[Federal Register: March 16, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 50)]
[Notices]
[Page 13035]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains,
Associated Funerary Objects, and Unassociated Funerary Objects in the
Possession of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Missouri-
Columbia, Columbia, MO

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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains, associated funerary
objects, and unassociated funerary objects in the possession of Museum
of Anthropology, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Museum of
Anthropology professional staff in consultation with representatives of
the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma on behalf and as authorized NAGPRA
representatives of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians.
    Between 1939-1950, human remains representing a minimum of six
individuals were recovered from the Gumbo Point site south of the
Missouri River in Van Meter State Park, Saline County, MO during
archeological excavations conducted by the Missouri Archaeological
Society. No known individuals were identified. The eleven associated
funerary objects include pieces of brass, copper, iron, hematite;
fragments of wood, cloth, glass; and soil samples from burial matrices.
    The five cultural items are a small ceramic pot, a necklace of
shell and glass beads, a necklace of small blue trade beads, cloth
fragments, and soil samples from unidentified burials.
    Based on oral tradition, types of associated funerary objects, and
historical documents, these individuals have been identified as Native
American. Based on the trade objects and historical documentation of
this site, these burials are estimated to date to the eighteenth
century, c. 1727-1777 A.D. Records indicate the five cultural items
were recovered from burials, however, the human remains with these
objects cannot be identified. Oral tradition and historical
documentation further indicate this site was a village site of the
Missouria during the eighteenth century.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of Missouri-Columbia have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of a minimum of six individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the University of Missouri-Columbia have also determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the eleven 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. Officials of the University of Missouri-Columbia have also
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2)(ii), these five
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. Lastly, officials of the University of Missouri-
Columbia have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a
relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced
between these Native American human remains, associated funerary
objects, and unassociated funerary objects and the the Otoe-Missouria
Tribe of Indians.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Iowa Tribe of
Oklahoma, the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, and the Otoe-Missouria
Tribe of Indians. Representatives of any other Indian Tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary objects should contact Dr. Michael J. O'Brien,
Director, Museum of Anthropology, 317 Lowry Hall, University of
Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211; telephone: (573) 882-4421, before April
15, 1999. Repatriation of the human remains, associated funerary
objects, and unassociated funerary objects to the Iowa Tribe of
Oklahoma on behalf and as authorized representatives of the Otoe-
Missouria Tribe of Indians may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: March 9, 1999.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-6307 Filed 3-15-99; 8:45 am]
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