[Federal Register: November 2, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 211)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and an Associated Funerary Object in the Control of the Bay County
Historical Society, Bay City, 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 an associated
funerary object in the control of the Bay County Historical Society,
Bay City, MI.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Bay County
Historical Society professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan,
Isabella Reservation.
    In 1965 or 1966, human remains representing one individual were
removed from an area north of the Third Street bridge, Bay City, MI
during a dredging project on the west bank of the Saginaw River by a
person whose name is withheld by the institution. In 1998, the son of
the original collector, whose name is also withheld by the institution,
contacted the Bay County Historical Society for the purpose of
repatriation. No known individual was identified. The one associated
funerary object is a metal artifact, possibly a strike-a-light.
    Based on burial location, the associated funerary object, and
forensic information, this individual has been identified as Native
American from the historic period. Based on the burial location and
associated funerary object, these human remains appear to be associated
with site 20BY28, the Fletcher site which was excavated during 1967-68
and 1979 by Michigan State University. Based on site location and
material culture, site 20BY28 has been identified as an 18th century
occupation site. Historical documents indicate Saginaw Chippewa
settlements in close proximity to this cemetery area during the late
18th century.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Bay
County Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Bay
County Historical Society have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(2), the one object listed above 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. Lastly, officials
of the Bay County Historical Society 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 associated funerary object and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of
Michigan, Isabella Reservation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Saginaw Chippewa
Indian Tribe of Michigan, Isabella Reservation. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains and associated funerary object should contact
Ms. Gay McInerney, Executive Director, Bay County Historical Society,
321 Washington Avenue, Bay City, MI 38708; telephone: (517) 893-5733,
before December 2, 1999. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary object to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of
Michigan, Isabella Reservation may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
Dated: October 26, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-28626 Filed 11-1-99; 8:45 am]
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