FR Doc E8-18695[Federal Register: August 13, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 157)]
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National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Hastings Museum of Natural and 
Cultural History, Hastings, NE

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
    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 
Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History (Hastings Museum), 
Hastings, NE. The human remains were removed from Calico Rock, Izard 
County, AR.
    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 in 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 in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Hastings 
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Osage Nation, Oklahoma (formerly the Osage Tribe).
    On an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of two 
individuals were removed from Calico Rock in Izard County, AR. No 
additional site information is available. The human remains were 
purchased by the Hastings Museum from H.L. Talbert and accessioned into 
the collection in 1941 (20276, 20277). No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Information provided from the Arkansas Archeological Survey 
indicates that there are two known sites in Izard County by the name of 
Calico Rock. One site is an archaic site while the other is 
undetermined. Neither site yielded human remains, but the sites were 
identified after the human remains were donated to the Hastings Museum. 
However, the history of the town named Calico Rock, also located in 
Izard County, stated that a flood in 1927 unearthed an American Indian 
burial ground near the town site. It is likely that the human remains 
in the Hastings Museum collection are not from the known sites, but 
rather from the area of the town of Calico Rock. The human remains have 
been determined to be those of Native American descent. In addition, a 
morphological report provided on the human remains determined that the 
dental attrition was not consistent with an individual from the archaic 
time period making the likelihood of them coming from the area of the 
town more likely.
    The Osage were seminomadic people who lived and hunted in 
Southwestern Missouri, northwestern Arkansas, southeast Kansas, and 
northeast Oklahoma. Izard County is located in Osage treaty land, which 
was determined in 1825.
    Officials of the Hastings Museum have determined that, pursuant to 
25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above represent the 
physical remains of two individuals of Native American ancestry. 
Officials of the Hastings Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that 
can be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and 
the Osage Nation, Oklahoma.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Teresa 
Kreutzer-Hodson, Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History, PO 
Box 1286, Hastings, NE 68902, telephone (402) 461-2399, before 
September 12, 2008. Repatriation of the human remains to the Osage 
Nation, Oklahoma may proceed after that date if no additional claimants 
come forward.
    The Hastings Museum is responsible for notifying the Osage Nation, 
Oklahoma that this notice has been published.

    Dated: July 22, 2008
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-18695 Filed 8-12-08; 8:45 am]


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