[Federal Register: November 18, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 222)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and an Associated Funerary Object From Park County, MT in the
Possession of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY

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 and an
associated funerary object in the possession of the Buffalo Bill
Historical Center, Cody, WY.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Buffalo Bill
Historical Center professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Crow Tribe of Montana.
    In 1974, human remains representing one individual were removed
from the Fricker Ranch by Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel
following notification by the Park County Coroner that human remains
had been discovered. In 1974, these human remains were donated to
Buffalo Bill Historical Center by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gardner of the
Fricker Ranch. No known individuals were identified. The associated
funerary object is a nickel pendant with a date of 1835.
    Based on posterior cradle deformation, shovel incisors, and dental
wear patterns, this individual has been identified as Native American,
specifically from the Northern Plains. Based on the date of the
pendant, this burial is estimated to date to circa the mid-nineteenth
century. Historical documents indicate that Park County was well within
the Crow territory of the nineteenth century.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Buffalo
Bill Historical Center have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
Buffalo Bill Historical Center have also determined that, pursuant to
25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the one object listed above is 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 Buffalo Bill Historical Center 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 associated funerary object and the Crow
Tribe of Montana.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Crow Tribe of
Montana, the Blackfoot Tribe of the Blackfoot Indian Reservation, and
the Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation. Representatives of
any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact
Emma I. Hansen, Curator, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 720 Sheridan
Avenue, Cody, WY 82414; telephone: (307) 587-4771, before December 18,
1997. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects
to the Crow Tribe of Montana may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: November 5, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Manager, Archeology and
Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-30231 Filed 11-17-97; 8:45 am]
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