[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 76 (Thursday, April 19, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 23501-23502]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-9467]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Sheboygan County Historical 
Museum, Sheboygan, WI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Sheboygan County Historical Museum 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 Sheboygan County Historical 
Museum. Disposition of the human remains to the Indian tribes stated 
below may occur if no additional requestors come forward.

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DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the 
Sheboygan County Historical Museum at the address below by May 21, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: Tamara Lange, Collection Coordinator/Registrar, Sheboygan 
County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081, 
telephone (920) 458-1103.

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 under 
the control of the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, Sheboygan, 
Wisconsin. The human remains are believed to have been removed from an 
unknown location in or adjoining to Sheboygan County, WI.
    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 
Sheboygan County Historical Museum 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; Citizen 
Potawatomi Nation, Oklahoma; Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South 
Dakota; Fond du Lac Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; 
Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin; Grand Portage Band of 
the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Hannahville Indian Community, 
Michigan; Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin; 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; Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin; Mille Lacs 
Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Oneida Tribe of 
Indians of Wisconsin; Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation, Kansas; 
Prairie Island Indian Community in the State of Minnesota; Red Cliff 
Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; Sac & Fox Nation 
of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska; Sac & Fox Nation, Oklahoma; Sac & 
Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa; Santee Sioux Nation, Nebraska; 
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; Stockbridge Munsee 
Community, Wisconsin; Upper Sioux Community, Minnesota; White Earth 
Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; and Winnebago Tribe of 
Nebraska (herein referred to as ``The Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    At an unknown date between 1899 and 1917, human remains 
representing, at minimum, one individual were removed from a site 
believed to have been in or adjoining to Sheboygan County, WI, by Dr. 
Alphonse J. Gerend. At least a portion of Dr. Gerend's collection was 
held at the Public Library in Sheboygan with the intention that the 
items be on exhibit there until a museum or other appropriate gallery 
was established in the city. At some time following the establishment 
of the Sheboygan County Historical Society in 1923, the Gerend 
Collection, including the human remains, was transferred to the custody 
of the Sheboygan County Historical Society & Museum. The exact 
circumstances or date of the transfer are unknown. Later efforts by 
staff at the Museum to inventory Dr. Gerend's collection included a 
1994 inventory where the bone was misclassified as a potsherd (SCHM 
Object Number 3240.126). A subsequent inventory in the fall of 2009 
uncovered the misidentification. The human remains consist of a single 
cranial fragment. No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.

Determinations Made by the Sheboygan County Historical Museum

    Officials of the Sheboygan County Historical Museum have determined 
that:
     Based upon non-destructive physical analysis and the 
history and collecting practices of the donor (Dr. Alphonse Gerend), 
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.
     Multiple lines of evidence, including treaties, Acts of 
Congress, and Executive Orders, indicate that the land from which the 
Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of 
The Tribes.
     Other credible lines of evidence indicate that 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 one individual 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 Tamara Lange, Collection Coordinator/Registrar, Sheboygan 
County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081, 
telephone (920) 458-1103, before May 21, 2012. Disposition of the human 
remains to The Tribes may proceed after that date if no additional 
requestors come forward.
    The Sheboygan County Historical Museum is responsible for notifying 
The Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: April 12, 2012.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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