[Federal Register: February 27, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 39)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion of Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the United States
Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, Tulsa, OK

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003(d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains and
associated funerary objects in the possession of the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, Tulsa District, Tulsa, OK.
    A detailed inventory and assessment of the human remains and
associated funerary objects has been made by Tulsa District
professional staff in consultation with the Wichita and Affiliated
Tribes, the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma, the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma,
and the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma.
    In June 1988, these human remains were exposed by shoreline erosion
at site 34ST2, Waurika Lake and were subsequently removed from the
ground by the Stephens County Sheriff's Department. In September 1988,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel removed the partial remains of
one individual from the same site. At this time, the Stephens County
Sheriff's Department turned over the human remains recovered in June to
the Army Corps of Engineers.
    The human remains from site 34ST2 consist of a minimum of three
individuals. No known individuals were identified. A total of twenty-
eight cultural items were found with the human remains, including
grinding stones, pottery fragments, stone tools, and animal bone
fragments (bison and deer).
    Site 34ST2 has been estimated to date to 500-1500 AD based on
diagnostic cultural items including pottery fragments, stone tools, and
chipped stone debris discovered adjacent to the burials. The continuity
and styles of pottery types and stone tools strongly indicate
occupation by the same cultural group throughout this period. These
pottery and tool types are consistent with styles used by the Wichita
and Affiliated Tribes during the early contact period. Oral history
evidence presented by representatives of the Wichita and Affiliated
Tribes as well as continued post-contact use and occupancy indicates
this area to be well within the traditional use and occupancy area of
the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District have determined, pursuant to 43
CFR 10 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of at least three individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have also determined
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(A) and (B), the objects listed above
are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near individual
human remains at the time of death or later as part of the death rite
or ceremony. Lastly, officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a
relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced
between the human remains and associated funerary objects and the
Wichita and Affiliated Tribes of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Wichita and
Affiliated Tribes, the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma, the Kiowa Tribe of
Oklahoma, the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, and the Caddo Tribe of
Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe which believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and
associated funerary objects should contact Mr. Robert W. Jobson, NAGPRA
Coordinator, Planning Division, USACE, Tulsa District, P.O. Box 61,
Tulsa, OK 74121-0061, phone (918) 669-7193 before March 28, 1996.

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Repatriation may begin after this date if no additional claimants come
forward.
Dated: February 21, 1996
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Chief, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 96-4319 Filed 2-26-96; 8:45 am]
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