[Federal Register: November 13, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 219)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver,
CO

AGENCY: National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the University of Denver
Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver, CO. This
notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these 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 University
of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology
professional staff and a contract physical anthropologist, in
consultation with representatives of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of
Texas; Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Cherokee Nation,
Oklahoma; Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma;
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; Jena Band of
Choctaw Indians, Louisiana; Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Mississippi
Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi; Muscogee (Creek) Nation,
Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; Quapaw Tribe of
Indians, Oklahoma; Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Oklahoma; and the United
Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma.
    At an unknown date, an unknown person removed human remains
representing two individuals from the Hales' Point Mound, Lauderdale
County, TN. At a later date in the 1950's or 1960's the remains and
their associated funerary objects were purchased from Tilton Indian
Relics by Mr. Fallis F. Rees, who donated the remains and funerary
objects to the University of Denver Department of Anthropology and
Museum of Anthropology in 1967. No known individuals were identified.
The eight associated funerary objects are one mortuary jar, two water
bottles, one of which is Bell Plain, one elbow pipe, three unidentified
clay objects with indentations, and one double jar with red slip and
shell temper.
    The Hales' Point site has been identified archeologically as a
Walls phase site. The Walls phase is a Late Mississippian (A.D. 1200-
1540) and Early Historic Period (A.D. 1540-1700) cultural unit in the
central Mississippi Valley of southwestern Tennessee and eastern
Arkansas. The funerary objects support a late precontact date for the
remains. At the time that Europeans first visited the region around
Hales' Point, in the mid-16th century, both the Quapaw and the
Chickasaw lived in the central Mississippi Valley. During
consultations, representatives of both the Quapaw Tribe of Indians,
Oklahoma, and the Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma, presented evidence from
oral tradition, ethnohistory, archeology, and material culture,
specifically continuities in ceramic traditions, to demonstrate their
cultural affiliation to the Hales' Point site.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of two
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology also have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the eight objects
listed above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near
individual human remains at the time of death or later as part of the
death rite or ceremony. Also, officials of the University of Denver
Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology have determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared
group identity that can be reasonably traced between these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects and the
Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma, and the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Alabama-Coushatta
Tribes of Texas; Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Cherokee
Nation, Oklahoma; Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Choctaw Nation of
Oklahoma; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; Jena Band
of Choctaw Indians, Louisiana; Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma;
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi; Muscogee (Creek)
Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; Quapaw Tribe
of Indians, Oklahoma; Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Oklahoma; and the
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma. Representatives
of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally
affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary objects
should contact Jan I. Bernstein, Collections Manager and NAGPRA
Coordinator at the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology, 2000
Asbury, Sturm Hall S-146, Denver, CO 80208-2406, email jbernste@du.edu,
telephone (303) 871-2543, before December 13, 2000. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Chickasaw Nation,
Oklahoma, and the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma, may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: October 31, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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