[Federal Register: January 26, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 18)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the Nebraska State
Historical Society, Lincoln, NE

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 and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Nebraska State Historical
Society, Lincoln, NE.
    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 and associated funerary
objects was made by Nebraska State Historical Society professional
staff in consultation with representatives of the Cheyenne-Arapaho
Tribes of Oklahoma; the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern
Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of
the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota.
    In 1992, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from site 25DW211, Dawes County, NE, by Nebraska State Historical
Society staff archeologist Terry Steinacher at the request of the
landowner. No known individual was identified. The 636 associated
funerary objects are glass beads, leather fragments, buttons, tin can
fragments, and a comb.
    From archeological evidence and skeletal morphology, the Nebraska
State Historical Society has determined that the individual is Native
American from the 19th century. Cranial measurements of the individual,
which are consistent with known Cheyenne populations, and historical
documents and tribal traditions, which place the Cheyenne tribe in this
territory during the mid- and late 19th century, indicate that the
human remains are culturally affiliated with the Cheyenne-Arapaho
Tribes of Oklahoma and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern
Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Nebraska
State Historical Society 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
Nebraska State Historical Society also have determined that, pursuant
to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 636 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 Nebraska State Historical Society 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 associated funerary objects and the
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of
the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cheyenne-Arapaho
Tribes of Oklahoma; the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern
Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of
the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains should contact Rob Bozell, Associate Director,
Nebraska State Historical Society, 1500 R Street, P.O. Box 82554,
Lincoln, NE 68501-2554, telephone (402) 471-4789, before February 26,
2001. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects
to the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and the Northern Cheyenne
Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: January 19, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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