Federal Register, Volume 76 Issue 119 (Tuesday, June 21, 2011)
[Notices]
[Pages 36151-36152]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-15438]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]

Notice of Inventory Completion: Museum of Anthropology, 
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: The Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, has 
completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribe, and has determined that there is a cultural 
affiliation between the human remains and a present-day Indian tribe. 
Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the Museum of 
Anthropology, University of Michigan. Repatriation of the human remains 
to the tribe stated below may occur if no additional claimants come 
forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the Museum 
of Anthropology, University of Michigan, at the address below by July 
21, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Carla Sinopoli, NAGPRA Coordinator, Museum of 
Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079, 
telephone (734) 764-0485.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 in the 
possession of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann 
Arbor, MI. The human remains were removed from the Fort Rice area in 
North Dakota.
    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. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Museum of 
Anthropology, University of Michigan, professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of 
North & South Dakota.

History and Description of the Remains

    At an unknown date, a human remain representing one individual was 
removed from most likely the Fort Rice area in North Dakota. The skull 
became part of a collection created by Corydon La Ford, MD (tenure 
1854-1894), University of Michigan, Medical School, Department of 
Anatomy. The collection was created by Dr. La Ford during the late 19th 
century and it was later added to by unknown individuals until the 
early 20th century. The collection was used for anatomy teaching in the 
Medical School and no information exists as to how the crania were 
acquired. In 1996, the collection was transferred from the Medical 
School to the Museum of Anthropology. Written on this cranium is: ``The 
skull of a Sioux Indian picked up on the plains near Fort Rice 
Dakota.'' No known individual was identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.

Determinations Made by the Museum of Anthropology, University of 
Michigan

    Officials of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 
have determined that:

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     Based on provenience location written on the cranium and 
dental morphology, the individual is determined to be of Native 
American ancestry.
     Based on the provenience, the individual is most likely 
culturally affiliated with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & 
South Dakota.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represents the physical remains of one individual of 
Native American ancestry.
     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 the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & 
South Dakota.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
Carla Sinopoli, NAGPRA Coordinator, Museum of Anthropology, University 
of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079, telephone (734) 764-0485, before 
July 21, 2011. Repatriation of the human remains to the Standing Rock 
Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, is responsible 
for notifying the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: June 15, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-15438 Filed 6-20-11; 8:45 am]
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