Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 185 (Tuesday, September 24, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 185 (Tuesday, September 24, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50066-50067]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-20618]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-NPS0028865; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]
Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor, MI
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: The University of Michigan (UMMAA) 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
University of Michigan. 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.
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 University of Michigan at the address in this notice
by October 24, 2019.
ADDRESSES: Dr. Ben Secunda, NAGPRA Project Manager, University of
Michigan, Office of the Vice President for Research, 4080 Fleming
Building, 503 South Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340,
telephone (734) 647-9085, email [email protected].
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 University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. The human remains and associated funerary
objects were removed from the Wickcliffe Mounds (15.0001/15BA4) site,
Ballard 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
University of Michigan professional staff in consultation with
representatives of The Chickasaw Nation and The Quapaw Tribe of Indians
(hereafter referred to as ``The Tribes'').
History and Description of the Human Remains
    Between 1932 and 1935, human remains representing, at minimum, two
individuals were removed from the Wickcliffe Mounds site (15.0001/
15BA4) in Ballard County, KY. The site is located near the junction of
the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Between 1932 and 1939, an amateur
collector conducted extensive excavations in the area. On June 2, 1933,
the collector donated to the UMMAA ceramic sherds noted as coming from
burials. Human remains from the site were donated by the collector to
the UMMAA in May of 1935. UMMAA records for these collections and their
excavation are minimal. The two individuals are one adult of
indeterminate age and sex with a possible underlying infection, and one
perinate child. The burials have been dated to the Mississippian Period
(A.D. 1000-1400) based on the associated funerary objects and
chronometric dating. No known individuals were identified. The eight
associated funerary objects are five lots of ceramic sherds, two lots
of shell-tempered ceramic sherds, and one lot of various archeological
materials comprised of ceramic sherds, a possible lithic scraper, and a
lithic flake.
Determinations Made by the University of Michigan
    Officials of the University of Michigan have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described
in this notice are Native American based on accession documentation and
archeological context.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described
in this notice represent the physical remains of two individuals of
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the eight 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 Chickasaw Nation.
     Treaties, Acts of Congress, or Executive Orders, indicate
that the land from which the Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects were removed is the aboriginal land of The
Tribes.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the
human remains and associated funerary objects may be to The 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 and associated funerary objects should submit a
written request with information in support of the request to Dr. Ben
Secunda, NAGPRA Project Manager, University of Michigan, Office of the
Vice President for Research, 4080 Fleming Building, 503 South Thompson
Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340, telephone (734) 647-9085, email
[email protected], by October 24, 2019. After that date, if no
additional requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to The Tribes may
proceed.
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    The University of Michigan is responsible for notifying The Tribes
that this notice has been published.
    Dated: September 6, 2019.
Melanie O'Brien,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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