FR Doc E8-25792[Federal Register: October 28, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 209)]
[Notices]               
[Page 63991-63992]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, 
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, DC, and Minnesota Indian Affairs 
Council, St. Paul and Bemidji, MN

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
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    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 in the control of the U.S. 
Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, DC, 
and in the possession of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, St. Paul 
and Bemidji, MN. The human remains were removed from an unknown 
location on the White Earth Reservation, Mahnomen County, MN.
    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 human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Minnesota 
Indian Affairs Council professional staff on behalf of the Bureau of 
Indian Affairs, in consultation with representatives of the White Earth 
Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota.
    In 1934, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from an unknown location at Rice Lake, White Earth 
Reservation, Mahnomen County, MN, during a building project by the 
Indian Emergency Conservation. No known individual was identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on reported associated burial objects not present in the 
Minnesota Indian Council's collection, including a bone needle with 
thread, the human remains have been identified as a post-Euroamerican 
contact cemetery burial related to the local Ojibwe population, also 
known as Chippewa, residing at the White Earth Reservation.
    Officials of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs and Minnesota Indian Affairs Council have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above 
represent the physical remains of one individual of Native

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American ancestry. Officials of the U.S. Department of the Interior, 
Bureau of Indian Affairs and Minnesota Indian Affairs Council also have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a 
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced 
between the Native American human remains and the White Earth Band of 
the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact James L. 
(Jim) Jones Jr., Cultural Resource Director, Minnesota Indian Affairs 
Council, 1819 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601, telephone (218) 755-
3825, before November 28, 2008. Repatriation of the human remains to 
the White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota may 
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council is responsible for notifying 
the White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota that 
this notice has been published.

    Dated: September 30, 2008
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-25792 Filed 10-27-08; 8:45 am]

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