[Federal Register: March 12, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 48)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Nebraska in the Possession of The Burke Museum, University of
Washington, Seattle, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the
possession of The Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Burke
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of the
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma.
    In 1947, human remains representing one individual were donated to
the Burke Museum by Mrs. Charles C. Moore. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects are present. According to
the accession information, these human remains were collected in 1887
by students of Miss Sare E. Ober in Palisade, Hitchcock County, NE.
    In 1964, human remains representing two individuals were donated to
the Burke Museum by Dr. G.E. Deer. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Accession
information indicates these remains were removed from Gering,
Scottsbluff County, NE by Mr. Ted B. Miller, Jr.
    Consultation evidence, including oral history and traditional data
of annual activities and uses of land areas surrounding Gering and
Palisade, Nebraska have been presented by representatives of the Ponca
Tribe of Nebraska.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Burke
Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human
remains listed above represent the physical remains of three
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Burke Museum
have 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 Native American human remains and the Ponca Tribe of
Nebraska and the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cheyenne-Arapaho
Tribe of Oklahoma, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Fort Peck Assiniboine
and Sioux Tribes, Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Pawnee
Tribe of Oklahoma, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma,
Three Affiliated Tribes, and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Representatives
of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally
affiliated with these human remains should contact Dr. James Nason,
Chair of the Repatriation Committee, Burke Museum, Box 353010,
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195; telephone: (206) 543-9680,
before April 11, 1997. Repatriation of the human remains to the Ponca
Tribe of Nebraska may begin after that date if no additional claimants
come forward.
    The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations
within this notice.

Dated: March 7, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-6182 Filed 3-11-97; 8:45 am]
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