Public Notice No. 1960


Notice of Intended Disposition

1. Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.6 (c), of the intent to transfer custody of Native American human remains and funerary objects.

A detailed assessment of the human remains and funerary objects was made by Wyoming Army National Guard (WYARNG) officials in consultation with representatives of the Blackfeet Nation, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Reservation, Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, Crow Tribe, Eastern Shoshone Tribe, Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, Gros Ventre and Assinibione Tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Community, Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Northern Arapaho Tribe, Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe, and Yankton Sioux Tribe.

2. In the spring of 2018 human remains and a funerary object were removed from Warm Springs, Platte County, Wyoming. The remains began to erode from the edge of a dry stream cut bank in Warm Springs, an area encompassed by maneuver training lands of Camp Guernsey Military Reservation in the fall of 2017. In 2017, WYARNG personnel observed human remains on the surface as well as continuing to erode from the dry stream bank. WYARNG Officials in consultation with the Northern Arapaho Tribe’s point of contact outlined in the terms of the WYARNG Human Remains Inadvertent Discovery Plan, determined both remains on the surface and those soon to erode out were in danger of damage or loss from natural weather events or military training. The WYARNG in consultation with the Northern Arapaho Tribe agreed all human remains and associated funerary objects displaced or those about to be displaced from erosion should be removed in a controlled excavation environment. The WYARNG contracted the University of Wyoming Human Remains Repository (UWHRR) to safely remove and house human remains and funerary objects.  UWHRR removed the remains of four individuals along with several prehistoric stone tools and other artifacts.

3. Officials of the Wyoming Army National Guard have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains described above represent the physical remains of four individuals of Native American ancestry.

Officials of the Wyoming Army National Guard have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d) (2), one item described above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near individual human remains at the time of death or later as part of a death rite or ceremony and are believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native American individual.

4. Lastly, officials of the WYARNG have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.6 (a) – 

The human remains and a funerary object were removed from lands that are recognized as the aboriginal land of the Northern Arapaho Tribe.

Representatives of any other Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization that wishes to claim ownership or control of the human remains and a funerary object should contact Tracy Hall, Wyoming Army National Guard, 5410 Bishop Blvd, Cheyenne, WY 82009, telephone (307) 772-5044, before January 31, 2022.  Disposition of the human remains and a funerary object to the Northern Arapaho Tribe may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

The WYARNG is responsible for notifying the Blackfeet Nation, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Reservation, Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, Crow Tribe, Eastern Shoshone Tribe, Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Community, Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Northern Arapaho Tribe, Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe, and Yankton Sioux Tribe that this notice has been published.

Public Notice No. 1960 published in the Guernsey Gazette on December 14 and 28, 2021.

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