[Federal Register: April 13, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 70)]
[Notices]
[Page 18033-18034]
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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 South Dakota
State Archaeological Research Center, Rapid City, SD

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 South Dakota State
Archaeological Research Center, Rapid City, SD.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by South Dakota
State Archaeological Research Center (SARC) professional staff and
contract specialists in physical anthropology and archeology in
consultation with representatives of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes
of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the
Lower Brule Reservation, Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge
Reservation, Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation,
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota, Sisseton-Wahpeton
Sioux Tribe of the Lake Traverse Reservation, and Upper Sioux Indian
Community of the Upper Sioux Reservation.

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    In 1923, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from the Dougherty Mounds (39RO10) at the south end of Lake Traverse,
Roberts County, SD during excavations conducted by W.H. Over, Director
of the then-Dakota Museum, University of South Dakota-Vermillion (now
known as the W.H. Over Museum). No known individual was identified. The
12 associated funerary objects include silver earbobs, an unidentified
animal bone, cloth fragments, and elm bark fragments.
    Based on the associated funerary objects and manner of interment,
this individual has been identified as a Native American. The
associated funerary objects indicate the burial dates from the post-
1875 era. This site is within the original Sisseton-Wahpeton 1867
reservation boundaries, and Sisseton-Wahpeton band had been documented
as using this area of Lake Traverse as early as 1804-1806. The 1923
excavations at this site originally recovered 24 individuals, ten of
whom were re-interred following the conclusion of the excavations.
During the 1980s, the remaining 14 individuals were repatriated and
reburied prior to the enactment of NAGPRA. These human remains and
associated funerary objects were discovered in the SARC collections in
1993 during the NAGPRA inventory.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the South
Dakota State Archaeological Research Center have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above
represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American
ancestry. Officials of the South Dakota State Archaeological Research
Center have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the
12 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 South
Dakota State Archaeological Research Center have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group
identity which can be reasonably traced between these Native American
human remains and associated funerary objects and the Sisseton-Wahpeton
Sioux Tribe of the Lake Traverse Reservation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Assiniboine and Sioux
Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of
the Lower Brule Reservation, Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge
Reservation, Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation,
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota, Sisseton-Wahpeton
Sioux Tribe of the Lake Traverse Reservation, and Upper Sioux Indian
Community of the Upper Sioux Reservation. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact
Renee Boen, Curator, State Archaeological Center, South Dakota
Historical Society, P.O. Box 1257, Rapid City, SD 57709-1257;
telephone: (605) 394-1936, before May 13, 1998. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Sisseton-Wahpeton
Sioux Tribe of the Lake Traverse Reservation may begin after that date
if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: April 2, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-9660 Filed 4-10-98; 8:45 am]
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