[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 61 (Monday, March 31, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18060-18061]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-07141]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-15214; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Ball State University Department 
of Anthropology, Muncie, IN

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Ball State University 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 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 Ball State University Department of 
Anthropology. 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.

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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 Ball State University Department of Anthropology at 
the address in this notice by April 30, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Cailin Murray, Ball State University Department of 
Anthropology, 2000 University Ave., Muncie, IN 47306, telephone (765) 
285-3568, email cemurray@bsu.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 Ball State 
University Department of Anthropology, Muncie, IN. The human remains 
and associated funerary objects were removed from Tolu, in Crittenden 
County, KY.
    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 Ball 
State University Department of Anthropology professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Cherokee Nation; Eastern Band 
of Cherokee Indians; Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; and the 
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1974, human remains representing, at minimum, three individuals 
were removed from Tolu in Crittenden County, KY. The human remains were 
collected from the surface during a field trip to the site and have 
been curated since then at Ball State University Department of 
Anthropology (accession  75F). The human remains are 
identified as comingled cranial and post-cranial fragments with unknown 
sex and age. No known individuals were identified. The 392 associated 
funerary objects are 3 cores, 1 stage II biface, 2 stage III bifaces, 
26 initial reduction flakes, 51 primary flakes, 97 broken flakes, 51 
block flakes, 31 edge-modified flakes, 15 retouched flakes, 6 gravers, 
1 perforators, 10 bipolar artifacts, 1 fire-cracked rock, 3 point 
fragments, 1 Madison point, 22 pottery sherds, 15 animal bones, 52 
shell fragments, 2 quartz, 1 charcoal, and 1 field tile.

Determinations Made by the Ball State University Department of 
Anthropology

    Officials of the Ball State University Department of Anthropology 
have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice are Native American based on the associated prehistoric 
artifacts and animal bone.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of three individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 392 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.
     According to final judgments of the Indian Claims 
Commission or the Court of Federal Claims, the land from which the 
Native American human remains and associated funerary objects were 
removed is the aboriginal land of the Cherokee Nation; Eastern Band of 
Cherokee Indians; Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; and the United 
Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the 
human remains and associated funerary objects may be to the Cherokee 
Nation; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Peoria Tribe of Indians of 
Oklahoma; 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 and associated funerary objects should submit a 
written request with information in support of the request to Cailin 
Murray, Ball State University Department of Anthropology, 2000 
University Ave., Muncie, IN 47306, telephone (765) 285-3568, email 
cemurray@bsu.edu, by April 30, 2014. After that date, if no additional 
requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains 
and associated funerary objects to the Cherokee Nation; Eastern Band of 
Cherokee Indians; Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; and the United 
Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma may proceed.
    The Ball State University Department of Anthropology is responsible 
for notifying the Cherokee Nation; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; 
Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; and the United Keetoowah Band of 
Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma that this notice has been published.

    Dated: March 10, 2014.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2014-07141 Filed 3-28-14; 8:45 am]
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