[Federal Register: August 20, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 160)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Inventory Completion: The Public Museum, Grand Rapids,
MI

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 possession of The
Public Museum, Grand Rapids, MI. The human remains were removed from
the vicinity of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, CA.
    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 The Public
Museum's professional staff in consultation with professional staff of
the University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, and
with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez
Reservation, California.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of three
individuals were removed from the vicinity of Santa Barbara, Santa
Barbara County, CA. In June 1917, The Public Museum purchased
collections from E.H. Crane that contained these individuals. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    The human remains consist of the partial crania from two adult
individuals and a relatively complete cranium from a third individual.
Museum accession records indicate the human remains originated from the
Santa Barbara area. There were no associated funerary objects or other
records to use as a basis for dating the human remains. It is the
expert opinion of Dr. Phil Watson, Anthropologist from the University
of California at Santa Barbara, that the human remains are affiliated
with the Santa Ynez Tribe of Mission Indians, based on demonstrated
cultural continuity for this group in the Santa Barbara area for 6,000
years. Based on the expert opinion and other information supplied by
Dr. Watson, as well as tribal consultation evidence, officials of The
Public Museum reasonably believe the human remains are Native American
and culturally affiliated to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission
Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California.
    Officials of The Public Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25
U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above represent the
physical remains of three individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of The Public Museum have also 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 Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez
Reservation, California.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Marilyn
Merdzinski, Director of Collections and Preservation, The Public
Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW., Grand Rapids, MI 49504, telephone (616) 456-
3521, before September 21, 2009. Repatriation of the human remains to
the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez
Reservation, California may proceed after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
    The Public Museum is responsible for notifying the Santa Ynez Band
of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: July 9, 2009.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-19979 Filed 8-19-09; 8:45 am]

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