FR Doc 03-25541
[Federal Register: October 8, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 195)]
[Notices]               
[Page 58134]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Illinois State Museum, 
Springfield, IL

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of 
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL. The human remains were removed 
from Montana.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of 
the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the 
Native American human remains. The National Park Service is not 
responsible for the determinations within this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Illinois 
State Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of 
the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe 
of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana.
    In the late 1960s, human remains representing one individual were 
removed from an unspecified site in Montana by Dr. Ronald Gordon. The 
human remains were reportedly removed from a road embankment which cut 
through a known Indian cemetery. Markings believed to have been made by 
Dr. Gordon on the frontal bone of the skull read ``Cheyenne [female] 
Montana.'' Prior to 1987, Dr. Gordon donated the human remains to the 
Dickson Mounds Museum, a branch of the Illinois State Museum. The 
accession card indicates that the remains are of a Cheyenne female. No 
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    Review of the cranial morphology indicates that the individual is 
clearly Native American. The Cheyenne Indians are represented by two 
present-day Indian tribes, the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and 
the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian 
Reservation, Montana.
    Officials of the Illinois State Museum have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above 
represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American 
ancestry. Officials of the Illinois State Museum also have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared 
group identity that can be reasonably traced between the Native 
American human remains and the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and 
the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian 
Reservation, Montana.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
Robert E. Warren, Curator of Anthropology, Illinois State Museum, 1011 
East Ash Street, Springfield, IL 62703-3535, telephone (217) 524-7903, 
before November 7, 2003. Repatriation of the human remains to the 
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of 
the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Illinois State Museum is responsible for notifying the 
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of 
the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana that this notice has 
been published.

    Dated: August 25, 2003.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 03-25541 Filed 10-7-03; 8:45 am]

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