FR Doc 03-29778
[Federal Register: December 1, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 230)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Nebraska State 
Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

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 the 
University of Nebraska State Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 
Lincoln NE. The human remains were removed from Sand Creek, Kiowa 
County, CO.
    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 University 
of Nebraska State Museum professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Northern 
Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, and Arapaho Tribe 
of the Wind River Reservation.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from the area of Sand Creek, Kiowa County, CO. 
In 1927, a fragment of a human cranium was donated to the University of 
Nebraska State Museum by Mrs. J.B. Wright of Lincoln, NE. A label on 
the cranium fragment states ``part of Indian's skull killed in fight 
with Col. Shivington [sic] at Sand Creek Col in 1868.'' No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Consultation with representatives of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of 
Oklahoma, Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, 
and Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation indicates that persons 
affiliated with these tribes were slain at Sand Creek, CO, on November 
29, 1864, when Col. John Chivington led a regiment of the Colorado 
Volunteers in an attack on the Sand Creek Indian Reservation. Based on 
geographic and historical information provided by tribal 
representatives during consultation and the information on the label 
associated with the remains, officials of the University of Nebraska 
State Museum have determined that the human remains are those of a 
Native American killed in the Sand Creek Massacre at Sand Creek, CO, in 
1864.
    Officials of the University of Nebraska 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 University of Nebraska 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, Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern 
Cheyenne Reservation, and Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with these human remains should contact 
Priscilla Grew, NAGPRA Coordinator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 301 
Bessey Hall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0381, telephone (402) 472-7854, before 
December 31, 2003. Repatriation of the human remains to the Cheyenne-
Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern 
Cheyenne Reservation, and Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation 
may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is responsible for notifying the 
Cheyenne-

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Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern 
Cheyenne Reservation, and Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: September 17, 2003.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 03-29778 Filed 11-28-03; 8:45 am]

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