[Federal Register: March 20, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 54)]
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[Page 15744]
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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 Milwaukee
Public Museum, Milwaukee, WI

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 Milwaukee Public Museum,
Milwaukee, WI.
    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 Milwaukee
Public Museum professional staff and contract specialists in physical
anthropology, in consultation with representatives of the Omaha Tribe
of Nebraska.
    In 1925, A. M. Brooking, founder of the Hastings Museum, Hastings
NE, removed human remains representing two individuals from a site
north of Bellevue, Sarpy County, NE. In 1928, the Hastings Museum
donated these remains to the Milwaukee Public Museum as part of a
collection. No known individuals were identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    Milwaukee Public Museum records state that the remains were removed
from an ``Omaha burial ground.'' Glass beads that were found with the
remains but were not donated to the Milwaukee Public Museum suggest
that the remains date to the 19th century.
    Based on cranial morphology and dental characteristics, these human
remains are identified as Native American. Consultation evidence
provided by representatives of the Omaha Nation indicates that the
location of the cemetery is consistent with the extent of the territory
of the Omaha in the 19th century.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
Milwaukee Public Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of two individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
Milwaukee Public Museum also 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 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 should
contact Dr. Alex Barker, Anthropology Section Head, Milwaukee Public
Museum, 800 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233, telephone (414)
278-2786, before April 19, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains to
the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: February 23, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-6843 Filed 3-19-01; 8:45 am]
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