Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Tennessee Valley Authority and the University of Tennessee McClung Museum, Knoxville, TN, 32980-32981 [2012-13452]

Download as PDF 32980 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 107 / Monday, June 4, 2012 / Notices Protests of the survey must be filed before July 5, 2012 to be considered. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Protests of the survey should be sent to the Branch of Cadastral Survey, Bureau of Land Management, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101–4669. [LLCO956000 L14200000.BJ0000] DATES: Bureau of Land Management ADDRESSES: Notice of Correction to Filing of Plats, Colorado FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marvin Montoya, Cadastral Surveyor, Branch of Cadastral Survey, Bureau of Land Management, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101–4669, telephone (406) 896–5124 or (406) 896– 5009, Marvin _Montoya@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. This survey was executed at the request of the Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Great Plains Region, Aberdeen, South Dakota, and was necessary to determine individual and tribal trust lands. The lands we surveyed are: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Fifth Principal Meridian, North Dakota T. 162 N., R. 70 W. The plat, in two sheets, representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the subdivisional lines and a portion of the subdivision of section 21, Township 162 North, Range 70 West, Fifth Principal Meridian, North Dakota, was accepted May 16, 2012. We will place a copy of the plat, in two sheets, and related field notes we described in the open files. They will be available to the public as a matter of information. If the BLM receives a protest against this survey, as shown on this plat, in two sheets, prior to the date of the official filing, we will stay the filing pending our consideration of the protest. We will not officially file this plat, in two sheets, until the day after we have accepted or dismissed all protests and they have become final, including decisions or appeals. ebenthall on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Authority: 43 U.S.C. Chap. 3. James D. Claflin, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, Division of Resources. [FR Doc. 2012–13432 Filed 6–1–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–DN–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:10 Jun 01, 2012 Jkt 226001 Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Correction, Colorado. AGENCY: On May 23, 2012, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a Notice of Filing of Plats by the Colorado State Office, Lakewood, Colorado [77 FR 30550]. The plat and field notes of the dependent resurvey and survey in Township 48 North, Range 6 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian, Colorado, accepted May 3, 2012, was incorrectly listed as Range 68 West. This Notice of Correction is intended to correct this to Range 6 West. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Randy Bloom, Chief Cadastral Surveyor for Colorado, (303) 239–3856, or by mail: Randy Bloom, Chief Cadastral Surveyor for Colorado, BLM, Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80215–7093. SUMMARY: Randy Bloom, Chief Cadastral Surveyor for Colorado. [FR Doc. 2012–13441 Filed 6–1–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JB–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–10272: 2200–1100– 665] Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Tennessee Valley Authority and the University of Tennessee McClung Museum, Knoxville, TN National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the University of Tennessee McClung Museum (McClung Museum), in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, have determined that the cultural items meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects, and repatriation to the Indian tribes identified below may occur if no additional claimants come forward. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the cultural items may contact the TVA and McClung Museum. DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a cultural affiliation with the cultural items SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 should contact the TVA at the address below by July 5, 2012. ADDRESSES: Dr. Thomas O. Maher, TVA, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D, Knoxville, TN 37902–1401, telephone (865) 632–7458. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items under the control of the TVA and in the custody of the McClung Museum that meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B). 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 cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. History and Description of the Cultural Items In the summer of 1965, 1 lot of unassociated funerary objects were removed from burial unit 8 at the Westmoreland-Barber site, 40MI11, in Marion County, TN. The WestmorelandBarber site is located at river mile 429 on the Tennessee River. Archeological excavations at Westmoreland-Barber were stimulated by the TVA’s construction of the Nickajack Dam and the impending inundation of the resulting reservoir. In August 1964, the University of Tennessee (UT) under the direction of J.B. Graham and under contract with the National Park Service (NPS), excavated sites located within the confines of the proposed Nickajack Reservoir, including site 40MI11. A second season of excavations by UT took place from June 29 to August 18, 1965, at the Westmoreland-Barber site, under a contract with the NPS. The excavation of burial units 5 through 17 took place after the TVA completed the process of purchasing the land tracts where the burial units are located. One historic burial, burial unit 8, was excavated during the second season. Although disturbed by agricultural plowing, UT archaeologists concluded at the time that the individual in the burial was laid to rest around 1775 and the remains were likely associated with the historically known 18th century Cherokee Lower Town occupation in this area. The human remains from burial unit 8 are no longer present in the McClung Museum. As these remains are no longer in the possession of the TVA E:\FR\FM\04JNN1.SGM 04JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 107 / Monday, June 4, 2012 / Notices or the McClung Museum, the funerary objects from burial unit 8 are now considered unassociated. These objects include 1 string of glass beads (approximately 329 beads), 1 string of tubular shell beads (approximately 39 beads), approximately 5 silver rings or spirals, approximately 6 silver cones or tinklers, 1 shell spoon, 40 ceramic sherds, 1 chert scraper, 5 utilized chert flakes, and 12 unutilized chert flakes. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Determinations Made by the TVA and the McClung Museum ACTION: Officials of the TVA and McClung Museum have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), 1 lot of cultural items described 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 and are believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native American individual. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the unassociated funerary objects above and the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; and the United Keetowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘The Tribes’’). Additional Requestors and Disposition Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary objects should contact Dr. Thomas O. Maher, TVA, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D, Knoxville, TN 37902– 1401, telephone (865) 632–7458, before July 5, 2012. Repatriation of the unassociated funerary objects to The Tribes may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. The TVA is responsible for notifying The Tribes that this notice has been published. Dated: May 30, 2012. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. ebenthall on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2012–13452 Filed 6–1–12; 8:45 am] 16:10 Jun 01, 2012 [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–10271; 2200–1100– 665] Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Tennessee Valley Authority and the University of Tennessee McClung Museum, Knoxville, TN National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the University of Tennessee McClung Museum (McClung Museum), in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, have determined that the cultural items meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects and repatriation to the Indian tribe identified below may occur if no additional claimants come forward. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the cultural items may contact the TVA and McClung Museum. DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a cultural affiliation with the cultural items should contact the TVA and McClung Museum at the address below by July 5, 2012. ADDRESSES: Dr. Thomas O. Maher, TVA, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D, Knoxville, TN 37902–1401, telephone (865) 632–7458. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items under the control of the TVA and in the custody of the McClung Museum that meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001. 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 cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. SUMMARY: History and Description of the Cultural Item(s) On June 21, 1937 unassociated funerary objects were removed by archeologist from the University of Tennessee’s Division of Anthropology on Hiwassee Island, site 40MG031, from burial unit 063MG001. No human remains were recovered from this burial unit. The unassociated funerary objects BILLING CODE 4310–70–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 National Park Service Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32981 are 1 lot of approximately 150 glass trade beads, which were found in this badly disturbed burial unit. The TVA and the McClung Museum do not have control or possession of any human remains from this burial unit. Since excavation, the unassociated funerary objects have been curated at the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee. Hiwassee Island is located seven miles south of the town of Dayton, TN, and is approximately 29 miles upstream of the TVA’s Chickamauga Dam. The archeologists were working under a ‘‘Permit for Archeological Exploration’’ between the landowner and the TVA, and the excavations were undertaken in connection with the TVA’s construction of Chickamauga Dam and Reservoir. Details regarding the excavations and analysis can be found in Hiwassee Island: An Archaeological Account of Four Tennessee Indian Peoples, by Thomas M.N. Lewis and Madeline Kneberg, University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN. Determinations Made by the TVA and McClung Museum Officials of the TVA and McClung Museum have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the 1 lot of cultural items described 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 and are believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native American individual. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the unassociated funerary objects above and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. Additional Requestors and Disposition Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary objects should contact Dr. Thomas O. Maher, TVA, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D, Knoxville, TN 37902– 1401, telephone (865–632–7458), before July 5, 2012. Repatriation of the unassociated funerary objects to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. The TVA is responsible for notifying the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma that this notice has been published. E:\FR\FM\04JNN1.SGM 04JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-10272: 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Tennessee Valley 
Authority and the University of Tennessee McClung Museum, Knoxville, TN

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the University of 
Tennessee McClung Museum (McClung Museum), in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribes, have determined that the cultural items meet 
the definition of unassociated funerary objects, and repatriation to 
the Indian tribes identified below may occur if no additional claimants 
come forward. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself 
to be culturally affiliated with the cultural items may contact the TVA 
and McClung Museum.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the cultural items should contact the TVA at 
the address below by July 5, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Thomas O. Maher, TVA, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 
11D, Knoxville, TN 37902-1401, telephone (865) 632-7458.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 
U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items under the 
control of the TVA and in the custody of the McClung Museum that meet 
the definition of unassociated funerary objects under 25 U.S.C. 
3001(3)(B).
    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 cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Items

    In the summer of 1965, 1 lot of unassociated funerary objects were 
removed from burial unit 8 at the Westmoreland-Barber site, 40MI11, in 
Marion County, TN. The Westmoreland-Barber site is located at river 
mile 429 on the Tennessee River. Archeological excavations at 
Westmoreland-Barber were stimulated by the TVA's construction of the 
Nickajack Dam and the impending inundation of the resulting reservoir. 
In August 1964, the University of Tennessee (UT) under the direction of 
J.B. Graham and under contract with the National Park Service (NPS), 
excavated sites located within the confines of the proposed Nickajack 
Reservoir, including site 40MI11. A second season of excavations by UT 
took place from June 29 to August 18, 1965, at the Westmoreland-Barber 
site, under a contract with the NPS. The excavation of burial units 5 
through 17 took place after the TVA completed the process of purchasing 
the land tracts where the burial units are located.
    One historic burial, burial unit 8, was excavated during the second 
season. Although disturbed by agricultural plowing, UT archaeologists 
concluded at the time that the individual in the burial was laid to 
rest around 1775 and the remains were likely associated with the 
historically known 18th century Cherokee Lower Town occupation in this 
area. The human remains from burial unit 8 are no longer present in the 
McClung Museum. As these remains are no longer in the possession of the 
TVA

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or the McClung Museum, the funerary objects from burial unit 8 are now 
considered unassociated. These objects include 1 string of glass beads 
(approximately 329 beads), 1 string of tubular shell beads 
(approximately 39 beads), approximately 5 silver rings or spirals, 
approximately 6 silver cones or tinklers, 1 shell spoon, 40 ceramic 
sherds, 1 chert scraper, 5 utilized chert flakes, and 12 unutilized 
chert flakes.

Determinations Made by the TVA and the McClung Museum

    Officials of the TVA and McClung Museum have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), 1 lot of cultural items 
described 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 and are believed, by a preponderance of the 
evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native 
American individual.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the 
unassociated funerary objects above and the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma; 
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; and the United 
Keetowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma (hereinafter referred to 
as ``The Tribes'').

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary objects should 
contact Dr. Thomas O. Maher, TVA, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D, 
Knoxville, TN 37902-1401, telephone (865) 632-7458, before July 5, 
2012. Repatriation of the unassociated funerary objects to The Tribes 
may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The TVA is responsible for notifying The Tribes that this notice 
has been published.

    Dated: May 30, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-13452 Filed 6-1-12; 8:45 am]
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