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Consultation between the Bureau of Reclamation and the Pawnee Tribe

Robert K. Blasing
Plains Anthropologist
Vol. 44, No. 170, MEMOIR 31: Native Americans and Historic Preservation, 1990-1993 (November 1999), pp. 13-24
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25669622
Page Count: 12
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Consultation between the Bureau of Reclamation and the Pawnee Tribe
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Abstract

Construction of the Fullerton Canal in central Nebraska affected several archaeological sites. These sites include a National Historic Landmark and some Native American burials. Both are directly associated with the Pawnee Tribe, now located in Oklahoma. Consultation began with the National Historic Landmark and four associated burials. It has now expanded to include other human remains and interpretive signs for town sites and religious sites associated with the Pawnee Tribe. Despite many unexpected complications, this case study shows the many benefits possible from consultation for both the federal agency and the Indian tribes. These include the possibility of using archaeological materials for interpreting tribal history and using resultant publicity to educate the public about respect for unmarked burials. Negative effects, such as publicizing sacred areas and drawing the attention of vandals to little known sites, must also be addressed.

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