[Federal Register: January 14, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 10)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items from Nebraska in
the Possession of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, NE

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 Nebraska State Historical
Society which meet the definition of ``unassociated funerary object''
under Section 2 of the Act.
    The 71 cultural items consist of tanned hide fragments, metal
fragments, sole of shoe, glass bottle, mussel shell, fragmented metal
can or kettle, two paint pans with animal bone ``brushes,'' leather
fragments, and decorated leather.
    In 1960 and 1970, these cultural items were removed from burials at
the Genoa site (25NC20) during archaeological excavation by the
Nebraska State Historical Society. Based on oral tradition,
archeological evidence, and ethnohistorical documents, the Genoa site
has been identified as a Pawnee village dating to post-1800.
    The two cultural items consist of a rusted mass of gun parts and a
clay pipestem.
    In 1940, these cultural items were removed from burials at the
Clarks site (25PK1) during archaeological excavation by the Nebraska
State Historical Society. Based on oral tradition, archeological
evidence, and ethnohistorical documents, the Clarks site has been
identified as a Pawnee village dating to post-1800.
    Since 1995, all cultural items listed above have been located
within the collections of the Nebraska State Historical Society.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Nebraska
State Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2)(ii), these 73 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 Nebraska
State Historical Society have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group identity which can be

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reasonably traced between these cultural items and the Pawnee Indian
Tribe of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Pawnee Indian Tribe
of Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains should
contact Rob Bozell, Associate Director, Nebraska State Historical
Society, 1500 R Street, P.O. Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501-2554;
telephone: (402) 471-4789, before February 14, 2000. Repatriation of
these objects to the Pawnee Indian Tribe of Oklahoma may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: December 15, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 00-904 Filed 1-13-00; 8:45 am]
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