[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 169 (Friday, August 30, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 53781-53782]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-21251]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13718: PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Indiana Department of Natural 
Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, 
Indianapolis, IN

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of 
Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) has completed an inventory 
of human remains and associated funerary objects, in consultation with 
the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has 
determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the human 
remains and associated funerary objects and any present-day Indian 
tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Representatives of any Indian 
tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice 
that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains and 
associated funerary objects should submit a written request to the 
Indiana Department of Natural Resources DHPA through the University of 
Indianapolis. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of 
control of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the 
Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice 
may proceed.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian 
organization not identified in this notice that wish to request 
transfer of control of these human remains and associated funerary 
objects should submit a written request with information in support of 
the request to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources DHPA through 
the University of Indianapolis at the address in this notice by 
September 30, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Christopher W. Schmidt, University of Indianapolis, 1400 
E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227, telephone (317) 788-2103.

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 and 
associated funerary objects under the control of Indiana Department of 
Natural Resources DHPA and in the physical custody of the University of 
Indianapolis. The human remains and associated funerary objects were 
removed from the Meyer Site in Spencer County, IN.
    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 and associated funerary 
objects. 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 
University of Indianapolis professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Miami Tribe 
of Oklahoma; and the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians, Michigan 
and Indiana.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 2004, human remains representing, at minimum, 30 individuals 
were removed from site 12SP1082 (Meyer site), in Spencer County, IN. 
The remains were excavated by archeologist Anne Bader and transferred 
to the Indiana Department of Natural

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Resources and the University of Indianapolis. No known individuals were 
identified. The 3,562 associated funerary objects include 20 bifaces; 
11 bone pins; 4 bone beads; 3 Matanzas points; 3 chert drills; 2 bone 
awls; 1 knife; 1 unidentified point; and 3,517 artifacts found nearby 
including shell, animal bone, nutshell, hematite, charcoal, and chert 
flakes.

Determinations Made by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources DHPA

    Officials of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources DHPA have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice are Native American based on morphological 
characteristics and cultural treatments.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 30 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 3,562 objects 
described in this notice 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), a relationship of shared 
group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and associated funerary objects and any present-day 
Indian tribe.
     Treaties, Acts of Congress, or Executive Orders, indicate 
that the land from which the Native American human remains and 
associated funerary objects were removed is the aboriginal land of the 
Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Miami Tribe of Oklahoma; and the 
Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the 
human remains and associated funerary objects may be to the Eastern 
Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Miami Tribe of Oklahoma; and the Pokagon 
Band of the Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization 
not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control 
of these human remains and associated funerary objects should submit a 
written request with information in support of the request to Dr. 
Christopher W. Schmidt, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., 
Indianapolis, IN 46227, telephone (317) 788-2103, by September 30, 
2013. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, 
transfer of control of the human remains and associated funerary 
objects to the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Miami Tribe of 
Oklahoma; and the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and 
Indiana may proceed.
    The Indiana Department of Natural Resources DHPA is responsible for 
notifying the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Miami Tribe of 
Oklahoma; and the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and 
Indiana that this notice has been published.

    Dated: August 6, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-21251 Filed 8-29-13; 8:45 am]
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