[Federal Register: May 23, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 100)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Mankato, MN in the Possession of the Public Museum of Grand
Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI

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 Mankato, MN in
the possession of the Public Museum of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Public
Museum of Grand Rapids professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Lower Sioux Indian Community of Minnesota
Mdewakanton Sioux Indians of the Lower Sioux Reservation in Minnesota;
the Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota; the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux
Community of Minnesota; and the Prairie Island Indian Community of
Minnesota Mdewakanton Sioux Indians of the Prairie Island Reservation,
Minnesota.
    Around 1915, human remains representing one individual were
obtained from G.S. Knapp of Chicago, IL by the Public Museum of Grand
Rapids by an unknown method. This individual has been identified as
Marpiya Okinajin, a Dakota man executed in 1862 following the United
States--Dakota War. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The identification of these human remains as those of Marpiya
Okinajin is based on a note found with the remains indicating it is a
piece of skin from ``Chief Cut Nose'', an alleged leader of the ``New
Ulm Massacre''. Historic documents confirm that Marpiya Okinajin was
among the 38 men executed by the U.S. government on December 26, 1862
at Mankato, MN. ``Cut Nose'' was used as the translation of Marpiya
Okinajin by Americans at the time. Further information indicates that
following his execution, this piece of Marpiya Okinajin's skin was
removed from his body by a ``Dr. Sheardown.'' There is no information
to indicate these human remains are not those of Marpiya Okinajin. No
verified lineal descendants have come forward, and a claim of cultural
affiliation has been submitted by representatives of the Lower Sioux
Indian Community of Minnesota Mdewakanton Sioux Indians of the Lower
Sioux Reservation in Minnesota.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Public
Museum of Grand Rapids 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 Public
Museum of Grand Rapids 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
Lower Sioux Indian Community of Minnesota Mdewakanton Sioux Indians of
the Lower Sioux Reservation in Minnesota; the Spirit Lake Tribe, North
Dakota; the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota; and the
Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota Mdewakanton Sioux Indians
of the Prairie Island Reservation, Minnesota.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Lower Sioux Indian
Community of Minnesota Mdewakanton Sioux Indians of the Lower Sioux
Reservation in Minnesota; the Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota; the
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota; and the Prairie
Island Indian Community of Minnesota Mdewakanton Sioux Indians of the
Prairie Island Reservation, Minnesota. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains or lineal descendants of Maripiya Okinajin should
contact Timothy J. Chester, Director, Public Museum of Grand Rapids,
272 Pearl NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504; telephone: (616) 456-3511, before
June 22, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains to the Lower Sioux
Indian Community of Minnesota Mdewakanton Sioux Indians of the Lower
Sioux Reservation in Minnesota may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: May 8, 2000.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Manager, Archeology and
Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 00-12849 Filed 5-22-00; 8:45 am]
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