[Federal Register: August 29, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 168)]
[Page 52440]
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National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items from Phillips
County, KS in the Possession of the Kansas State Historical Society,
Topeka, KS

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice


    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 from Phillips County, KS in the possession of the Kansas
State Historical Society, Topeka, KS that meet the definition of
``unassociated funerary object'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    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
cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    The 19 cultural items include 1 pottery vessel, 3 chipped stone
projectile points, 1 bone tool, 1 shell pendant, 1 shell gorget, and 12
disc shell beads.
    In 1944, these cultural items were donated to the Kansas Historical
Society by Cecil Kingery of Phillipsburg, KS. Donor information
indicates that these cultural items were recovered from ``an Indian
grave'' exposed by roadwork two miles west and a half-mile south of
Phillipsburg, Phillips County, KS.
    Recent oral history has identified this gravesite as site 14PH343,
with the disturbance of the grave occurring in 1931. Based on ceramic
analysis, site 14PH343 has been identified with the Upper Republican
Aspect of the Central Plains Tradition, approximately A.D. 1250. Based
on temporal position, geographic location, and continuities of material
culture, the Upper Republican Aspect period has been identified as
ancestral to the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Kansas
State Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2)(ii), these 19 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 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 items and the Pawnee Nation of
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Pawnee Nation of
Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these objects should contact
Randall M. Thies, Archeologist, Kansas State Historical Society, 6425
Southwest Sixth Avenue, Topeka, KS 66615-1099, telephone (785) 272-
8681, extension 267, before September 28, 2000. Repatriation of these
objects to the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma may begin after that date if
no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: August 18, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 00-21972 Filed 8-28-00; 8:45 am]

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