[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 146 (Tuesday, July 30, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 45960-45961]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-18317]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13324; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Missouri Department of Natural 
Resources, Jefferson City, MO

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has completed an 
inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects, in 
consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian 
organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation 
between the human remains and associated funerary objects and present-
day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants 
or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization 
not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control 
of these human remains and associated funerary objects should submit a 
written request to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. If no 
additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human 
remains and associated funerary objects to the lineal descendants, 
Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice 
may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
request transfer of control of these human remains and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request with information in 
support of the request to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources 
at the address in this notice by August 29, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Judith Deel, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, P.O. 
Box 179, Jefferson City, MO 65101, telephone (573) 751-7862.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 and 
associated funerary objects under the control of the Missouri 
Department of Natural Resources, Jefferson City, MO. The human remains 
were removed from Clarksville, in Pike 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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Missouri 
Department of Natural Resources professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Sac & Fox Nation, Oklahoma; Sac & Fox of 
Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska; and the Sac & Fox Tribe of the 
Mississippi in Iowa.

History and Description of the Remains

    Between 1962 and 1996, human remains representing, at minimum, 29 
individuals were removed from the Clarksville Mound Group (site 23PI6) 
in Pike County, MO. The Clarksville Mound Group was originally recorded 
in 1952 and described as a group of six mounds. In 1962, the site was 
bulldozed in order to develop a sky-ride and tourist attraction, and 
five of the six mounds were destroyed. One accretion mound survived, 
under the sky-ride platform, and was incorporated into the commercial 
operation. Verbal and newspaper accounts report large numbers of human 
remains were removed or destroyed at the time, and some human remains 
were displayed as a part of the tourist attraction.
    In 1995 and 1996, the City of Clarksville, the owner of the site, 
contacted the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic 
Preservation Office (SHPO) for assistance after terminating the lease 
to the tourist attraction. Human remains were eroding out of the 
damaged mound, and due to the severity of the erosion problem, the SHPO 
and the City of Clarksville decided to undertake excavations to remove 
the threatened burials. The excavations were expanded as more burials 
were discovered. During the excavation, human remains representing, at 
minimum, 22 individuals were removed from the site. No known 
individuals were identified. The two associated funerary objects are 
one lot of ancalusa shell beads and one Scallorn point. In 2002, 
additional human remains representing, at minimum, four individuals 
were transferred to the SHPO by a local collector who had been on the 
site in 1962. In 2006, additional human remains representing, at 
minimum, three individuals were transferred to the SHPO by the 
University of Missouri-Columbia.
    The area of Pike County, MO, was ceded by the Sauk and Fox in a 
series of treaties with the United States between 1804 and 1816. The 
Sauk and Fox are represented by the present day Sac & Fox Nation, 
Oklahoma; Sac & Fox of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska; and the Sac & 
Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa. Cultural affiliation was 
determined based on tribal history and the historical association of 
these tribes to the counties bordering the Mississippi River, including 
Pike County, MO.

Determinations Made by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

    Officials of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 29 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the two objects 
described in this notice 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.
     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 Sac & Fox Nation, Oklahoma; Sac & Fox of 
Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska; and the Sac & Fox Tribe of the 
Mississippi in Iowa.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
request transfer of control of these human remains and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request with information in 
support of the request to Judith Deel, Missouri Department of Natural 
Resources, P.O. Box 179, Jefferson City, MO 65101, telephone (573) 751-
7862, by August 29, 2013. After that date, if no additional requestors 
have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains and 
associated funerary objects the Sac & Fox Nation, Oklahoma; Sac & Fox 
of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska; and the Sac & Fox Tribe of the 
Mississippi in Iowa may proceed.

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    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is responsible for 
notifying the Sac & Fox Nation, Oklahoma; Sac & Fox of Missouri in 
Kansas and Nebraska; and the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: June 17, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-18317 Filed 7-29-13; 8:45 am]
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