FR Doc E8-11592[Federal Register: May 23, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 101)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Oregon State University 
Department of Anthropology, Corvallis, OR

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 control of Oregon 
State University Department of Anthropology, Corvallis, OR. The human 
remains were removed from mound sites in central Illinois.
    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 Oregon State 
University Department of Anthropology professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin; 
Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska; Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, 
Oklahoma; and Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
    Between 1930 and 1959, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from an unknown mound site in Illinois, by 
George Karl Neumann, a physical anthropologist working out of Indiana 
State University, Terre Haute, IN. In 1976, the Oregon State University 
Department of Anthropology acquired the Neumann Collection from Indiana 
State University. This individual is referenced in the accession 
records as N104. No known individual was identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    Dr. Neumann collected human remains from several archeological 
projects with a focus on archeological mound sites, skeletal 
characteristics of Native American races, and general human physical 
variation and skeletal morphology. The culmination of this research is 
published as "Archaeology and Race in the American Indian," in the 
1952 Yearbook of Physical Anthropology Vol. 8. The Neumann Collection 
contained numerous Native American human remains, the majority of which 
are from sites associated with Mound Builder cultures. Evidence in the 
collection records indicates that N104 is Native American and is from 
one of the mound sites excavated by Dr. Neumann.
    The human remains are determined to be Native American based on 
skeletal morphology and collection records. The Ho-Chunk Nation of 
Wisconsin, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Otoe-Missouria Tribe of 
Indians, Oklahoma, and Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska have provided both 
written and oral history of their traditional occupation of Midwest 
areas east of the Mississippi and have demonstrated land area claims in 
Illinois. The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and 
Nebraska, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, 
Oklahoma, and Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska traditionally occupied areas 
that have been demonstrated to include sites in Illinois. The tribes at 
one time constituted a single tribe with shared cultural affiliation. 
Specific published works cite the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, Iowa 
Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Otoe-Missouria 
Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma, and Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, as having 
villages in Illinois that included mound building cultural practices. 
Based on the preponderance of the evidence, including the primary body 
of Dr. Neumann's work in Illinois,

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and collection records, officials of the Oregon State University 
Department of Anthropology reasonably believe that the human remains 
are affiliated with the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, Iowa Tribe of 
Kansas and Nebraska, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Otoe-Missouria Tribe of 
Indians, Oklahoma, and Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
    Officials of the Oregon State University Department of Anthropology 
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 Oregon State 
University Department of Anthropology have also 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 Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin; Iowa Tribe of 
Kansas and Nebraska; Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma; Otoe-Missouria Tribe of 
Indians, Oklahoma; and Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
David McMurray, Oregon State University Department of Anthropology, 238 
Waldo Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331, telephone (541) 737-4515, before June 
23, 2008. Repatriation of the human remains to the Ho-Chunk Nation of 
Wisconsin, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, and Winnebago Tribe of 
Nebraska may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    Oregon State University Department of Anthropology is responsible 
for notifying the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River 
Reservation, South Dakota; Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Oklahoma; 
Delaware Nation, Oklahoma; Forest County Potawatomi Community, 
Wisconsin; Hannahville Indian Community, Michigan; Ho-Chunk Nation of 
Wisconsin; Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska; Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma; 
Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas; 
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma; Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge 
Reservation, South Dakota; Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; Prairie 
Band of Potawatomi Nation, Kansas; Sac & Fox Nation of Missouri in 
Kansas and Nebraska; Sac & Fox Nation, Oklahoma; Sac & Fox Tribe of the 
Mississippi in Iowa; and Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska that this notice 
has been published.

    Dated: March 31, 2008
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-11592 Filed 5-22-08; 8:45 am]

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