FR Doc E6-19788
[Federal Register: November 22, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 225)]
[Notices]               
[Page 67634]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Carnegie Museum of Natural 
History, Pittsburgh, PA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of 
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA. The human remains 
were removed from a site in Poinsett County, AR.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Carnegie 
Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma.
    In 1974, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from the Cummin's Place (also known as Cumming's Place, 
site 3PO5) in Poinsett County, AR, by Emil Alam during a pedestrian 
survey of the site. Mr. Alam donated the human remains as part of a 
larger collection to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 1984. No 
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    The Cummin's Place is a Parkin phase site of the Mississippian 
nucleation horizon (A.D. 1350-1650). Oral history evidence presented by 
representatives of the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma indicates that 
the region including Poinsett County has long been included in the 
traditional ancestral homelands and hunting territory of the Quapaw. 
European documentation concerning the geographical range of the Quapaw 
people, specifically French colonial documents and maps, indicate that 
only the Quapaw had villages in eastern Arkansas circa A.D. 1673-1720. 
Descendants of the Quapaw are members of the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, 
Oklahoma. In addition, the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma have 
previously repatriated Native American human remains and associated 
funerary objects from the Cummin's Place in accordance with the Native 
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
    Officials of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of one individual of Native 
American ancestry. Officials of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History 
also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a 
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced 
between the Native American human remains and the Quapaw Tribe of 
Indians, Oklahoma.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
David R. Watters, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 5800 Baum Blvd., 
Pittsburgh, PA 15206, telephone (412) 665-2605, before December 22, 
2006. Repatriation of the human remains to the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, 
Oklahoma may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is responsible for notifying 
the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: October 23, 2006.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E6-19788 Filed 11-21-06; 8:45 am]

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