[Federal Register: March 30, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 62)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Unassociated Funerary Objects from the Battle Point Site, Ottawa
County, MI in the Possession of the Museum of Anthropology, University
of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

AGENCY: National Park Service.

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 unassociated
funerary objects from the Battle Point site, Ottawa County, MI in the
possession of Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor, MI.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Museum of
Anthropology professional staff in consultation with representatives of
the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.
    In 1955, human remains representing 11 individuals were recovered
from the Battle Point site (20OT4), Ottawa County, MI. The 1955
excavations were conducted by Mr. George Davis and Mr. Edward Gillis of
Grand Rapids, MI following their observation that human remains were
eroding into the Grand River; and these human remains were donated to
the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology in 1962. No known
individuals were identified. The funerary objects recovered with the
human remains were not donated to the University of Michigan Museum of
Anthropology.
    In 1962, human remains representing one individual were recovered
during surface collections from the Battle Point site (20OT4), Ottawa
County, MI conducted by Richard Flanders of the University of Michigan
Museum of Anthropology. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects can be identified.
    The 18 cultural items consist of small iron fragments, a sample of
wood, one iron nail, three silver fragments, one fish bone, and
unidentified pieces of unmodified animal bone.
    In 1962, these cultural items were recovered during surface
collections conducted by Richard Flanders of the University of Michigan
Museum of Anthropology. Based on age, types of cultural material,
presence with human remains, and location at the Battle Point site,
these cultural items have been determined to be unassociated funerary
objects.
    Based on historic documents, reports of associated funerary
objects, and cultural material, the Battle Point site has been
identified as an Ottawa settlement and cemetery dating to c. 1810-1830
A.D. Additionally, consultation evidence provided by representatives of
the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians includes an Abstract of Title
for the land parcel containing the Battle Point cemetery and specific
mentions of this cemetery continue in a series of transactions.
Further, the original 1864 abstract involved a member of the Little
River Band of Ottawa.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above
represent the physical remains of a minimum of 12 individuals of Native
American ancestry. Officials of the University of Michigan Museum of
Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2)(ii),
these 18 cultural items 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 and are believed, by a preponderance
of the evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of an
Native American individual. Lastly, officials of the University of
Michigan Museum of Anthropology 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 unassociated funerary objects and the Little River Band of Ottawa
Indians.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Little River Band of
Ottawa Indians, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians,
the Little Traverse Band of Odawa Indians, and a

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non-Federally recognized Indian group, the Grand River Bands of Ottawa
Indians. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated
funerary objects should contact Karen O'Brien, Collections Manager,
Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109;
telephone: (734) 764-6299, before May 1, 2000. Repatriation of the
human remains and unassociated funerary objects to the Little River
Band of Ottawa Indians may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 22, 2000.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Manager, Archeology and
Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 00-7850 Filed 3-29-00; 8:45 am]
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