[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 247 (Friday, December 23, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 80395-80398]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-32980]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

[2253-665]

National Park Service


Notice of Inventory Completion: Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, 
Bemidji, MN

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council has completed an 
inventory of human remains in consultation with the appropriate Indian 
tribes, and has determined that there is no cultural affiliation 
between the remains and any present-day Indian tribe. Representatives 
of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated 
with the human remains may contact the Minnesota Indian Affairs 
Council. Disposition of the human remains to the Indian tribes stated 
below may occur if no additional requestors come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the 
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council at the address below by January 23, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: James L. (Jim) Jones, Cultural Resource Director, Minnesota 
Indian Affairs Council, 3801 Bemidji Avenue NW., Suite 5, Bemidji, MN 
56601, telephone (218) 755-3223.

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 Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, Bemidji, MN. The 
human remains were removed from unknown locations in the State of 
Minnesota.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3) and 
43 CFR 10.11(d). 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 the 
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Bad River Band of the Lake 
Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians of the Bad River Reservation, 
Wisconsin; Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, 
Minnesota; Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota; Fond du Lac 
Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Grand Portage Band of 
the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, 
Michigan; Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of 
Wisconsin; Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of 
the Lac du Flambeau Reservation of Wisconsin; Lac Vieux Desert Band of 
Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Leech Lake Band of the 
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Lower Sioux Indian Community in 
the State of Minnesota; Mille Lacs Band of the Minnesota Chippewa 
Tribe, Minnesota; Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Prairie Island 
Indian Community in the State of Minnesota; Red Cliff Band of Lake 
Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; Red Lake Band of Chippewa 
Indians, Minnesota; Santee Sioux Nation, Nebraska; Shakopee Mdewakanton 
Sioux Community of Minnesota; Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake 
Traverse Reservation, South Dakota; Sokaogon Chippewa Community, 
Wisconsin; Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota; St. Croix Chippewa Indians 
of Wisconsin; Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota; 
Upper Sioux Community, Minnesota; White Earth Band of Minnesota 
Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota (hereinafter referred to as ``The Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from an undesignated location in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown persons(s). In the 1930s, Malcolm McLean, a Dean 
at the University of Minnesota donated the human remains to the 
University of Minnesota (Acc. UM83). In 1989, the human remains were 
transferred to the MIAC. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the remains and dental morphology identify these 
human remains as pre-contact American

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Indian. The remains have no specific context or archeological 
classification and cannot be associated with any present-day Indian 
tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from an undesignated location in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and given to an antique dealer in 
Mankato, MN who transferred the remains to the Minnesota Office of the 
State Archaeologist in 1990. The human remains were then transferred to 
the MIAC in the same year (H180). No known individuals were identified. 
No associated funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the remains and cranial morphology identify these 
human remains as pre-contact American Indian. The human remains have no 
specific context or archeological classification and cannot be 
associated with any present-day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from an undesignated location in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and reportedly used for anatomical study 
by a medical student. In 1991, the human remains were donated to the 
MIAC (H191). No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the remains and cranial morphology identify these 
human remains as pre-contact American Indian. The human remains have no 
specific context or archeological classification and cannot be 
associated with any present-day Indian tribe.
    At unknown dates, human remains representing, at minimum, seven 
individuals were removed from undesignated locations in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown persons and donated to the Science Museum of 
Minnesota. Between 1993 and 1994, the human remains were transferred to 
the MIAC (H228, H230, H255, H281). No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the remains and cranial morphology identify these 
human remains as pre-contact American Indian. The human remains have no 
specific context or archeological classification and cannot be 
associated with any present-day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from an undesignated location in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and donated to the Minnesota Historical 
Society (Box961N31). In 1993, the human remains were 
transferred to the MIAC (H244). No known individual was identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the remains suggests an ancient, pre-contact 
burial, and therefore probably American Indian affiliation. The human 
remains have no specific context or archeological classification and 
cannot be associated with any present-day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, two 
individuals were removed from an undesignated location in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and donated to the Minnesota Historical 
Society (no Acc.  assigned). In 1994, the human remains were 
transferred to the MIAC (H251). No known individuals were identified. 
No associated funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the remains, cranial morphology and dental 
attrition identify these human remains as pre-contact American Indian. 
The human remains have no specific context or archeological 
classification and cannot be associated with any present-day Indian 
tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from an undesignated location in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and donated to the Science Museum of 
Minnesota (Acc.164, 1-1501) by Dr. Mason Allen. In 1994, the human 
remains were transferred to the MIAC (H256). No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the remains and cranial morphology identify these 
human remains as pre-contact American Indian. The human remains have no 
specific context or archeological classification and cannot be 
associated with any present-day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, two 
individuals were removed from an undesignated location in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and donated to the Science Museum of 
Minnesota. In 1994, the human remains were transferred to the MIAC 
(H261). No records were associated with the transfer of these human 
remains from the Science Museum of Minnesota. The bones are marked as 
follows: ``A-E SE MINN.'' No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the remains and the purported context identify 
these human remains as probably pre-contact American Indian. The human 
remains have no archeological classification and cannot be associated 
with any present-day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from an undesignated location in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s). In 1996, the human remains were 
discovered in the basement rafters of a private residence in Brainerd, 
MN. The remains had been modified with the addition of non-human glass 
eyes. The human remains were recovered by the Brainerd Police 
Department/Crow Wing County Sheriff and then transferred to the 
Minnesota Office of the State Archaeologist and then to the MIAC 
(H302). No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    The condition of the remains and cranial morphology identify these 
human remains as pre-contact American Indian. The human remains have no 
specific context or archeological classification and cannot be 
associated with any present-day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, five 
individuals were removed from undesignated locations in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and donated to the Minnesota Historical 
Society. In 1987, the human remains were transferred to the MIAC 
(H319.44A). No records were associated with the transfer of these human 
remains from the Minnesota Historical Society. A note in the box 
states: ``Found with wrapping of the St. Paul Daily News Nov. 25th 
(Sat) 1911.'' Bags that contained the human remains were marked as MHS 
Unknown 1. No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the remains, including the presence of red ochre 
staining, cranial morphology, and dental morphology identify these 
human remains as pre-contact American Indian. The human remains have no 
archeological classification and cannot be associated with any present-
day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, four 
individuals were removed from undesignated locations in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and donated to the Minnesota Historical 
Society. In 1987, the human remains were transferred to the MIAC 
(H319.44B). No records were associated with the transfer of these human 
remains from the Minnesota Historical Society. Bags that contained the 
human remains were marked as MHS Unknown 2. No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.

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    The condition of the remains, cranial morphology, and dental 
morphology identify these human remains as pre-contact American Indian. 
The remains include a Woodland style projectile point embedded into a 
vertebra; this point was likely the cause of death of the individual, 
as no evidence of healing is present. The human remains have no 
archeological classification and cannot be associated with any present-
day Indian tribe.
    In the early 1970s, human remains representing, at minimum, two 
individuals were removed from undesignated locations in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and donated to the Minnesota Historical 
Society (Acc. 1972-1-1 and 1972-2-1). In 1987, the human remains were 
transferred to the MIAC (H319.45). No records were associated with the 
transfer of these human remains from the Minnesota Historical Society. 
A note in the box states: ``* * * from 1972 museum display.'' Bags that 
contained the human remains were marked as MHS Unknown 3. No 
known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    The condition of the remains and dental morphology identify these 
human remains as pre-contact American Indian. The human remains have no 
archeological classification and cannot be associated with any present-
day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, 11 
individuals were removed from undesignated locations in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and donated to the Minnesota Historical 
Society. In 1987, the human remains were transferred to the MIAC 
(H319.46). No records were associated with the transfer of these human 
remains from the Minnesota Historical Society. The human remains were 
transferred in Minnesota Historical Society Museum Box AY6-A-2-5. These 
human remains were in bags labeled only as MHS Unknown A, MHS Unknown 
B, MHS Unknown C. No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the human remains, cranial morphology, dental 
morphology and dental patterns of attrition identify these human 
remains as pre-contact American Indian. The human remains have no 
archeological classification and cannot be associated with any present-
day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing one individual were 
removed from an undesignated archeological site in western Minnesota. 
The human remains were given to a private citizen. In 1995, the brother 
of the private citizen donated the human remains to the South Dakota 
State Archaeological Research Center (Acc. 96-109). In 1996, 
the human remains were transferred to the Minnesota Office of the State 
Archaeologist. In 1997, the human remains were transferred to the MIAC 
(H329). No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    The condition of the remains, including the presence of red ochre 
staining and cranial morphology identify these human remains as pre-
contact American Indian. The human remains have no archeological 
classification and cannot be associated with any present-day Indian 
tribe.
    At unknown dates, human remains representing, at minimum, ten 
individuals were removed from undesignated locations in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown persons and donated to the University of 
Minnesota. In 1998, the human remains were transferred to the MIAC 
(H338, H343, H344). No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the remains and cranial morphology identify these 
human remains as pre-contact American Indian. The human remains have no 
archeological classification and cannot be associated with any present-
day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from an undesignated location in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and donated to the University of 
Minnesota. In 1998, the human remains were transferred to the MIAC 
(H342). No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    The condition of the remains, including the presence of red ochre, 
and cranial morphology identify these human remains as pre-contact 
American Indian. The human remains have no archeological classification 
and cannot be associated with any present-day Indian tribe.
    At unknown dates, human remains representing, at minimum, 16 
individuals were removed from undesignated locations in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown persons and donated to the University of 
Minnesota. In 1998, the human remains were transferred to the MIAC 
(H345, H347, H349). No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the remains, cranial morphology and dental 
morphology identify these human remains as pre-contact American Indian. 
The human remains have no archeological classification and cannot be 
associated with any present-day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from an undesignated location in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and donated to the University of 
Minnesota. In 1998, the human remains were transferred to the MIAC 
(H346). No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    The condition of the remains, cranial morphology and femora 
morphology identify these human remains as pre-contact American Indian. 
The human remains have no archeological classification and cannot be 
associated with any present-day Indian tribe.
    At unknown dates, human remains representing, at minimum, three 
individuals were removed from undesignated locations in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and donated to the University of 
Minnesota. In 1998, the human remains were transferred to the MIAC 
(H350). No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    The condition of the remains, cranial morphology, dental morphology 
and femora morphology identify these human remains as pre-contact 
American Indian. The human remains have no archeological classification 
and cannot be associated with any present-day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from an undesignated location in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s) and donated to the Science Museum of 
Minnesota (SMM Number: 1-1502, A; Acc: 8). In 1999, the human remains 
were transferred to the MIAC (H351). No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the remains, cranial morphology and dental 
morphology identify these human remains as pre-contact American Indian. 
The human remains have no archeological classification and cannot be 
associated with any present-day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, three 
individuals were removed from an undesignated location in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s). In the early 1970s, C. Watrall donated 
the remains to the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, where he was an 
associate professor. In 1999, the human remains were transferred to the 
Minnesota Office of the State Archaeologist. In 2002, the human

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remains were transferred to the MIAC (H382). Records with the transfer 
from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan report that catalogue 
entries identify the donated remains as originating from Minnesota but 
do not provide any information regarding recovery location, 
archaeological context, or cultural affiliation. No known individuals 
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The condition of the remains, cranial morphology and femora 
morphology identify these human remains as pre-contact American Indian. 
The human remains have no archeological classification and cannot be 
associated with any present-day Indian tribe.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, three 
individuals were recovered from an unknown site in the State of 
Minnesota by unknown person(s). In 2008, these human remains were 
transferred by a private citizen to the cultural director of the 
Shakopee Medewakaton community who transferred the human remains to the 
MIAC (H439).
    The condition of the human remains suggests an ancient, pre-contact 
time period association. The cranial morphology and femora morphology 
identify these human remains as American Indian. The human remains have 
no archeological classification and cannot be associated with any 
present-day Indian tribe.

Determinations Made by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council

    Officials of the MIAC have determined that:
     Based on non-destructive physical analysis and catalogue 
records, the human remains are Native American.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), a relationship of shared 
group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and any present-day Indian tribe.
     According to final judgments of the Indian Claims 
Commission, the land from which the Native American human remains were 
removed is the aboriginal land of The Tribes.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 78 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the 
human remains is to The Tribes.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains or any other Indian tribe 
that believes it satisfies the criteria in 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1) should 
contact James L. (Jim) Jones, Cultural Resource Director, Minnesota 
Indian Affairs Council, 3801 Bemidji Avenue NW., Suite 5, Bemidji, MN 
56601, telephone (218) 755-3223, before January 23, 2012. Disposition 
of the human remains to The Tribes may proceed after that date if no 
additional requestors come forward.
    The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council is responsible for notifying 
The Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: December 20, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-32980 Filed 12-22-11; 8:45 am]
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