FR Doc 2010-2221[Federal Register: February 3, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 22)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Denver Museum of Nature & 
Science, Denver, CO

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 the 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO. The human remains were 
removed from 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 the Denver 
Museum of Nature & Science professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Choctaw Nation of 
Oklahoma; Osage Nation, Oklahoma; and Quapaw Tribe of Indians, 
Oklahoma.
    In 1934, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from a burial context three miles north of Marked Tree, 
Poinsett County, AR. In 1994, the human remains were found in the 
museum's collections during an inventory and then formally accessioned 
(DMNS catalogue number A1991.3). No known individual was identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on physical analysis, the human remains are determined to be 
Native American. Archeological evidence suggests that mound sites in 
Poinsett County date to the Parkin Phase of the Mississippian 
nucleation horizon (A.D. 1350-1650). Oral history evidence and 
historical documentation, supported by linguistic evidence, indicate 
that the region, including Poinsett County, has long been part of the 
traditional ancestral homelands and hunting territory of the Quapaw. 
After further tribal consultation, the remains have been determined to 
be culturally affiliated with the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma.
    Officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 2001 (9-10), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of one individual of Native 
American ancestry. Officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
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. Chip 
Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado 
Blvd., Denver, CO 80205, telephone (303) 370-6378, before March 5, 
2010. Repatriation of the human remains to the Quapaw Tribe of Indians, 
Oklahoma may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is responsible for notifying 
the Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Osage 
Nation, Oklahoma; and Quapaw Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: January 21, 2010
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-2221 Filed 2-2-10; 8:45 am]
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