[Federal Register: April 3, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 64)]
[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 in the Possession of the Museum of
Anthropology, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO

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 Museum of Anthropology,
University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO.

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    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 University
of Missouri-Columbia professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma; and
the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma.
    Between 1939-1980, human remains representing a minimum of 14
individuals were recovered from the Utz site (site 23SA002), Saline
County, MO, during excavations conducted by the University of Missouri-
Columbia professional staff, supervised field school students, and
volunteers of the Missouri Archaeological Society. No known individuals
were identified. The 132 associated funerary objects are ceramic
sherds, glass sherds, debitage, metal fragments, 3 copper bracelets,
projectile points, a bone awl, a groundstone pipe, pieces of hematite,
a blue glass bead, a piece of quartz, and faunal remains.
    Based on oral tradition, types of associated funerary objects, and
historical documents, these individuals have been identified as Native
American. Based on radiocarbon dating, the presence of trade objects,
and historical documents, the Utz site has been identified as a village
occupation estimated to date to C.E. 1460-1712. Oral tradition,
archaeological evidence, and historical documents indicate that the Utz
site was a village of the Missouria Tribe, and these burial are
therefore reasonably believed to be culturally affiliated with the
Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of Missouri-Columbia have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of a minimum of 14 individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the University of Missouri-Columbia also have determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 132 objects 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. Lastly, officials of the University of Missouri-Columbia 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 Native American human remains and associated funerary
objects and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma. This notice
has been sent to officials of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians,
Oklahoma; and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact Dr.
Michael O'Brien, Director, Museum of Anthropology, 317 Lowry Hall,
University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211, telephone (573)
882-4421, before May 3, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary objects to the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma on behalf of
the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma may begin after that date
if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 20, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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