[Federal Register: May 28, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 103)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the Minnesota
Indian Affairs Council, Bemidji, MN

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Minnesota Indian Affairs
Council, Bemidji, MN.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University
of

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Minnesota professional staff in consultation with representatives of
the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Indian Tribe.
    In 1984, human remains representing one individual from a site
located on private land within the exterior boundaries of the Bois
Forte Reservation near Lake Vermillion by Bois Forte Tribal Police.
These human remains were turned over to the Minnesota State
Archeologist and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. No known
individual was identified. The 16 associated funerary objects include
three beaver mandibles, one lynx mandible, one elk naviculocuboid, one
beaver innominate, one fragement of beaver incisor, six bone awls, one
harpoon awl, one hide flesher (moose or elk metatarsal), and one iron
tranche (ice chisel).
    Based on the associated funerary objects, this individual has been
determined to be Native American from the historic period. These human
remains and funerary objects were recovered within the exterior
boundaries of the Bois Forte Reservation.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of one individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council have also determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 16 objects listed 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. Lastly, officials of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a
relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced
between these Native American human remains and associated funerary
objects and the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Bois Forte Band of
the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact James L. (Jim) Jones, Cultural Resource
Specialist, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, 1819 Bemidji Ave.
Bemidji, MN 56601; telephone: (218) 755-3825, before June 28, 1999.
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to
the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: April 22, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
DeManager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-13600 Filed 5-27-99; 8:45 am]
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