[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 76 (Thursday, April 19, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 23506-23507]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-9474]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: The Region of Three Oaks Museum, 
Three Oaks, MI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Region of Three Oaks Museum has completed an inventory of 
human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribe, and 
has

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determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human 
remains and a present-day Indian tribe. Representatives of any Indian 
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human 
remains may contact The Region of Three Oaks Museum. Repatriation of 
the human remains to the Indian tribe stated below may occur if no 
additional claimants come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact The Region 
of Three Oaks Museum at the address below by May 21, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Judy A Jackson Vice President, The Region of Three Oaks 
Museum, P.O. Box 121, Three Oaks, MI 49128, telephone (269) 612-0107.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 inventory of human remains in the 
possession of The Region of Three Oaks Museum. The human remains were 
removed from an unknown location near the river between Menominee, MI, 
and Marinette, WI.
    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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by The Region 
of Three Oaks Museum staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.

History and Description of the Remains

    Prior to 1940, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from an unknown location near the river between 
Menominee, MI, and Marinette, WI. The human remains were found during a 
fishing excursion by the uncle of Lyle Perkins, a resident of Three 
Oaks, MI, and remained in the possession of the Perkins family until 
the remains were donated to The Region of Three Oaks Museum 
approximately eight years ago. A handwritten note from the donor's 
family states that the remains were analyzed by the Smithsonian 
Institute, but no other documentation supports this assertion. The 
human remains consist of one complete human skull, possibly female. No 
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    Due to the location of the recovery of the remains, it is believed 
the remains are Native American and are affiliated to the Menominee 
Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. Consultation with the Menominee Indian Tribe 
of Wisconsin supported this affiliation.

Determinations Made by The Region of Three Oaks Museum

    Officials of The Region of Three Oaks Museum have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), human remains described in 
this notice represent the physical remains of one individual of Native 
American ancestry.
     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 Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it to be 
culturally affiliated with human remains should contact Judy Jackson, 
Vice President, The Region of Three Oaks Museum, P.O. Box 121, Three 
Oaks, MI 49128, telephone (269) 612-0107 before May 21, 2012. 
Repatriation of the human remains to the Menominee Indian Tribe of 
Wisconsin may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Region of Three Oaks Museum is responsible for notifying the 
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: April 12, 2012.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-9474 Filed 4-18-12; 8:45 am]
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