[Federal Register: September 18, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 181)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from Lyon County, IA in the Possession
of the Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, Iowa
City, IA

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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Office of State
Archaeologist, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
    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 Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Office
of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, professional staff in
consultation with representatives of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and
Nebraska; the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma; the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of
Indians, Oklahoma; the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska; the Ponca Tribe of
Nebraska; and the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.
    In 1989, human remains representing eight individuals were
collected from the surface of site 13LO2, Blood Run National Historic
Landmark, Lyon County, IA, by Bear Creek Archaeology, Inc., during an
archeological survey. Also in 1989, human remains representing four
individuals were collected from the site by unknown local residents.
The remains subsequently were transferred to the Office of State
Archaeologist, University of Iowa. No known individuals were
identified. There are no associated funerary objects.
    Blood Run National Historic Landmark site is a large Oneota village
site located in Iowa and South Dakota, straddling the Big Sioux River
southeast of Sioux Falls, SD. Archeological evidence, including
radiocarbon dates and trade artifacts, suggests that the site was most
intensively occupied from A.D. 1500-1700. Tribal histories, supported
by French historical maps and documents, strongly suggest that the
Omaha (possibly including the Ponca at this time), Iowa, and Oto tribes
were present in this area at that time and were the probable residents
of the site.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Office
of State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above
represent the physical remains of 12 individuals of Native American
ancestry. Also, officials of the Office of State Archaeologist,
University of Iowa, 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 Native American human remains and the Iowa Tribe
of Kansas and Nebraska; the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma; the Otoe-Missouria
Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma; the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska; the Ponca
Tribe of Nebraska; and the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas
and Nebraska; the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma; the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of
Indians, Oklahoma; the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska; the Ponca Tribe of
Nebraska; and the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma. Representatives
of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally
affiliated with these human remains should contact Shirley Schermer,
Burials Program Director, Office of the State Archaeologist, 700
Clinton Street Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242,
telephone (319) 384-0740, before October 18, 2000. Repatriation of the
human remains to the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska; the Iowa Tribe
of Oklahoma; the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma; the Omaha
Tribe of Nebraska; the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska; and the Ponca Tribe of
Indians of Oklahoma may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

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    Dated: September 5, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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