[Federal Register: May 14, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 93)]
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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, 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 Kansas State Historical
Society, Topeka, KS.
    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 Kansas State
Historical Society professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.
    In 1975, human remains representing four individuals were donated
to the Kansas State Historical Society by Jerry Bobey who reportedly
excavated these human remains from a low rock-filled earthen mound at
the Bobey site, 14RP325, on a bluff above Salt Creek in Republic
County, KS. No known individuals were identified. The 68 associated
funerary objects are pottery shards, a pipebowl section, chipped stone
tools and debris, and 12 pieces of limestone.
    Based on osteological analysis, the reported archeological context,
and the associated funerary objects, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on geographic location and
material culture, particularly pottery characteristics, the Bobey site
has been identified as a manifestation of the Central Plains Tradition
(C.E. 900-1400). Based on temporal position and continuities of
material culture, the Central Plains Tradition has been identified as
ancestral to the present-day Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.
    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 four individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
the Kansas State Historical Society also have determined that, pursuant
to 43 CFR 10.2(d)(2), the 68 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 that can be reasonably traced between these
Native American human remains and associated funerary objects and the
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. This notice has been sent to officials of
the Pawnee Nation 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 Randall M.
Thies, Archaeologist, Kansas State Historical Society, 6425 Southwest
Sixth Avenue, Topeka, KS 66615-1099, telephone (785) 272-8681,
extension 267, before June 13, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains
and associated funerary objects to the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: April 20, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-12018 Filed 5-11-01; 8:45 am]
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