[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 189 (Monday, September 30, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 59962-59963]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-23815]



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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-14063; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Massachusetts 
Amherst, Department of Anthropology, Amherst, MA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of 
Anthropology, 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 a cultural affiliation between the human remains and 
associated funerary objects and present-day Indian tribes or Native 
Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or 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 
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology. If no 
additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human 
remains and associated funerary objects to the lineal descendants, 
Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice 
may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or 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 University of Massachusetts Amherst, 
Department of Anthropology, at the address in this notice by October 
30, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Rae Gould, Repatriation Coordinator, University of 
Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, 215 Machmer Hall, 
240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003, telephone (413) 545-2702, email 
rgould@anthro.umass.edu.

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 the University of 
Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology. The human remains 
and associated funerary objects were removed from the Kramer Site, Ross 
County, OH.
    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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the 
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; Bad River Band of the 
Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians of the Bad River Reservation, 
Wisconsin; Cherokee Nation; Chippewa-Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy's 
Reservation, Montana; Delaware Nation, Oklahoma; Delaware Tribe of 
Indians; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of 
Oklahoma; Hannahville Indian Community, Michigan; Ho-Chunk Nation of 
Wisconsin; Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan; Kickapoo 
Traditional Tribe of Texas; Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo 
Reservation in Kansas; Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma; Leech Lake Band of 
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa 
Indians, Michigan; Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin; Miami Tribe of 
Oklahoma; Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma; Peoria Tribe of Indians of 
Oklahoma; Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana; 
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (previously listed as the Prairie Band 
of Potawatomi Nation, Kansas); Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa 
Indians of Wisconsin; Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; 
Shawnee Tribe; and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of 
North Dakota (hereafter referred to as ``The Tribes'').
    Representatives of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 
Department of Anthropology, also contacted but did not consult with the 
Bay Mills Indian Community, Michigan; Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of 
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Citizen Potawatomi Nation, 
Oklahoma; Fond du Lac Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; 
Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin; Grand Portage Band of 
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and 
Chippewa Indians, 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 of Michigan; Little 
River Band of Ottawa Indians, Michigan; Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band 
of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan; Mille Lacs Band of Minnesota 
Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, 
Michigan (previously listed as the Huron Potawatomi, Inc.); Quechan 
Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, California & Arizona; Red 
Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Minnesota; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of 
Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Seneca Nation of Indians (previously listed 
as the Seneca Nation of New York); Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma; 
Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Wisconsin; St. Croix Chippewa Indians of 
Wisconsin; Tonawanda Band of Seneca (previously listed as the Tonawanda 
Band of Seneca Indians of New York); United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee 
Indians in Oklahoma; White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, 
Minnesota; Wyandotte Nation; and the Grand River Band of Ottawa 
Indians, Michigan, a non-Federally recognized Indian group.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1967, Dr. Olaf Prufer and Dr. Oriol Pi-Sunyer, then Professors 
at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, 
led an archeological field school focused primarily on the Kramer site 
(33Ro33), in Union Township, Ross County, OH. Archeologists have 
identified the Kramer site as a large Fort Ancient village with a small 
central mound. The 1967 excavation took place in the village area, 
southeast of the mound. Human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from the Kramer site by Dr. Oriol Pi-Sunyer and 
the field school students. These human remains, along with the 
associated funerary objects, were transferred to the University of 
Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, for curation. No 
known individuals were identified. The 762 associated funerary objects 
are 4 projectile points, 61 stone tools, 1 stone pipe fragment, 106 
bone tools, 40 bone beads, 5 bone tubes, 40 animal teeth, 8 fish hook 
and fragments, 47 shell tools, 1 shell bead, 4 soil samples, 2 clay 
fragments, 1 wattle and daub fragment, 1 charred wood fragment, 2 wasp 
nest fragments, 43 lots of faunal remains, 198

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lots of pottery fragments, 164 lots of stone fragments, and 34 lots of 
shell fragments.
    Based on an archeological assessment of the cultural materials, the 
Kramer site is associated with the Fort Ancient Tradition of the Scioto 
River drainage in Ohio. The Fort Ancient Tradition spanned from 950 to 
1450 A.D. and possibly into the 1700's according to some archeologists. 
The cultural material recovered from the Kramer Site is associated with 
all phases of the Fort Ancient Tradition. The University of 
Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, considers the Kramer 
site to be associated with the Fort Ancient Tradition.
    Multiple lines of evidence--guided by tribal consultations--
including geographic, oral tradition, archeological, historical 
records, and treaties demonstrate a shared group identity between these 
human remains and the modern-day tribes of the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe 
of Indians of Oklahoma; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Saginaw 
Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and the Shawnee Tribe.

Determinations Made by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 
Department of Anthropology

    Officials of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of 
Anthropology, have determined that:
     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 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 762 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), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the Native 
American human remains and associated funerary objects to the Absentee-
Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of 
Oklahoma; Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and the Shawnee 
Tribe.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or 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 Rae Gould, Repatriation Coordinator, 
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology, 215 
Machmer Hall, 240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003, telephone (413) 545-
2702, email rgould@anthro.umass.edu, by October 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 
Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of 
Oklahoma; Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and the Shawnee 
Tribe may proceed.
    The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Anthropology 
is responsible for notifying The Tribes that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: September 12, 2013.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-23815 Filed 9-27-13; 8:45 am]
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