[Federal Register: September 22, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 185)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from Mills County, IA in the Possession
of the Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, Iowa
City, IA

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 and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Office of State
Archaeologist, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the

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museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Office
of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, professional staff in
consultation with representatives of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and
the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North
Dakota.
    In 1984, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from site 13ML176, Mills County, IA, by the Office of State
Archaeologist, University of Iowa, during the salvage excavation of an
earthlodge. No known individuals were identified. There are no
associated funerary objects.
    This earthlodge was occupied by people of the Nebraska phase (A.D.
1050-1250) of the Central Plains tradition based on the material
culture, art style, architecture, and geographical location of the
site. Archeological evidence, especially continuities and similarities
in material culture, and Pawnee tribal history indicate that the
historic Pawnee and Arikara tribes may have their origins among the
late prehistoric Nebraska phase people of the Missouri River area of
southwestern Iowa and eastern Nebraska. The Arikara today are members
of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North
Dakota.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Office
of State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, 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. Also, officials of the Office of State Archaeologist,
University of Iowa, have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e),
there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably
traced between these Native American human remains and the Pawnee
Nation of Oklahoma and the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold
Reservation, North Dakota. This notice has been sent to officials of
the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and the Three Affiliated Tribes of the
Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains should contact Shirley Schermer, Burials Program
Director, Office of the State Archaeologist, 700 Clinton Street
Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, telephone (319) 384-
0740, before October 23, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains to the
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort
Berthold Reservation, North Dakota may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: September 5, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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