[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 196 (Tuesday, October 11, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 62838-62839]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-26174]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

 National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: The University of Toledo, Toledo, 
OH

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The University of Toledo has completed an inventory of human 
remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has 
determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the remains 
and any present-day Indian tribe. Representatives of any Indian tribe 
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains 
may contact The University of Toledo, Office of General Counsel, 2801 
W. Bancroft St., Toledo, OH 43606, telephone (419) 530-8412. 
Disposition of the human remains to the Indian tribes stated below may 
occur if no additional requestors come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact The 
University of Toledo at the above-stated address by November 10, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Peter J. Papadimos, Vice President and General Counsel, The 
University of Toledo, 2801 W. Bancroft St., Toledo, OH 43606, telephone 
(419) 530-8412.

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 an inventory of human remains in the 
possession of The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. The human remains 
were removed from Gard Island, Lake Erie, Monroe County, MI.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3) and 
43 CFR 10.11(d). 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 
University of Toledo professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin; 
Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma; and the Hannahville Indian Community, 
Michigan.

History and Description of the Remains

    In the mid 1970's and early 1980's, human remains, consisting of 
bone and skull fragments and teeth, representing a minimum of forty-six 
individuals were removed from Gard Island in Lake Erie, Monroe County, 
MI in a series of archeological digs sponsored by The University's 
Department of Sociology and Anthropology. No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects were present.

Determinations Made by The University of Toledo Are That:

     Based on laboratory and field analysis, the human remains 
are determined to be Native American. The remains are attributed to the 
Western Basin tradition of early farmers who inhabited the coastline of 
Lake Erie in and around the 8th Century A.D. and who were either 
annihilated and/or assimilated by subsequent tribal groups.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), a relationship of shared 
group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and any present-day Indian tribe.
     According to final judgments of the Indian Claims 
Commission, the land from which the Native American human remains were 
removed is the aboriginal land of the Forest County Potawatomi 
Community, Wisconsin; Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma; and the Hannahville 
Indian Community, Michigan.
     Multiple lines of evidence, including treaties, Acts of 
Congress, and Executive Orders, indicate that the land from which the 
Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of 
the Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin; Ottawa Tribe of 
Oklahoma; and the Hannahville Indian Community, Michigan.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of forty-six individuals 
of Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), disposition of the human 
remains is to the twelve Federally recognized tribes in the Michigan 
Anishinaabek Cultural Preservation and Repatriation Alliance: the Bay 
Mills Indian Community, Michigan; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and 
Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Hannahville Indian Community, Michigan; 
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan; Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake 
Superior Chippewa Indians, Michigan; Little River Band of Ottawa 
Indians,

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Michigan; Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, Michigan; Match-E-
Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan; Nottawaseppi 
Huron Band of Potawatomi, Michigan; Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, 
Michigan and Indiana; Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and 
the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan (hereinafter 
referred to as ``The Tribes'').

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains or any other Indian tribe 
that believes it satisfies the criteria in 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1) should 
contact Peter J. Papadimos, Vice President and General Counsel, The 
University of Toledo, 2801 W. Bancroft St., Toledo, OH 43605; telephone 
(419) 530-8412, before November 10, 2011. Disposition of the human 
remains to The Tribes may proceed after that date if no additional 
requestors come forward.
    The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio is responsible for notifying 
The Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: October 3, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-26174 Filed 10-7-11; 8:45 am]
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