FR Doc 04-13928
[Federal Register: June 21, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 118)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Denver Museum of Nature & 
Science, Denver, CO

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of the 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO. The human remains were 
removed from an unknown location along the Missouri River near 
Chamberlain, SD.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The 
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations within this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Denver 
Museum of Nature & Science professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold 
Reservation, North Dakota.
    According to museum records, human remains representing a minimum 
of one female individual were removed at an unknown date from an 
unknown site probably along the Missouri River in Brule or Lyman County 
near Chamberlain, SD. The museum has no other information regarding the 
removal of the human remains. At an unknown date and by unknown means, 
the human remains arrived at the Sioux Trading Post located in 
Chamberlain, SD. In 1964, Mary W.A. Crane and Francis V. Crane obtained 
the human remains from the Sioux Trading Post. In 1983, the Cranes 
donated the human remains to the museum, which accessioned the human 
remains into the collection the same year. No known individual was 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The human remains were identified as Native American by physical 
anthropologists at the museum. A hand-written note accompanying the 
human remains identifies the human remains as Arikara from the 
Precontact period. The interment most likely dates to between A.D. 1100 
and 1820. Archeological, ethnohistoric, and ethnographic sources 
confirm the presence of Arikara people in central South Dakota near 
Chamberlain during the Prehistoric, Protohistoric, and Historic 
periods. The Arikara were the most numerous Native American group along 
the Missouri River in South Dakota from about A.D. 1100 until sometime 
after 1800 when the Arikara were driven north into present-day North 
Dakota by the Sioux. In North Dakota, the Arikara joined with the 
Hidatsa and Mandan tribes and today are known as the Three Affiliated 
Tribes of the Berthold Reservation, North Dakota.
    Officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains listed above 
represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American 
ancestry. Officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science also have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a 
relationship of shared group identy that can be reasonably traced 
between the Native American human remains and the Three Affiliated 
Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. Ella 
Maria Ray, NAGPRA Officer, Department of Anthropology, Denver Museum of 
Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80205 telephone 
(303) 370-6056, before July 21, 2004. Repatriation of the human remains 
to the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North 
Dakota may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is responsible for notifying 
the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Bethold Reservation, North 
Dakota that this notice has been published.

    Dated: May 7, 2004.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 04-13928 Filed 6-18-04; 8:45 am]

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