[Federal Register: December 17, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 242)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Nance County, NE in the Possession of the Nebraska State
Historical Society, Lincoln, NE

AGENCY: National Park Service, DOI.

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains from Nance County,
NE in the possession of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln,
NE.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Nebraska
State Historical Society professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of
Minnesota (Prior Lake), Lower Sioux Indian Community of Minnesota
Mdewakanton Sioux Indians of the Lower Sioux Reservation in Minnesota,
Upper Sioux Indian Community of the Upper Sioux Reservation, Minnesota,
Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota Mdewakanton Sioux Indians
of the Prairie Island Reservation, Minnesota, Spirit Lake Tribe, North
Dakota (formerly known as the Devils Lake Sioux Tribe), Standing Rock
Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota, Santee Sioux Tribe of the Santee
Reservation of Nebraska, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek
reservation, South Dakota, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne
River Reservation, South Dakota, Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota,
Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, Lower
Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota, Rosebud
Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota, Sisseton-
Wahpeton Sioux Tribe of the Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota,
Flandreau Santee Tribe of South Dakota, Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine
Ridge Reservation, and Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck
Indian Reservation, Montana.
    In 1901, human remains representing one individual were loaned to
the Nebraska State Historical Society by J.R. Coffin as part of a
collection of ethnographic materials. In 1996 Mr. Coffin's heirs
relinquished legal title to all human remains in the collection. No
known individual was identified. Two earbobs are attached to these
human remains.
    The ethnographic collection containing these human remains was
placed on loan to the Nebraska State Historical Society with a specific
agreement signed by Mr. Coffin and representatives of the Nebraska
State Historical Society. The human remains are listed in the 1901 loan
agreement as ``C109, remnants of a Sioux who was cut up by the
Pawnee.'' Mr. Coffin witnessed the killing of this Sioux man at the
hands of the Pawnee which occurred sometime in the 1870s near the
present-day city of Genoa in Nance County, NE. Consultation with the
Rosebud Sioux presented the following information: Members of Spotted
Tail's band from the Whetstone Agency raided the Pawnee villages near
Genoa, NE. On October 6, 1870, one of the Sioux raiders was killed by
the Pawnee. Descendants of Spotted Tail's people are today members of
the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South
Dakota. Rosebud Tribal Officials state that no individual was
identified in the historical information available to them.
    The earbobs attached to the human remains do not appear to meet the
definition of associated funerary objects as provided in NAGPRA.
However, officials of the Nebraska State Historical Society have
determined that the objects would have been placed with the individual
at the time of his death according to the death rites and ceremonies of
his people had they been able to bury him. Therefore, the Nebraska
State Historical Society will repatriate the human remains with the
earbobs intact. Officials of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud
Indian Reservation, South Dakota have stated that it is their intention
to inter the ear and its attached ear decorations as required by their
culture's death rites and ceremonies for burial of the dead.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Nebraska
State Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remain listed above represents the physical remains
of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
Nebraska State Historical Society have also determined that, pursuant
to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group identity
which can be reasonably traced between these Native American human

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remains and associated funerary objects and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of
the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Shakopee Mdewakanton
Sioux Community of Minnesota (Prior Lake), Lower Sioux Indian Community
of Minnesota Mdewakanton Sioux Indians of the Lower Sioux Reservation
in Minnesota, Upper Sioux Indian Community of the Upper Sioux
Reservation, Minnesota, Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota
Mdewakanton Sioux Indians of the Prairie Island Reservation, Minnesota,
Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota (formerly known as the Devils Lake
Sioux Tribe), Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota,
Santee Sioux Tribe of the Santee Reservation of Nebraska, Crow Creek
Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek reservation, South Dakota, Cheyenne River
Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota, Yankton
Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge
Reservation, South Dakota, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule
Reservation, South Dakota, Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian
Reservation, South Dakota, Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe of the Lake
Traverse Reservation, South Dakota, Flandreau Santee Tribe of South
Dakota, Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota,
Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation,
Montana. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with these human remains 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 January 19, 1999. Repatriation of the human remains to the
Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: November 24, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-33446 Filed 12-16-98; 8:45 am]
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