[Federal Register: July 28, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 144)]
[Notices]
[Page 40373]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items From Jackson
County, KS in the Possession of the Kansas State Historical Society,
Topeka, KS

AGENCY: National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice..

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3), of the intent to repatriate
cultural items in the possession of the Kansas State Historical Society
which meet the definition of ``unassociated funerary objects'' under
Section 2 of the Act.
    The fourteen cultural items include silver conchos, silver
pendents, a conch shell, two bead necklaces, a cowrie shell necklace, a
powder horn, two pieces of beaded cloth, two leather tobacco pouches,
and a distinctively shaped piece of limestone.
    In 1969, these items were donated to the Kansas State Historical
Society by T.W. McDonald of Carbondale, KS. Information provided by the
donor states the items were removed ``from graves approximately three
miles southwest of Mayetta, Kans.'' The cultural items most likely date
from the 1850s through the 1860s. The land that is three miles
southwest of Mayetta, KS is within the Prairie Band Potawatomi
Reservation which has been exclusively occupied by the Potawatomi since
1848.
    Officials of the Kansas State Historical Society have determined
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), these fourteen 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. Officials of the Kansas State Historical Society have also
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 items and the Citizen Band of Potawatomi and the Prairie
Band of Potawatomi Indians.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Citizen Band of
Potawatomi and the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Indians. Representatives
of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally
affiliated with these objects should contact Randy Thies, Archeologist,
Kansas State Historical Society, 6425 SW Sixth, Topeka, KS 66606-1099;
telephone (913) 272-8681 ext. 267 before August 27, 1997. Repatriation
of these objects to the Citizen Band of Potawatomi and the Prairie Band
of Potawatomi Indians may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: July 21, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-19789 Filed 7-25-97 ; 8:45 am]
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