[Federal Register: October 9, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 195)]
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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 American
Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

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 American Museum of Natural
History, New York, NY.
    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 the American
Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and Northern
Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one
individual were collected by an unknown person from Ransom County, ND.
The American Museum of Natural History received these remains from a
Mr. Smith in 1959 and accessioned them as a gift in 1964. No known
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    This individual has been identified as Native American based on the
American Museum of Natural History's catalog description, which refers
to the remains as ``Probably Cheyenne.'' The remains originate from
within the postcontact territory of the Cheyenne.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the American
Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of a minimum of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials
of the American Museum of Natural History 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 Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and Northern
Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cheyenne-Arapaho
Tribes of Oklahoma and Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation, Montana. Representatives of any other Indian tribe
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains should contact Martha Graham, Director of Cultural Resources,
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street,
New York, NY 10024-5192, telephone (212) 769-5846, before November 8,
2001. Repatriation of the human remains to the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes
of Oklahoma and Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian
Reservation, Montana may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: August 15, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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