[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 24 (Monday, February 6, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 5836]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2012-2517]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate a Cultural Item: Kingman Museum, 
Inc., Battle Creek, MI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Kingman Museum, Inc., in consultation with the appropriate 
Indian tribe, has determined that the cultural item meets the 
definition of unassociated funerary object and repatriation to the 
Indian tribe stated below may occur if no additional claimants come 
forward. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the cultural item may contact the Kingman 
Museum, Inc.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the cultural item should contact the Kingman 
Museum, Inc. at the address below by March 7, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Beth Yahne, Kingman Museum, Inc., Battle Creek, MI 49037, 
telephone (269) 965-5117.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 
U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate a cultural item in the 
possession of the Kingman Museum, Inc., Battle Creek, MI that meets the 
definition of an unassociated funerary object under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    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 cultural item. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Items

    In 1997, a pair of wampum beads was donated to the Kingman Museum, 
Inc. from the family of Clifford Birkholz after his death. At an 
unknown date, Birkholz had found the beads in an apparent grave in 
Sacramento County, CA. The two beads are small and disc-shaped with a 
hole in the middle, held together by a piece of string threaded through 
each hole. The beads appear to be made out of wood or soapstone and 
were painted white.
    Based upon research done by Kingman Museum, Inc., it was believed 
that the beads were of Miwok, Pomo, or Wintun origin. Further research 
and consultation with tribes from the Sacramento County area found that 
the beads are mostly likely to be of Miwok origin as there are many 
Miwok burial sites in and around Sacramento County, CA.
    Determinations made by the Kingman Museum, Inc.:
    Officials of the Kingman Museum, Inc. have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the one cultural item 
described above is 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 and are believed, by a preponderance of the 
evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native 
American individual.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the wampum 
beads and the Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the wampum beads should contact Beth 
Yahne, Kingman Museum, Inc., Battle Creek, MI 49037, telephone (269) 
965-5117, before March 7, 2012. Repatriation of the wampum beads to the 
Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California may proceed after that date if 
no additional claimants come forward.
    The Kingman Museum, Inc. is responsible for notifying the Ione Band 
of Miwok Indians of California that this notice has been published.

    Dated: January 31, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-2517 Filed 2-3-12; 8:45 am]
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