[Federal Register: November 18, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 222)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the University of
Nebraska State Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 associated
funerary objects in the possession of the University of Nebraska State
Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.
    A detail assessment of the human remains was made by University of
Nebraska professional staff in consultation with representatives of the
Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.
    In 1939, human remains representing an unknown number of
individuals were removed from a historic Omaha cemetery (25 DK 2a) in
Dakota County, NE during excavations under the direction of Stanley
Bartos, Jr. No known individuals were identified. During NAGPRA
inventory activity in 1994-1995, five individuals from this site were
found in the University's collections.
    In 1940, human remains representing an unknown number of
individuals were removed from a historic Omaha cemetery (25 DK 10) in
Dakota County, NE during excavations under the direction of John
Champe. No known individuals were identified. During NAGPRA inventory
activity in 1994-1995, three individuals from this site were found in
the University's collections.
    Prior to November 16, 1990, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and
the Omaha Tribe agreed to repatriate all individuals and associated
funerary objects then identified from these two sites. Consultations
with representatives of the Omaha Tribe during this time identified
these two sites as historic Omaha cemeteries.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of Nebraska have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of eight individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
the University of Nebraska have not determined the cultural affiliation
of these Native American human remains because, pursuant to 25 U.S.C.
3009(2), these human remains are part of an action on a repatriation
request pending on the date of enactment of NAPGRA and will therefore
be repatriated to the Omaha Tribe.
    In 1941, human remains representing two individuals were recovered
from the Maxwell site (25 DK 13) near Homer, NE during excavations
conducted by S. Bartos Jr. under the direction of John L. Champe and
Paul Cooper. No known individuals were identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    Based on the degree of preservation and skeletal morphology, these
individuals have been determined to be Native American from the
historic period. Based on the apparent age of the remains and the
location of this burial, this individual has been determined to be
affiliated with the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.
    During the 1910s, human remains representing one individual were
recovered during construction activity at 13th and I Street in Omaha,
NE by Robert Gilder who donated the human remains to the University of
Nebraska State Museum. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on the condition of the remains and copper staining on a hand
phalanx, this individual has been determined to be Native American. A
historic Omaha village site is located several miles to the south of
this burial site. Based on the apparent age of the remains and the
location of this burial, this individual has been determined to be
affiliated with the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.
    In 1940, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from Emil Entenmann's cornfield in Stanton County, NE, and acquired by
the Museum. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    Because glass beads are reported to have been associated with the
burial, these human remains have been determined to be Native American
from the historic period. During the historic period, the Omaha Tribe
occupied the immediate vicinity of this burial. Consultation with
representatives of the Omaha Tribe confirms this information that this
burial is attributable to the Omaha Tribe.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent that physical
remains of four individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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
the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Omaha Tribe of
Nebraska. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and
associated funerary objects should contact Dr. Priscilla Grew, Vice
Chancellor for Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 302 Canfield
Administration Building, Lincoln, NE 68588-0433; telephone (402) 472-
3123, before December 18, 1998. Repatriation of the human remains to
the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
    The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations
within this notice.

    Dated: November 10, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Manager, Archeology and
Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-30683 Filed 11-17-98; 8:45 am]
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