[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 141 (Monday, July 23, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 43116]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office 
[www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-17642]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-10740; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: The University of Montana, Missoula, MT; 
Correction

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; correction.

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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 
correction of an inventory of human remains and associated funerary 
objects in the possession of The University of Montana, Missoula, MT. The 
human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from various 
locations in western Montana.
    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.
    This notice corrects the number of associated funerary objects 
previously published in a Notice of Inventory Completion in the Federal 
Register (68 FR 50187-50189, August 20, 2003). In 2009 and 2011, 
associated funerary objects for human remains (UMFC01, UMFC24, and 
24MO1071) were discovered in the University of Montana's collection. This 
notice also corrects the minimum number of individuals by removing four 
sets of human remains (UMFC21, UMFC25, and UMFC72) originally published 
as separate individuals. Upon further review of the collection, these 
remains were not those of distinct individuals but could be connected to 
other sets of remains listed elsewhere in the notice. Transfer of control 
of the human remains to the tribe listed below has been completed.
    In the Federal Register (68 FR 50187-50189, August 20, 2003), 
paragraph four, is corrected by substituting the following:
    In 1952, human remains (UMFC01) representing a minimum of two 
individuals were removed from the University of Montana campus, Missoula 
County, MT. The remains were excavated by Carling Malouf. One bone was 
stained with a red substance likely to be ocher, which is consistent with 
a prehistoric Native American secondary burial practice. No known 
individuals were identified. The seven associated funerary objects are 1 
copper bell, 1 set of copper beads, 1 copper coil, 1 shell pendant 
fragment, 1 set of arrow points, 1 set of lithic flakes, and 1 lot of 
beads of various sizes. The presence of glass seed beads, of types 
commonly traded to local tribes in the mid-19th century, dates the 
burials to that period.
    In the Federal Register (68 FR 50187-50189, August 20, 2003), 
paragraphs 10, 12, and 18 are deleted. These remains (UMFC21, UMFC25, and 
UMFC 72) are duplicative of the remains in paragraph four (UMFC01) as 
revised above, and remains published in a Notice of Inventory Completion 
in the Federal Register (75 FR 58430-58431, September 24, 2010), 
paragraphs six and seven.
    In the Federal Register (68 FR 50187-50189, August 20, 2003), 
paragraph 11, sentence four, is corrected by substituting the following 
sentence:
    The two associated funerary objects are one lot of animal teeth and 
one lot of small fossil shell beads, all covered with red ochre.
    In the Federal Register (68 FR 50187-50189, August 20, 2003), 
paragraph 19 is corrected by substituting the following:
    Prior to 1991, human remains (24MO1071) representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from prehistoric archeological site 24MO1071 in 
Missoula County, MT. Metric analysis and geographic location indicated 
that the individual was probably Native American. No known individual was 
identified. The 17 associated funerary objects are 13 animal rib bones, 1 
bird bone whistle, 1 chert flake, 1 chert tool, and 1 drill with a broken 
tip.
    In the Federal Register (68 FR 50187-50189, August 20, 2003), 
paragraph 24 is corrected by substituting the following paragraph:

Determinations Made by The University of Montana

    Officials of The University of Montana have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9-10), the human remains described above 
represent the physical remains of 17 individuals of Native American 
ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 194 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.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared 
group identity that can be reasonably traced between the human remains 
and the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead 
Reservation, Montana.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the associated funerary objects should contact 
Sally Thompson, University of Montana, Anthropological Curation Facility, 
Department of Anthropology, Missoula, MT 59812, telephone (406) 243-5525, 
before August 22, 2012. Repatriation of the associated funerary objects 
to the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, 
Montana, may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The University of Montana is responsible for notifying the 
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, 
Montana that this notice has been published.

    Dated: June 28, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-17642 Filed 7-20-12; 8:45 am]
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