[Federal Register: October 2, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 191)]
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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 Iowa in the Possession of the
State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, 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 10.2
(d)(1), of the completion of an inventory of human remains and
associated funerary objects in the possession of the State Historical
Society of Iowa, Keyes Collection, Des Moines, 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
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 of Iowa professional staff in consultation
with representatives of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort
Berthold Reservation, North Dakota.
    In 1934 and 1939, human remains representing 10 Mill Creek
individuals were excavated from site 13PM1, Broken Kettle, Plymouth
County, northwestern Iowa, by Ellison Orr, under the direction of
Charles R. Keyes. No known individuals were identified. The 89
associated funerary objects include clamshells, pottery fragments, a
chert flake, and a fire-cracked rock.
    In 1939, human remains representing nine individuals were excavated
from the Kimball site, 13PM4, Plymouth County, northwestern Iowa, by
Ellison Orr, under the direction of Charles R. Keyes. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    In 1934, human remains representing six individuals were excavated
from site 13PM127, Ossuary 2, Plymouth County, northwestern Iowa, by
Ellison Orr, under the direction of Charles R. Keyes. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    The human remains and associated funerary objects included in this
notice were recovered from excavations undertaken by Charles R. Keyes
and Ellison Orr in northwestern Iowa between 1934 and 1939. They now
form part of the Charles R. Keyes Archaeological Collection. Based on
archeological and biological evidence, and similarities in material
culture, these sites and remains have been identified as belonging, or
probably belonging, to the Mill Creek cultural group that occupied this
area in the 12th and 13th centuries. The Mandan and Hidatsa peoples are
believed to be possibly culturally affiliated with the Mill Creek based
on tenuous continuities of material culture and historical documents.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the State
Historical Society of Iowa have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of 25 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
State Historical Society of Iowa also have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 89 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. Lastly,
officials of the State Historical Society of Iowa have

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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 associated funerary objects and the
Mandan and Hidatsa tribes, members of the Three Affiliated Tribes of
the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota.
    This notice has been sent to officials of 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 and associated funerary objects
should contact Jerome Thompson, State Historical Society of Iowa, New
Historical Building, 600 East Locust, Des Moines, IA 50319-0290,
telephone (515) 281-4221, before November 1, 2000. Repatriation of
these human remains and associated funerary objects to the Three
Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: September 19, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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