[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 109 (Thursday, June 6, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 34129-34130]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-13465]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13042; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: University of 
Michigan, Museum of Anthropology, Ann Arbor, MI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The University of Michigan, in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has 
determined that the cultural items listed in this notice meet the 
definition of unassociated funerary objects. Lineal descendants or 
representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not 
identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items 
should submit a written request to the University of Michigan. If no 
additional claimants come forward, transfer of control of the cultural 
items 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 
claim these cultural items should submit a written request with 
information in support of the claim to the University of Michigan at 
the address in this notice by July 8, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Ben Secunda, NAGPRA Project Manager, Office of the Vice 
President for Research, 4080 Fleming Building, University of Michigan, 
503 S. Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340, telephone (734) 647-
9085, email bsecunda@umich.edu.

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 cultural items under the 
control of the University of Michigan that meet the definition of 
unassociated funerary objects 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 items. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Item(s)

    Prior to 1924, 15 cultural items were removed from graves in the 
areas of Middle Village, Cross Village, and other locations in Emmet 
County, MI. In 1924, these items were sold to the University of 
Michigan, Museum of Anthropology, by Rev. L.P. Rowlands of Detroit, MI. 
Other unassociated funerary objects from this collection were 
previously listed in a Notice of Inventory Completion published in the 
Federal Register (62 FR 8265-8266, February 24, 1997). The 15 
unassociated funerary objects are as follows: From Middle Village--6 
pipestone square beads; from Cross Village--1 silver brooch; 1 iron 
axe; and 1 small oval wooden bowl; and from locations in Emmet County--
2 silver fragments; 1 British military coat button; 1 small bundle of 
feathers, plant fibers, and metal pieces; 1 lot of red paint fragments 
in hide; and 1 textile fragment with small shell beads.
    The areas of Cross Village and Middle Village are historic Odawa 
settlements, and the types of unassociated funerary objects are 
consistent with Odawa burials of the late seventeenth and eighteenth 
centuries. Consultation evidence presented by the Little Traverse Bay 
Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan, supports the Odawa affiliation for 
these sites.

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Determinations Made by the University of Michigan

     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the 15 cultural items 
described above 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 and are believed, by a preponderance of the 
evidence, to have been removed from specific burial sites of Native 
American individuals.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the 
unassociated funerary objects and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of 
Odawa Indians, Michigan.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim 
these cultural items should submit a written request with information 
in support of the claim to Dr. Ben Secunda, NAGPRA Project Manager, 
Office of the Vice President for Research, 4080 Fleming Building, 
University of Michigan, 503 S. Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340, 
telephone (734) 647-9085, email bsecunda@umich.edu by July 8, 2013. 
After that date, if no additional claimants have come forward, transfer 
of control of the unassociated funerary objects to the Little Traverse 
Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan, may proceed.
    The University of Michigan is responsible for notifying the Little 
Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan, that this notice has 
been published.

    Dated: May 8, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-13465 Filed 6-5-13; 8:45 am]
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