[Federal Register: May 3, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 86)]
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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 the Tonkawa
Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.
    In 1868, human remains representing one individual were collected
near Fort Cobb in Washita River, Caddo County, OK, by Dr. Palmer of the
Smithsonian Institution. In 1869, the remains were transferred to the
National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of
Pathology. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    A logbook entry from the Smithsonian Institution indicates that the
remains are of a female Tonkawa Indian ``massacred by Indian with
tomahawk.'' Biological evidence is consistent with the logbook entry.
The Army Medical Museum accession records also indicate that the
individual is a Tonkawa Indian.
    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 one individual 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 Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Tonkawa Tribe of
Indians of 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 Tonkawa Tribe of Indians
of 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.
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