[Federal Register: March 2, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 40)]
[Notices]
[Page 10162-10163]
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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 Kansas State
Historical Society, Topeka, KS

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 associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Kansas State Historical
Society, Topeka, KS.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Kansas State
Historical Society professional staff and a forensic osteologist in
consultation with representatives of the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri
in Kansas and Nebraska; the Sac and Fox Nation, Oklahoma, and the Sac
and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa.
    In 1968, human remains representing three individuals were
recovered from site 14DP26, Doniphan County, KS during excavations
conducted by members of the Great Plains Archeological Field School
sponsored by the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and
Wichita State University. No known individuals were identified. The 103
associated funerary objects include a brass bell, a gun barrel and
pistol ramrod, a pocket knife, a strike-a-light, part of a metal
tankard, shell and glass beads, glass, shell, textile and metal
fragments, pieces of flint, and pottery sherds.
    Based on the types and style of the associated funerary objects,
these burials are estimated to date to between 1840 to 1860 A.D. Based
on manner of interment and burial location, these individuals have been
identified as Native American, specifically of Sac and Fox affiliation.
Consultation with representatives of the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri
in Kansas and Nebraska; the Sac and Fox Nation, Oklahoma, and the Sac
and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa confirmed this information.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Kansas
State Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of at least three individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
the Kansas State Historical Society have also determined that, pursuant
to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 103 objects 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 Kansas State 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 objects and the
Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska; the Sac and Fox
Nation, Oklahoma, and the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Sac and Fox Nation of
Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska; the Sac and Fox Nation, Oklahoma, and
the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa. Representatives of
any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact
Randall Thies, Archeologist, Kansas State Historical Society, 6425 SW
Sixth Avenue, Topeka, KS 66606-1099; telephone: (913) 272-8681, ext.
267, before April 1, 1999. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary objects to the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in
Kansas and Nebraska; the Sac and Fox Nation, Oklahoma, and the Sac and
Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa may begin after

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that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: February 24, 1999.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-5097 Filed 3-1-99; 8:45 am]
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