FR Doc 04-13928
[Federal Register: June 21, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 118)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
Notice of Inventory Completion: Denver Museum of Nature &
Science, Denver, CO
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.
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
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
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.
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 04-13928 Filed 6-18-04; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-50-M
Back to the top
Back to National NAGPRA