson, Curator of Native American Art, 
Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042-1747, 
telephone (973) 746-5555, ext. 225, before June 8, 2009. Repatriation 
of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Little 
Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan may proceed after that 
date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Montclair Art Museum is responsible for notifying the Little 
Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: April 3, 2009.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-10542 Filed 5-6-09; 8:45 am]

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