[Federal Register: March 26, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 58)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, in the
Possession of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

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 State Historical Society of
Wisconsin (Museum Division), Madison, WI.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by State
Historical Society of Wisconsin professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Iowa Tribe of Kansas,
Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma, Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, and
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
    During 1989-1991, human remains representing 46 individuals were
recovered from the Gunderson Clinic site (47-Lc-0394) by field crews of
the Mississippi Valley Archeological Center during parking lot
expansion of the Gunderson Clinic, LaCrosse, WI. No known individuals
were identified. The 38 associated funerary objects include ceramics,
sherds, projectile point, scrapers, and flakes, shell, copper
fragments, mammal bone, and wood fragments.
    Based on ceramic typology, the Gunderson Clinic site has been
identified as an Oneota occupation dating between 1300-1650 A.D. The
Oneota tradition in western Wisconsin has generally been documented by
native oral traditions, European explorers' accounts, historians, and
anthropologists as ancestral to the present-day Iowa Tribes of Oklahoma
and Kansas, the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, and the Winnebago Tribe
of Nebraska.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the State
Historical Society of Wisconsin have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of 46 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
State Historical Society of Wisconsin have also determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 38 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 State Historical Society of
Wisconsin 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 Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Ho-Chunk Nation of
Wisconsin.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Iowa Tribe of
Oklahoma, Iowa Tribe of Kansas, Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma, Ho-
Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, and Winnebago 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 David Wooley, Curator of Anthropology, State
Historical Society of Wisconsin, 816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706-
1488; telephone: (608) 264-6574, before April 26, 1999. Repatriation of
the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Iowa Tribe of
Oklahoma and the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin may begin after

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that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: March 18, 1999.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-7502 Filed 3-25-99; 8:45 am]
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