[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 23 (Tuesday, February 4, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6624-6626]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-02341]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-14698: PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Colorado Museum of 
Natural History, Boulder, CO

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History has 
completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has 
determined that there is no cultural

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affiliation between the human remains 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 should submit a 
written request to the University of Colorado Museum of Natural 
History. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control 
of the human remains 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 should submit a written 
request with information in support of the request to the University of 
Colorado Museum of Natural History at the address in this notice by 
March 6, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Steve Lekson, Curator of Anthropology, University of 
Colorado Museum of Natural History, Campus Box 218, Boulder, CO 80309, 
telephone (303) 492-6671, Lekson@colorado.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 under 
the control of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. 
The human remains were removed from an unknown location in Georgia, 
Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South 
Carolina, Virginia, or West Virginia.
    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. 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 Colorado Museum of Natural History professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of tribes with aboriginal territory 
in Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, 
South Carolina, Virginia, or West Virginia. The consultant tribes with 
aboriginal territory in Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North 
Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, or West Virginia 
include: The Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; Bois Forte 
Band (Nett Lake) of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Cherokee 
Nation; Chickasaw Nation; Delaware Tribe of Indians; Eastern Band of 
Cherokee Indians; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Keweenaw Bay 
Indian Community, Michigan; Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior 
Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Mille Lacs Band of the Minnesota Chippewa 
Tribe, Minnesota; The Muscogee (Creek) Nation; Pokagon Band of 
Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana; Red Cliff Band of Lake 
Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 
of Michigan; Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, New York (formerly the St. Regis 
Band of Mohawk Indians of New York); Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa 
Indians of Michigan; The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; Thlopthlocco 
Tribal Town; Tonawanda Band of Seneca (previously listed as the 
Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York); United Keetoowah Band of 
Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma; and White Earth Band of the Minnesota 
Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota.
    The following tribes with aboriginal territory in Georgia, 
Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South 
Carolina, Virginia, or West Virginia were also invited to participate 
but were not involved in consultations: Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town; 
Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians of the 
Bad River Reservation, Wisconsin; Bay Mills Indian Community, Michigan; 
Cayuga Nation; Chippewa-Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy's Reservation, 
Montana; Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Oklahoma; Delaware Nation, 
Oklahoma; Fond du Lac Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; 
Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin; Grand Portage Band of 
the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa 
and Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Hannahville Indian Community, Michigan; 
Kialegee Tribal Town; Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas; Kickapoo 
Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas; Kickapoo Tribe 
of Oklahoma; 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; Leech Lake Band of the 
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Little River Band of Ottawa 
Indians, Michigan; Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, 
Michigan; Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of 
Michigan; Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin; Miami Tribe of Oklahoma; 
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians; Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; 
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Michigan (previously listed 
as the Huron Potawatomi, Inc.); Oneida Nation of New York; Oneida Tribe 
of Indians of Wisconsin; Onondaga Nation; Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma; 
Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creeks (previously 
listed as the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama); Prairie Band 
Potawatomi Nation (previously listed as the Prairie Band of Potawatomi 
Nation, Kansas); Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, 
California & Arizona; Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Minnesota; 
Seminole Tribe of Florida (previously listed as the Seminole Tribe of 
Florida (Dania, Big Cypress, Brighton, Hollywood & Tampa Reservations); 
Seneca Nation of Indians (previously listed as the Seneca Nation of New 
York); Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma; Shawnee Tribe; Sokaogon 
Chippewa Community, Wisconsin; St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; 
Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin; Turtle Mountain Band of 
Chippewa Indians of North Dakota; Tuscarora Nation; and Wyandotte 
Nation.
    Hereafter, all tribes listed in this section are referred to as 
``The Consulted and Notified Tribes.''

History and Description of the Remains

    Prior to the death of the collector in 1959, human remains 
representing, at minimum, one individual were removed from an unknown 
location in Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, 
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, or West Virginia. Avocational 
archaeologist Gervis W. Hoofnagle (1886-1959) assembled a collection of 
nearly 700 Native American cultural items including several sets of 
human remains. Mr. Hoofnagle's widow sold the collection to the 
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History in 1961. According his 
catalog, Mr. Hoofnagle removed these remains from one of nine states he 
identified as ``Eastern US''. The states are Georgia, Kentucky, 
Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, 
Virginia, and West Virginia. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.16, the Secretary of the Interior may make a 

recommendation for a transfer of control of culturally unidentifiable 
human remains. On November 6, 2013, the University of Colorado Museum 
of Natural History requested that the

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Secretary, through the Native American Graves Protection and 
Repatriation Review Committee, recommend the proposed transfer of 
control of the culturally unidentifiable Native American human remains 
in this notice to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Pokagon Band of 
Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana; Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 
of Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan; 
and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. These 
tribes jointly requested disposition.
    The Review Committee, acting pursuant to its responsibility under 
25 U.S.C. 3006(c)(5), considered the request at its November 2013 
meeting and recommended to the Secretary that the proposed transfer of 
control proceed. A December 11, 2013 letter on behalf of the Secretary 
of Interior from the Designated Federal Official transmitted the 
Secretary's independent review and concurrence with the Review 
Committee that:
     The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History 
consulted with every appropriate Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian 
organization,
     None of The Consulted and Notified Tribes objected to the 
proposed transfer of control, and
     The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History may 
proceed with the agreed upon transfer of control of the culturally 
unidentifiable human remains to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; 
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana; Saginaw 
Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa 
Indians of Michigan; and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians 
in Oklahoma.
    Transfer of control is contingent on the publication of a Notice of 
Inventory Completion in the Federal Register. This notice fulfills that 
requirement.

Determinations Made by the University of Colorado Museum of Natural 
History

    Officials of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History 
have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice are Native American based the collecting focus and 
composition of the Hoofnagle collection.
     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(2), a relationship of shared 
group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and any present-day Indian tribe.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.16, the disposition of the human 
remains will be to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Pokagon Band 
of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana; Saginaw Chippewa Indian 
Tribe of Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of 
Michigan; and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in 
Oklahoma.

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 should submit a written request with information 
in support of the request to Steve Lekson, Curator of Anthropology, 
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Campus Box 218, 
Boulder, CO 80309, telephone (303) 492-6671, Lekson@colorado.edu, by 
March 6, 2014. After that date, if no additional requestors have come 
forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the Eastern Band 
of Cherokee Indians; Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and 
Indiana; Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie 
Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan; and the United Keetoowah Band of 
Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma may proceed.
    The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is responsible 
for notifying The Consulted and Notified Tribes that this notice has 
been published.


    Dated: December 19, 2013.
Melanie O'Brien,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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