[Federal Register: May 3, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 86)]
[Notices]
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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 U.S.
Department of Defense, National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed
Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 U.S. Department of Defense,
National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of
Pathology (formerly the Army Medical Museum), Washington, DC.
    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 and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by National
Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
professional staff in consultation with representatives of Comanche
Indian Tribe, Oklahoma.

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    In October 1875, human remains representing three individuals were
sent to the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces
Institute of Pathology by U.S. Army Assistant Surgeon W. H. Forwood.
The individuals were killed near Fort Richardson, Jack County, TX, in
May 1875. Accession records identify them as Eath-ath Qua-ha day (Red
Bear), Tooh-Parrah Qua-ha day (Black Bear), Yan-eth-ohis Qua-ha day
(Wife of Black Bear). No associated funerary objects are present.
    Accession records from the National Museum of Health and Medicine,
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology indicate that the remains are of
Comanche Indians. Biological evidence of the injuries and sex of the
human remains is consistent with the accession records. To date,
consultation with the Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma has not
identified a lineal descendent.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the National
Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains
listed above represent the physical remains of three individuals of
Native American ancestry. Officials of the National Museum of Health
and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology also 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 the Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Comanche Indian
Tribe, Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
should contact Lenore Barbian, Ph.D., Assistant Curator, Anatomical
Collections, National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces
Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Building 54,
Washington, DC 20306-6000, telephone (202) 782-2203, before June 4,
2001. Repatriation of the human remains to the Comanche Indian Tribe,
Oklahoma may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.

    Dated: April 11, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-11135 Filed 5-2-01; 8:45 am]
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