[Federal Register: July 18, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 138)]
[Notices]
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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 Saline County, MO in the
Possession of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Missouri-
Columbia, Columbia, MO

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 from Saline County, MO in the possession of the Museum
of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri-
Columbia, Columbia, MO. This notice is published as part of the
National Park Service's administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA,
43 CFR 10.2 (c). The determinations within this notice are the sole
responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has
control of these Native American human remains and associated funerary
objects. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University
of Missouri-Columbia professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma; and
the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma.
    Between 1939-1980, human remains representing a minimum of 114
individuals were recovered from site 23SA002 (Utz site), Saline County,
MO during excavations conducted by University of Missouri-Columbia
professional staff, supervised field school students, and volunteers of
the Missouri Archaeological Society. No known individuals were
identified. The 22 associated funerary objects include ceramic sherds,
canine bones, limestone fragments, debitage, metal fragments, a shell
gorget, burial soil, a biface, a terrapin carapace, faunal remains, a
piece of daub, worked antler, and worked shell.
    Based on oral tradition, types of associated funerary objects, and
historical documents, these individuals have been determined to be
Native American. Based on radiocarbon dating, presence of trade
objects, and historical documents, the Utz site has been identified as
a village occupation estimating to date to approximately A.D. 1460-
1712. Oral tradition, archeological evidence, and historical documents
indicate the Utz site was a village of the Missouria Tribe and the
burials are reasonably believed to be culturally affiliated with the
Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of Missouri-Columbia have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of a minimum of 114 individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the University of Missouri-Columbia also have determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 22 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 University of Missouri-Columbia have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship
of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between these
Native American human remains and associated funerary objects and the
Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma. 
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe
of Indians, Oklahoma; and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Representatives of
any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact
Dr. Michael J. O'Brien, Director, Museum of Anthropology, 317 Lowry
Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, telephone (573)
882-4421, before August 17, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary objects to the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma on behalf of
the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma may begin after that date
if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: June 22, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 00-18137 Filed 7-17-00; 8:45 am]
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