[Federal Register: March 20, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 54)]
[Notices]
[Page 15746-15747]
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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 Peabody Museum
of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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 Peabody Museum of Archaeology
and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the associated funerary object was made by
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology professional staff in
consultation with representatives of the Bay Mills Indian Community of
the Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians, Bay Mills Reservation,
Michigan; the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of
Michigan; the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan;
the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians of the Red Lake Reservation,
Minnesota; and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of
Michigan.
    In 1869, a wooden grave marker engraved with the image of an
inverted crane, was donated to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and
Ethnology by Henry Gillman. No human remains are present.
    Museum records indicate this grave marker was located near the
Straits of Mackinac, MI. In traditional Ojibwe practice, these grave
markers are manufactured exclusively for burial

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sites and funerary practice. The form of this grave marker is
consistent with other known grave markers of the Crane clan and
traditional Ojibwe practice.
    Based on the specific cultural attribution in museum records, the
early 19th century date of burial, and geographic location,
this associated funerary object has been culturally affiliated with the
Bay Mills Indian Community of the Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa
Indians, Bay Mills Reservation, Michigan; and the Sault Ste. Marie
Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Peabody
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the one object listed 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. Officials of
the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology also have determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared
group identity that can be reasonably traced between this associated
funerary object and the Bay Mills Indian Community of the Sault Ste.
Marie Band of Chippewa Indians, Bay Mills Reservation, Michigan; and
the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan. This notice
has been sent to officials of the Bay Mills Indian Community of the
Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians, Bay Mills Reservation,
Michigan; the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of
Michigan; the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan;
the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians of the Red Lake Reservation,
Minnesota; and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of
Michigan. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with this associated funerary object
should contact Barbara Isaac, Repatriation Coordinator, Peabody Museum
of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138,
telephone (617) 495-2254, before April 19, 2001. Repatriation of the
associated funerary object to the Bay Mills Indian Community of the
Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians, Bay Mills Reservation,
Michigan; and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of
Michigan may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.

    Dated: February 21, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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