[Federal Register: November 24, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 226)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

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

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 and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Tulsa District, United States
Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa, OK.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Tulsa
District Corps professional staff in consultation with representatives
of the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    In 1967, human remains representing one individual were excavated
at site 41LR12, Pat Mayse Reservoir, Lamar County, TX during legally
authorized excavations conducted by Southern Methodist University
personel. These human remains are curated at Southern Methodist
University. No known individual was identified. The 67 associated
funerary objects include clay pipestem fragments, one pipe bowl,
projectile points, stone tools, whetstones, hammer stones, ceramics,
and ocher.
    Based on cultural material present at site 41LR12, this individual
has been determined to be Native American. Based on the associated
funerary objects and other cultural material, site 41LR12 has been
identified as a Late Prehistoric period occupation dating between 800--
1500 A.D. Based on the cultural material, geographic location, dates of
occupation, 18th and 19th century accounts of the aboriginal occupants
of the area, and consultation with representative of the Caddo Indian
Tribe, site 41LR12 has been affiliated with the Caddo Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma.
    In 1962, human remains representing a minimum of seven individuals
were excavated at site 34CH40, Hugo Lake, Choctaw County, OK during
legally authorized excavations conducted by University of Oklahoma
personnel. No known individuals were identified. The 716 associated
funerary objects include projectile points, other stone tools,
ceramics, polished bone, pieces of baked clay, stone flakes, and
hematite.
    Based on the cultural material of site 34CH40 and manner of
interments as described in site reports, these individuals have been
determined to be Native American. The cultural material also indicates
that site 34CH40 dates to 1500 B.C. to 800 A.D. Based on the cultural
material, associated funerary objects, geographic location, dates of
occupation, 18th and 19th century accounts of the aboriginal occupants
of the area, and consultation with representative of the Caddo Indian
Tribe, site 34CH40 has been affiliated with the Caddo Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma.
    In 1970, human remains representing a minimum of two individuals
were excavated at site 34CH43, Hugo Lake, Choctaw County, OK during
legally authorized excavations conducted by University of Oklahoma
personnel. No known individuals were identified. The 251 associated
funerary objects include projectile points, stone tools, ceramics, and
ground stone.
    Based on the cultural material of site 34CH43, these individuals
have been determined to be Native American. The cultural material also
indicates that site 34CH43 dates to between 1500 B.C. and 800 A.D.
Based on ceramics, stone tools, bone tools, archeological site type,
geographic location, dates of occupation, 18th and 19th century
accounts of the aboriginal occupants of the area, and consultation with
representative of the Caddo Indian Tribe, site 34CH43 has been
affiliated with the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    In 1971, human remains representing a minimum of seven individuals
were excavated at site 34CH53, Hugo Lake, Choctaw County, OK during
legal excavations performed by University of Oklahoma personnel. No
known individuals were identified. The 1,988 associated funerary
objects include projectile points, stone tools, stone flakes, animal
bone, shell, pottery sherds, baded clay, molded clay, clay beads, and
clay pipe fragments.
    Based on the cultural material of site 34CH53, these individuals
have been identified as Native American. The cultural material also
indicates that site 34CH53 dates to between 800 and 1000 A.D. Based on
the associated funerary objects, type of archeological site, geographic
location, dates of occupation, 18th and 19th century accounts of the
aboriginal occupants of the area, and consultation with representative
of the Caddo Indian Tribe, site 34CH53 has been affiliated with the
Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.

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    In 1971, human remains representing a minimum of one individual
were excavated at site 34CH89, Hugo Lake, Choctaw County, OK during
legally authorized excavations conducted by University of Oklahoma
personnel. No known individuals were identified. The 972 associated
funerary objects include projectile points, stone tools, ground stone,
and pottery sherds.
    Based on the cultural material of site 34CH89, this individual has
been determined to be Native American. The cultural material of site
34CH89 dates the site to between 1500 B.C. and 300 A.D. Based on the
ceramics, stone tools, type of archeological site, geographic location,
dates of occupation, 18th and 19th century accounts of the aboriginal
occupants of the area, and consultation with representative of the
Caddo Indian Tribe, site 34CH53 has been affiliated with the Caddo
Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    In 1969, human remains representing a minimum of 14 individuals
were excavated at site 34CH112, Hugo Lake, Choctaw County, OK during
excavations conducted by University of Oklahoma personnel. No known
individuals were identified. The 357 associated funerary objects
include whole ceramic vessels, sherds, projectile points, stone tools,
stone flakes, stone cores, and celts.
    Based on the cultural material of site 34CH112, these individuals
have been determined to be Native American. The cultural material of
site 34CH112 dates the site to between 1000 A.D. and 1300 A.D. Based on
the ceramics, stone tools, type of archeological site, geographic
location, dates of occupation, 18th and 19th century accounts of the
aboriginal occupants of the area, and consultation with representative
of the Caddo Indian Tribe, site 34CH112 has been affiliated with the
Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    In 1971, human remains representing a minimum of one individual
were excavated at site 34CH113, Hugo Lake, Choctaw County, OK during
legally authorized excavations conducted by University of Oklahoma
personnel. No known individuals were identified. The 174 associated
funerary objects include whole ceramic vessels, sherds, baked clay,
stone tools, stone flakes, animal bone, and a piece of ground stone.
    Based on the cultural material of site 34CH113, this individual has
been determined to be Native American. The cultural material of site
34CH113 dates the site to between 1000 A.D. to 1300 A.D. Based on the
ceramics, stone tools, type of archeological site, geographic location,
dates of occupation, 18th and 19th century accounts of the aboriginal
occupants of the area, and consultation with representative of the
Caddo Indian Tribe, site 34CH113 has been affiliated with the Caddo
Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District have determined that, pursuant
to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of at least 33 individuals of Native American
ancestry. Officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District
have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 4,795
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, Tulsa District 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
associated funerary objects and the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Wichita and
Affiliated Tribes, the Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, the Apache
Tribe of Oklahoma, the Comanche Indian Tribe, the Kiowa Indian Tribe of
Oklahoama, the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, the Osage Nation of Oklahoma,
and the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact Mr.
Robert W. Jobson, NAGPRA Coordinator, Planning Division, U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, P.O. Box 61, Tulsa, OK 74121-0061,
telephone (918) 669-7193, before December 24, 1998. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Caddo Indian Tribe
of Oklahoma may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.
Dated: November 17, 1998.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-31350 Filed 11-23-98; 8:45 am]
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