[Federal Register: September 12, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 177)]
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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 Field Museum
of Natural History, Chicago, IL
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.
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 Field Museum of Natural
History, Chicago, IL.
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
A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Field Museum
of Natural History professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin.
In 1891, human remains representing four individuals were collected
by F.M. Noe, a dealer in Indianapolis, IN. These human remains were
later purchased by Franz Boas, who sold them to the Field Museum of
Natural History in 1894. No known individuals were identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
According to F.M. Noe's notes, these human remains were recovered
from a gravel bank in Muncie, IN, and were identified as ``Muncie
The Munsee tribe that lived in the Lower Hudson River valley of New
York at the time of its colonization by Europeans was known as the
``Minsis''. The name is subject to many different spellings in
historical documents; the most commonly used at this time is
``Munsee''. The territory of the Munsee tribe extended from the
Catskill Mountains to the head of the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers,
bounded on the west by the Hudson. After European contact, the Munsee
were forced west, and spent a relatively short time in Indiana; it is
from the name of the tribe that the town of Muncie gets its name. The
tribe eventually settled with the Stockbridge Mohicans in Wisconsin.
The present-day tribe most closely affiliated with the Munsee is the
Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin.
Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Field
Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of four individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Field
Museum of Natural History 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 these Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects and the Stockbridge Munsee Community,
This notice has been sent to officials of the Absentee-Shawnee
Tribe of Oklahoma; Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Oklahoma; Delaware Tribe
of Indians, Oklahoma; Delaware Nation, Oklahoma; Eastern Shawnee Tribe
of Oklahoma; Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin;
Hannahaville Indian Community, Michigan; Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of
Texas; Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas;
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma; Miami Tribe of Oklahoma; Pokagon Band of
Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana; Prairie Band of Potawatomi
Nation, Kansas; Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin; and Wyandotte
Tribe of Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary objects should contact Jonathan Haas, MacArthur
Curator of North American Anthropology, Field Museum of Natural
History, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605, telephone
(312) 665-7829, before October 15, 2002. Repatriation of the human
remains and associated funerary objects to the Stockbridge Munsee
Community, Wisconsin may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: July 22, 2002.
C. Timothy McKeown,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-23135 Filed 9-11-02; 8:45 am]
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