[Federal Register: September 29, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 188)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Sarpy County, NE in the Possession of the Human Osteology
Repository, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Laramie,
WY

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 from Sarpy County,
NE in the possession of the Human Osteology Repository, Department of
Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Human
Osteology Repository professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Pawnee Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    In 1908, human remains representing two individuals were reportedly
recovered from Wallace Mound (25SY67), Sarpy County, NE by person(s)
unknown. In 1955, these human remains were donated to the Wyoming State
Museum by Mrs. J. Hughes Eddington. In 1986, these human remains were
transferred to the Human Osteology Repository. No known individuals
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on skeletal morphology and reported site location, these
individuals have been identified as Native American. Based on published
literature relating to the Wallace Mound site (25SY67), these
individuals are most likely from the Central Plains Tradition, Nebraska
Phase, c. 950-1250 A.D. Continuities of material culture and locations
strongly suggest the Nebraska Phase of the Central Plains Tradition is
ancestral to the present-day Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology Human Osteology
Repository have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of two
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the University of
Wyoming Department of Anthropology Human Osteology Repository 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 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 Rick L. Weathermon, NAGPRA Contact, University of Wyoming
Department of Anthropology Human Osteology Repository, University of
Wyoming, P.O. Box 3431, Laramie, WY 82071-3431; telephone: (307) 766-
5136, before October 29, 1999. Repatriation of the human remains to the
Pawnee Indian Tribe of Oklahoma may begin after that

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date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: September 24, 1999.

    Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-25367 Filed 9-28-99; 8:45 am]
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