[Federal Register: July 23, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 141)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the University Museum, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3), of the intent to repatriate
cultural items in the possession of the University Museum, University
of Arkansas,

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Fayetteville, AR which meet the definition of ``unassociated funerary
objects'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The four cultural items consist of a small shell-tempered pottery
vessel and three animal bone tools.
    At an unknown date, these cultural items were found with a human
burial in the Kohler Mound, Alexander County, IL. In 1947, these
cultural items were acquired by the University Museum as part of the
purchase of the artifact collection of Fain White King.
    Based on the temper and character of the pottery, these cultural
items have been determined to relate to the Middle Mississippian
Culture of the Mississippi Period (800-1600 A.D.). Based on
geographical continuity, the University Museum has identified the
Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma as the likely descendant of the
Mississippian culture in that part of Illinois.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University Museum, University of Arkansas have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2)(ii), these four cultural items 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 and are believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have
been removed from a specific burial site of an Native American
individual. Officials of the University Museum, University of Arkansas
have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a
relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced
between these items and the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Peoria Tribe of
Indians of Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these objects should
contact Michael P. Hoffman, Curator of Anthropology, University Museum,
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72702; telephone: (501) 575-
3855 before August 23, 1999. Repatriation of these objects to the
Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
Dated: July 13, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-18886 Filed 7-22-99; 8:45 am]
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