[Federal Register: October 9, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 195)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, NE

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43CFR 10.10
(a)(3), of the intent to repatriate cultural items in the possession of
the Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, NE, that meet the
definition of ``unassociated funerary objects'' under Section 2 of the
Act.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these
cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    The 731 cultural items are 656 shell wampum beads and 75 glass
beads.
    In 1924, a collection containing 656 shell wampum beads and 75
glass beads labeled ``Leary Site Burials'' was donated to the Nebraska
State Historical Society. In 2000 and 2001, the cultural items were
located in the collections of the Nebraska State Historical Society,
where they had been either previously missing or mislabeled. The
cultural items derive from the Leary site (25RH1), a village and
cemetery complex that is associated with the Oneota culture on the
basis of oral tradition, archeological investigations, ethnohistory,
and physical anthropology. The present-day representatives of the
Oneota culture are the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska;

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Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma; Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma; and
Kaw Nation of Oklahoma.
    Nebraska State Historical Society conducted excavations at the
Leary village and cemetery complex in 1936 and 1965, and recovered
human remains and associated funerary objects. Thirty individuals and
301 associated funerary objects recovered by Nebraska State Historical
Society at the Leary site were reported in a Notice of Inventory
Completion published in the Federal Register on September 18, 1997, and
were repatriated to the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska; Iowa Tribe
of Oklahoma; Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma; and Kaw Nation
of Oklahoma. The museum does not have evidence that there is an
association between the 731 cultural items that are reported in this
notice and the human remains from the burials that were excavated by
the Nebraska State Historical Society in 1936 and 1965.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Nebraska
State Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2), the 731 cultural items listed above 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 and are believed,
by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from specific
burial sites of Native American individuals. Officials of the Nebraska
State Historical Society also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be
reasonably traced between these unassociated funerary objects and the
Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska; Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma; Otoe-
Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma; and Kaw Nation of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas
and Nebraska; Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma; Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians,
Oklahoma; and Kaw Nation of Oklahoma. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these 731 unassociated funerary objects should contact Rob Bozell,
Associate Director, Nebraska State Historical Society, 1500 R Street,
P.O. Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501-2554, telephone (402) 471-4789,
before November 8, 2001. Repatriation of the unassociated funerary
objects to the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska; Iowa Tribe of
Oklahoma; Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma; and Kaw Nation of
Oklahoma may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.

    Dated: August 8, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-25156 Filed 10-5-01; 8:45 am]
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