10/15/2013 6:03:28 PM
Old Human Remains Discovered in Custer County
On October 12 the Custer County Sheriff’s office was notified that some human remains were discovered eroding from the sidewall of a silage trench on the farm of Roger Bierman near Arnold.
The Sheriff’s office contacted the Nebraska State Historical Society and made arrangements to meet on-site to evaluate the remains on October 13.
According to Rob Bozell, Associate Director of the Nebraska State Historical Society, his initial impression was that the remains were of an archeological nature and not likely a modern forensic situation.
The Custer County Attorney’s Office authorized careful removal of the remains which was done by Bozell with the assistance of Deputy Dustin Spanel and Deputy Adam Miller with the Custer County Sheriff’s office and Eric Janssen with the Nebraska State Patrol.
According to Bozell the remains appear to be those of a middle-aged Native American male and date roughly to the period of 1750-1850 although a specific tribal determination cannot be made at this time.
The remains and associated burial items are now in the temporary custody of the Nebraska State Historical Society in order to attempt to make a more specific tribal determination.
Once the analysis is completed, the Society will coordinate with the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs and any descendant tribes to arrange repatriation in compliance with the Nebraska Unmarked Human Burial Sites and Skeletal Remains Protection Act.