[Federal Register: April 27, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 80)]
[Notices]
[Page 20648]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Todd County, SD in the Possession of the South Dakota State
Archaeological Research Center, Rapid City, SD

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 from Todd County, SD
in the possession of the South Dakota State Archaeological Research
Center, Rapid City, SD.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by South Dakota
State Archaeological Research Center (SARC) professional staff and
contract specialists in physical anthropology and archeology in
consultation with representatives of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana.
    In 1989, following the notification of the SARC by the landowner,
Clifford Klein, human remains representing one individual were
recovered from the eroding bank of a stock dam in Todd County (39TD52),
SD by James Haug, South Dakota State Archeologist, SARC. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects were
present.
    Based on cranial morphology and dentition, this individual has been
identified as Native American. Crainometric measurements of these human
remains indicate they are consistent with present-day Blackfeet people.
Consultation evidence including oral tradition provided by Blackfeet
Nation representatives indicate that south-central South Dakota was
part of their original territory, and they often conducted exchanges
and trade in the area. Historical documents also mention Blackfeet
travelling parties near the Black Hills with Gros Ventre (Atsina); and
associations with Arapaho and Cheyenne in places as distant as the
South Plains.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the South
Dakota State Archaeological Research Center 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 South Dakota State Archaeological Research
Center have also 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 the Blackfeet Nation of
Montana.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Blackfeet Nation of
Montana. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated
funerary objects should contact Renee Boen, Curator, South Dakota State
Archaeological Research Center, P.O. Box 1257, Rapid City, SD 57709-
1257; telephone: (605) 394-1936, before May 27, 1998. Repatriation of
the human remains to the Blackfeet Nation of Montana may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: April 21, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-11103 Filed 4-24-98; 8:45 am]
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