[Federal Register: April 1, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 62)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Unassociated Funerary Objects from South Dakota in the Possession
of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human

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remains and unassociated funerary objects from South Dakota in the
possession of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Kansas,
Lawrence, KS.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Museum of
Anthropology professional staff in consultation with representatives of
the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation.
    During 1950-1952, human remains representing four individuals were
recovered from the Talking Crow site (39BF3), SD, by University of
Kansas Museum of Anthropology staff during legally authorized
excavations associated with a River Basin Survey. No known individuals
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present. During
these same excavations, 23 cultural items consisting of ceramic sherds
and a bone awl were recovered from burials at the Talking Crow site
(39BF3), SD.
    The Talking Crow site has been identified as an Arikara village
occupied between 1500-1600 AD and 1725-1750 AD based on continuities of
ceramics, village arrangement, earthlodge construction, and manner of
internment consistent with traditional Arikara practice.
    During the early 1960s, human remains representing four individuals
were recovered from sites 39ST216, 39CA4 (Anton Rygh site), and 39SL4
(Sully site) during legally authorized excavations by the University of
Kansas Department of Anthropology. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Sites 39ST216, 39CA4 (Anton Rygh site), and 39SL4 (Sully site) have
been identified as early 18th century Arikara based on village
arrangement, earthlodge construction, manner of internment consistent
with traditional Arikara practice, and geographic location.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Museum
of Anthropology, University of Kansas have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of eight individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Kansas have
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(B), these 23 cultural
items 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 a specific burial site of an Native
American individual. Lastly, officials of the Museum of Anthropology,
University of Kansas have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001
(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity which can be
reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects and the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort
Berthold Reservation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Three Affiliated
Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact Mary
Adair, Museum of Anthropology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
66045; telephone: (913) 864-4245 before May 1, 1997. Repatriation of
the human remains and unassociated funerary objects to the Three
Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation may begin after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.

Dated: March 26, 1997.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Assistant Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-8214 Filed 3-31-97; 8:45 am]
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