[Federal Register: July 9, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 131)]
[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, Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District,
Vicksburg, MS

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 completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of the
U.S. Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg
District, Vicksburg, MS.
    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 professional
staff of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian
Institution, Washington, D.C., and Coastal Environments, Inc., Baton
Rouge, LA, under contract to the Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg
District, in consultation with representatives of the Caddo Indian
Tribe of Oklahoma.
    In 1977, human remains representing a minimum of eight individuals
were removed from the Hanna site (16RR4), Red River Parish, LA, by New
World Research, Inc., prior to construction of the Red River Waterway
project. In 1982, control of the collections that resulted from these
excavations during the Red River Waterway project was transferred from
the Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District to the Vicksburg
District. No known individuals were identified. No funerary objects are
present.
    Based on radiocarbon dates, these burials are dated to A.D. 1000-
1300. Archeological and geographic evidence indicate that during this
time period, the Hanna site was occupied by the Caddo people, who are
represented today by the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Army
Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District have determined that, pursuant
to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of eight individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Army Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District 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 Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Caddo Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma; Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma;
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana; Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, Louisiana;
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi; Quapaw Tribe of
Indians, Oklahoma; and Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains should contact Mr. James
Wojtala, Environmental Analysis Section, Environmental and Economic
Analysis Branch, Planning, Programs, and Project Management Division,
Vicksburg District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 4155 Clay Street,
Vicksburg, MS 39183-3435, telephone (601) 631-5428, before August 8,
2002. Repatriation of the human remains to the Caddo Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma may begin after that

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date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: May 1, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-17087 Filed 7-8-02; 8:45 am]
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