[Federal Register: August 29, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 168)]
[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, and in the Control of the U.S.
Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, DC

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American

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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, and in the control of the U.S. Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, DC.
    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 human remains was made by the
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council professional staff in consultation
with representatives of the Mille Lacs Band of the Minnesota Chippewa
Tribe, Minnesota.
    In 1965, human remains representing three individuals were removed
from the Petaga Point site (21-ML-11), Mille Lacs County, MN, during
archeological excavations conducted by L.R. Cooper of the University of
Minnesota. No known individuals were identified. The three associated
funerary objects are two copper coils (578.61) and one piece of birch
bark.
    Based on material culture present at the Petaga Point site (21-ML-
11), these burials have been identified as postcontact cemetery burials
related to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. These human remains are from
within the present reservation and the ceded aboriginal territory of
the Mille Lac Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota.
Traditionally, members of the tribe have wrapped human remains in birch
bark before interring them. Birch bark was associated with the burial
and is considered additional evidence that the human remains were
ancestors of the present-day Mille Lac Ojibwe.
    In 1949, human remains representing four individuals were removed
from the Kathio School or Vineland Bay site (21-ML-7), Mille Lacs
County, MN, by L.A. Wilford of the University of Minnesota. No known
individuals were identified. The remains of one individual were
recovered from a burial. The remains of three other individuals were
recovered from a feature near the burial. The 1325 associated funerary
objects recovered from the feature near the burial are 1 bear skull
(301-9), 17 bear bones (301), 80 deer bones (301), 16 deer teeth (301),
75 fish bones (301), 42 turtle bones (301), 1 rabbit skull (301), 23
pieces of bird bone (301), 6 beaver bones (301), 18 beaver teeth (301),
4 bone tools (301), 840 pieces of unidentifiable medium to large mammal
bones (301), 14 unidentifiable medium to large mammal skull bone
fragments (301), 2 elk bones (301), 3 canine bones (301), 81 burnt bone
fragments (301), 2 pottery rim sherds (301), 6 pottery sherds (301), 3
pieces of bark (301), 90 pieces of unidentifiable small to medium
mammal bones (301), and 1 large mammal cranial fragment (301).
    In 1966, human remains representing one individual were removed
from the Kathio School or Vineland Bay site (21-ML-7), Mille Lacs
County, MN, by O.E. Johnson of the University of Minnesota. No known
individuals were identified. The 108 associated funerary objects are 17
pottery sherds (606-55), 2 projectile points (606-55), 17 lithic flakes
(606-55), 8 pieces of fire-cracked rock (606-55), 1 quartz scraper
(606-55), 1 quartz piece (606-55), 2 pieces of burnt clay (606-55), 29
pieces of burnt bone (606-55), 17 pieces of fish bone (606-55), and 14
fragments of large mammal bone (606-55).
    In 1967, human remains representing eight individuals were removed
from the Kathio School or Vineland Bay site (21-ML-7), Mille Lacs
County, MN, by D. Dickinson of the University of Minnesota. No known
individuals were identified. The 104 associated funerary objects
consist of human hair, 13 dog skull fragments (638), 1 copper breast
plate with wood (638), 1 hide flesher, 1 bone awl (638-202), 11
unidentified bone fragments (638-186, 638-206), 1 burnt bone fragment,
1 siltstone scraper, 52 lithic flakes (638-201, 638-193,638-243), 2
fish bone fragments, 1 deer bone, 1 small blue bead,, 1 rusted iron
bracelet (638-190), 1 copper bracelet (638-203), 1 woven cloth from a
burial (638-163), 1 piece of bark, 1 piece of quartz (638-197), 1
copper fragment (638-194), 1 piece of copper (638-192), 1 bird bone
(638-246), 1 copper tube bead (638-244), 1 bear tooth (638-234), 6
ceramic sherds, and 3 projectile points (638-199, 638-245, 638-248).
    Based on material culture present at the Kathio School or Vineland
Bay site (21-ML-7), these burials have been identified as postcontact
cemetery burials related to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. These human
remains are from within the present reservation and the ceded
aboriginal territory of the Mille Lac Band of the Minnesota Chippewa
Tribe, Minnesota. The funerary objects found with these human remains
are traditionally the items that Ojibwe people put into burials and are
considered additional evidence that the human remains were ancestors of
the present-day Mille Lacs Ojibwe.
    In 1966, human remains representing four individuals were removed
from Strawberry Hill (21-ML-14), Mille Lacs County, County, MN, by T.
Dahlquist and J. Kaufert of the University of Minnesota. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Based on oral traditions and historic documents, Strawberry Hill is
recognized as an historic Ojibwe cemetery. It is within the current
reservation and the ceded aboriginal territory of the Mille Lacs Band
of Ojibwe.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Bureau
of Indian Affairs and 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 20 individuals of Native
American ancestry. Officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council also have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 1540 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 Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Minnesota
Indian Affairs Council have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(e), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be
reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects and the Mille Lacs Band of the Minnesota
Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Mille Lacs Band of
the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota and the Minnesota Chippewa
Tribe, Minnesota. 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. Jones, Cultural
Resource Specialist, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, 1819 Bemidji
Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601; telephone (218) 755-3825, before September
30, 2002. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary
objects to the Mille Lacs Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe,
Minnesota may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.

    Dated: July 29, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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