[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 23 (Tuesday, February 4, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6621-6622]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-02334]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-14723; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: State Historical Society of 
Wisconsin, Madison, WI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin 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 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 State Historical Society of 
Wisconsin. 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 State 
Historical Society of Wisconsin at the address in this notice by March 
6, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Jennifer Kolb, Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 North Carroll 
Street, Madison, WI 53703, telephone (608) 261-2461, email 
Jennifer.Kolb@wisconsinhistory.org.

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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 State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. 
The human remains were removed from the Merton Burial site, Waukesha 
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 State 
Historical Society of Wisconsin professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin; 
Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin; and the Menominee Indian Tribe of 
Wisconsin.

History and Description of the Remains

    On July 8, 1993, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual (HP.WK-0248.1) were removed from the Merton Burial site 
(BWK-0248) in Waukesha County, WI. The Merton Burial site is located 
near several known Potawatomi villages. There are also early settler 
accounts of the Potawatomi inhabiting this region of Waukesha County at 
the time of contact. The human remains were discovered by a 
construction crew working on a private residence. The crew contacted 
the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and County Coroner, who in 
turn contacted the Historical Society's Burial Sites Preservation 
Office. Historical Society staff collected the remains that had been 
exposed and excavated a cranium that was in situ. The human remains 
were determined to be those of a Native American male over the age of 
50. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.

Determinations Made by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin

    Officials of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice are Native American based on Wisconsin Historical 
Society records, location and context of the burial, and skeletal 
analysis.
     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.
     According to final judgments of the Indian Claims 
Commission or the Court of Federal Claims, the land from which the 
Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of 
the Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin.
     Treaties, Acts of Congress, or Executive Orders, indicate 
that the land from which the Native American human remains were removed 
is the aboriginal land of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe 
of Chippewa Indians of the Bad River Reservation, Wisconsin; Bay Mills 
Indian Community, Michigan; Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of the 
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Chippewa-Cree Indians of the Rocky 
Boy's Reservation, Montana; Citizen Potawatomi 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; 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 of Michigan; Leech 
Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Match-e-be-nash-
she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan; Mille Lacs Band of 
the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota; Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the 
Potawatomi, Michigan (previously listed as the Huron Potawatomi, Inc.); 
Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma; Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan 
and Indiana; 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 Cliff Band of Lake 
Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; Red Lake Band of Chippewa 
Indians, Minnesota; Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; Sault 
Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Sokaogon Chippewa 
Community, Wisconsin; St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; Turtle 
Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota; and the White Earth 
Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota (hereafter referred to as 
``The Aboriginal Land Tribes'').
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the 
human remains may be to The Aboriginal Land Tribes.

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 Jennifer Kolb, Wisconsin Historical 
Museum, 30 North Carroll Street, Madison, WI 53703, telephone (608) 
261-2461, email Jennifer.Kolb@wisconsinhistory.org, by March 6, 2014. 
After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, 
transfer of control of the human remains to The Aboriginal Land Tribes 
may proceed.
    The State Historical Society of Wisconsin is responsible for 
notifying The Aboriginal Land Tribes that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: December 23, 2013.
Melanie O'Brien,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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