[Federal Register: June 18, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 117)]
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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 the Interior, National Park Service, Lake Meredith
National Recreation Area, Fritch, TX

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 the
Interior, National Park Service, Lake Meredith National Recreation
Area, Fritch, TX.
    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
National Park Service unit that has control or possession of these
Native American human remains. The Assistant Director, Cultural
Resources Stewardship and Partnerships is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    A detailed assessment and inventory of the human remains and
associated funerary objects has been made by professional staff of the
National Park Service in consultation with representatives of the Caddo
Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma; Comanche Indian
Tribe, Oklahoma; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Cheyenne-Arapaho
Tribes of Oklahoma; and Wichita & Affilitated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi,
Waco & Tawakonie), Oklahoma. The Cohuiltecan Nation, a non-Federally
recognized Native American group, also was consulted.
    In 1961, human remains representing one individual were recovered
during a legally-authorized survey of State site 41P2, then under the
management of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of
Reclamation. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary
objects are present. Items found elsewhere at the site indicate that
these human remains probably were buried during the Late Prehistoric
period (A.D. 900-1700).
    In 1964, human remains representing a minimum of 22 individuals
were recovered during legally-authorized excavation by F.E. Green of
Texas Tech University at the Footprint site, then under the management
of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. No known
individuals were identified. The 83 associated funerary objects are 2
shell pendants, 68 shell beads, 3 tool fragments, 3 beveled knives, 1
triangular knife, 1 Borger cordmarked pot, 4 bone awls, and 1 fragment
of burned animal bone. The associated funerary objects indicate that
these human remains probably were buried during the Antelope Creek
Focus of the Plains Village-Panhandle Aspect (A.D. 1100-1400).
    On March 15, 1965, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, then
called Sanford National Recreation Area, came under the joint
administration of the Bureau of Reclamation and the National Park
Service. Control of the collections recovered prior to that date has
been assumed by the National Park Service.
    In 1967, human remains representing one individual were recovered
during legally-authorized excavation near the Footprint site. No known
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
These human remains are believed to date to the same time as the
Footprint site.
    In June 1969, human remains representing a minimum of four
individuals were recovered during legally-authorized excavations by the
Texas Archeological Society at the Blue Creek site. No known
individuals were identified. The 264 associated funerary objects are
253 potsherds, 3 chipped stone flakes, 1 unworked mammal bone fragment,
3 Washita type stone arrow points, 1 bison tibia digging stick, and 3
unidentified lithic specimens. The associated funerary objects indicate
that these human remains probably were buried during the Plains
Village-Panhandle Aspect (A.D. 1100-1400).
    Archeological information indicates a continuous occupation of the
Texas panhandle area from A.D. 1 through the Plains Village-Panhandle
Aspect. Wichita oral tradition links these earlier populations with the
Escanxaques, or Iscani people, a constituent band of the present-day
Wichita & Affilitated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi, Waco & Tawakonie),
Oklahoma. Kiowa oral tradition indicates Kiowa occupation of the Lake
Meredith area during prehistoric times.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, the superintendent of
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area has determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of 28 individuals of Native American ancestry. The
superintendent of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area also has
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 336 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 a
death rite or ceremony. Lastly, the superintendent of Lake Meredith
National Recreation Area has determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(e), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be
reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects and the Wichita & Affilitated Tribes
(Wichita, Keechi, Waco & Tawakonie), Oklahoma and the Kiowa Indian
Tribe of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Caddo Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma; Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma; Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma;
Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma;
and Wichita & Affilitated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi, Waco & Tawakonie),
Oklahoma. This notice has also been sent to officials of the
Cohuiltecan Nation, a non-Federally recognized Native American group.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact John C. Benjamin, Superintendent, Lake Meredith
National Recreation Area, P.O. Box 1460, 419 East Broadway, Fritch, TX
79036, telephone (806) 857-3151, before July 18, 2001. Repatriation of
the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Wichita &
Affilitated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi, Waco & Tawakonie),

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Oklahoma and the Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma may begin after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: April 5, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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