[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 74 (Thursday, April 17, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Page 21795]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2014-08816]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-15178; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Texas A&M University, College 
Station, TX

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Texas A&M University has completed an inventory of human 
remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native 
Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural 
affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian tribes or 
Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of 
any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this 
notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains 
should submit a written request to Texas A&M University. If no 
additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human 
remains to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian 
organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a 
written request with information in support of the request to Texas A&M 
University at the address in this notice by May 19, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Suzanne L. Eckert, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M 
University, College Station, TX 77843-4352, telephone (979) 845-5242.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 under 
the control of Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. The human 
remains were removed from Live Oak and Williamson Counties, TX.
    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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Texas A&M 
University (TAMU) professional staff in 1995. In 2010, representatives 
of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma and the Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of 
Oklahoma were invited to consult with TAMU for the purpose of 
determining the place and manner of the repatriation. The Kickapoo 
Tribe of Oklahoma contacted TAMU with an interest in having these 
remains repatriated; no representatives from the Tonkawa Tribe of 
Indians of Oklahoma contacted TAMU in response to this invitation.

History and Description of the Remains

    Sometime prior to 1995, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from private land in Williamson County, TX. The 
human remains were determined to one adult male (TAMU-NAGPRA 58). 
Analysis of the human remains by physical anthropologists indicates 
that this individual is of Native American origins. No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    Sometime prior to 1995, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from private land in Live Oak County, TX. The 
human remains were determined to one adult female (TAMU-NAGPRA 64), and 
the archeologists at the time indicated that this individual dated to 
the ``prehistoric period.'' Analysis of the human remains by physical 
anthropologists indicates that this individual is of Native American 
origins. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    Based on geographic location, TAMU staff found it reasonable to 
trace a shared identity from the sites listed in this notice to the 
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma and the Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of 
Oklahoma.

Determinations Made by Texas A&M University

    Officials of Texas A&M University have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 2 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     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 Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma and the 
Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a 
written request with information in support of the request to Dr. 
Suzanne L. Eckert, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 
College Station, TX 77843-4352, telephone (979) 845-5242, by May 19, 
2014. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, 
transfer of control of the human remains to the Kickapoo Tribe of 
Oklahoma and the Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma may proceed.
    Texas A&M University is responsible for notifying the Kickapoo 
Tribe of Oklahoma and the Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma that 
this notice has been published.

    Dated: March 4, 2014.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2014-08816 Filed 4-16-14; 8:45 am]
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