FR Doc 05-3322
[Federal Register: February 22, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 34)]
[Notices]               
[Page 8633-8634]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Missouri Department of Natural 
Resources

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 
Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Jefferson City, MO. The human 
remains were removed from archeological site 23CK116, the Illiniwek 
Village State Historic Site, Clark County, MO.
    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 in 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 in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Missouri 
Department of Natural Resources professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.
    In 1998, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from 23CK116, the Illiniwek Village State Historic Site, 
in Clark County, MO (burial case 95-006). The human remains were 
recovered by Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks 
archeologists in 1998 from an actively eroding farm road crossing the 
Illiniwek Village site. The human remains were transported to Jefferson 
City and have been kept in curation in a state-owned facility. No 
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    The human remains have been identified as Illinois based on the 
information in the 1673 Mississippi river journals of Marquette and 
Joliet, describing a village on the Des Moines River known as 
``Peoria'' with approximately 8,000 inhabitants, and on the recovery of 
historic artifacts and trade goods. The human remains are very gracile, 
as is typical of the Illinois.
    Officials of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources 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 Missouri 
Department of Natural Resources 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 Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.

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    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Judith 
Deel, Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation 
Office, 101 East High Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101, telephone (573) 
751-7862, before March 24, 2005. Repatriation of the human remains 
to the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma may proceed after that date 
if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is responsible for 
notifying the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma that this notice has 
been published.

Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 05-3322 Filed 2-18-05; 8:45 am]

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