[Federal Register: May 10, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 92)]
[Notices]
[Page 21486]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Minnesota in the Possession of the Minnesota Historical Society,
St. Paul, MN

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), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the
possession of the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Minnesota
Historical Society professional staff and Hamline University
osteologists in consultation with representatives of the Iowa Tribe of
Oklahoma and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska.
    In the late 19th century, human remains representing one individual
were recovered from the Kitchen Midden site near Cannon Junction, MN.
No known individuals were identified. Ceramics found in the feature
included examples of Sorg Middle Woodland phase pottery (200 B.C.--ca
300 A.D.). Silvernale phase pottery (1100 A.D.--1300 A.D.) were also
observed. The Minnesota Outline of Historic Contexts for the
Prehistoric Period tentatively suggests that the Silvernale Phase of
the Oneota culture from the vicinity of Red Wing, MN, may represent
ancestral Iowa. Geographical location of the site is consistent with
the historically documented territory of the Iowa.
    In 1979, human remains representing one individual were recovered
during legally authorized excavations as part of the Minnesota
Statewide Archaeological survey from the Yucatan Village site (21-HU-
26) a contact habitation site in the vicinity of Houston MN. No known
individuals were identified. The Yucatan Village Site is identified as
being occupied during the Orr Phase (1300 A.D. to 1800 A.D.) of the
Oneota in the State Site File. Dale R. Henning makes the statement, ``
* * *assignment of Ioway to Orr phase can be made fairly definitely.''
Geographic location of the site is consistent with the historically
documented territory of the Iowa.
    In 1980, human remains representing one individual were recovered
during legally authorized excavations as part of the Minnesota
Statewide Archaeological survey from Kandiyohi County Park #2 site (21-
KH-23) a late precontact habitation site near Willmar, MN. No known
individuals were identified. The site is listed as Woodland (ca 500
B.C.--1650 A.D.) in the State Site File. Shell-tempered pottery with a
handle fragment and a triangular stone Projectile point were also found
at site 21-KH-23, suggesting a more specific occupation of the Orr
Phase (1300 A.D.--1800 A.D.) or Ogechie Phase (1400 A.D.--1750 A.D.) of
the late Woodland in the State Site File. Dale R. Henning makes the
statement, `` * * *assignment of Ioway to Orr phase can be made fairly
definitely.'' Geographic location of the site is consistent with the
historically documented territory of the Iowa.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
Minnesota Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of three individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
the Minnesota Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 25
U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity which
can be reasonably traced between these Native American human remains
and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and
Nebraska.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Iowa Tribe of
Oklahoma and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. Representatives of
any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains should contact Marcia G. Anderson, Head of
Museum Collections/Chief Curator, Minnesota Historical Society, 345
Kellogg Boulevard West, St. Paul, MN 55102-1906, telephone (612) 296-
0150, before June 10, 1996. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary objects to the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Iowa
Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: May 7, 1996
Veletta Canouts
Acting, Departmental Consulting Archeologist
Deputy Chief, Archeology and Ethnography Program
[FR Doc. 96-11792 Filed 5-9-96; 8:45 am]
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