[Federal Register: June 15, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 114)]
[Notices]
[Page 32682]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Missouri and Florida in the Possession of the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife
Service, Valley Stream, NY

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 the completion of an inventory of human remains from Missouri and
Florida in the possession of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,
Valley
Stream, NY.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by U.S. Fish
&
Wildlife professional staff in consultation with representatives of
Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
    On March 16, 1998, Mr. William Stevens, owner of the Evolution:
Natural History in New York City, pled guilty to selling Native
American human remains under 53 U.S.C. 18 Sec. 1170. Since September
16, 1997, the following Native American human remains have been in the
possession and control of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a
result of the investigation and seizures from Evolution: Natural
History and Mr. Stevens.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing two individuals were
taken from Caruthersville, MO by person(s) unknown and delivered into
Mr. William Stevens' possession under unknown circumstances. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing one individual were
taken from Pemiscot County, MO by person(s) unknown and delivered into
Mr. William Stevens' possession under unknown circumstances. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Based on cranial morphology, these human remains have been
identified as Native American. Although information obtained during the
seizure of these human remains indicates a date range of 500 A.D. to
1400 A.D., the apparent age of the remains is estimated at ``several
hundred years'' based on expert evaluation of these remains. Within the
last several hundred years, village sites within Pemiscot County,
Missouri have been occupied by bands of the Illinois Confederacy into
the protohistoric period. The present-day descendent of the Illinois
Confederacy is the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the U.S.
Fish & Wildlife Service have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of three individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the U.S.
Fish & Wildlife Service have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2
(e), there is a relationship of shared group identity which can be
reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and the
Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of seven
individuals were removed from Florida by person(s) unknown and
delivered into Mr. William Stevens' possession under unknown
circumstances. No known individuals were identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    Based on cranial morphology, these human remains have been
identified as Native American. The apparent age of the remains is
estimated at ``several hundred years'' based on expert evaluation of
these remains.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the U.S.
Fish & Wildlife Service have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of a minimum of seven individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group
identity which can be reasonably traced between these Native American
human remains and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Peoria Tribe of
Indians of Oklahoma, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the Seminole
Nation of Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
should contact Mr. Edward Grace, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 70 E.
Sunrise Highway, Suite 419, Valley Stream, NY 11581; telephone: (516)
825-3950 ext. 232, before July 15, 1998. Repatriation of the human
remains to the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma and the Seminole
Tribe of Florida may begin after that date if no additional claimants
come forward.
    The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations
within this notice.
Dated: June 9, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-15821 Filed 6-12-98; 8:45 am]
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