[Federal Register: October 27, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 209)]
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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 Possession of the University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver,
CO

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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the University of Denver
Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver, CO.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University
of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology
professional staff and a contract physical anthropologist, in
consultation with representatives of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of
Texas; Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Cherokee Nation,
Oklahoma; Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma;
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; Jena Band of
Choctaw Indians, Louisiana; Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Mississippi
Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi; Muscogee (Creek) Nation,
Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; Thlopthlocco Tribal
Town, Oklahoma; and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of
Oklahoma.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing two individuals were
removed from ancient mounds in Alabama. At an unknown date between the
1920's and the 1950's, the two sets of remains were acquired by the
University of Denver Museum of Anthropology. One set of remains is
listed as coming from ``Alabama Mound 1,'' and the other set of remains
is listed as coming from ``Alabama Mound 2.'' Mounds generally were
constructed by ancient Native Americans in Alabama beginning circa 100
B.C. and continuing to circa A.D. 1600. After that date, individual
Native Americans may have been buried in old mounds throughout the 19th
century. There is no other information on the provenience, age, or
cultural context of the remains, or the circumstances under which these
remains were recovered. No known individuals were identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    Alabama has been identified as the ancestral land of the Alabama-
Coushatta Tribes of Texas; Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma;
Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma; Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Choctaw Nation
of Oklahoma; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; Jena
Band of Choctaw Indians, Louisiana; Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma;
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi; Muscogee (Creek)
Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; Thlopthlocco
Tribal Town, Oklahoma; and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
Indians of Oklahoma. This association is supported by oral historical,
archaeological, ethnological, historical, and geographical evidence.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR

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10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of two individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
the University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e),
there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably
traced between these Native American human remains and the Alabama-
Coushatta Tribes of Texas; Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma;
Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma; Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Choctaw Nation
of Oklahoma; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; Jena
Band of Choctaw Indians, Louisiana; Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma;
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi; Muscogee (Creek)
Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; Thlopthlocco
Tribal Town, Oklahoma; and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
Indians of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Alabama-Coushatta
Tribes of Texas; Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Cherokee
Nation, Oklahoma; Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Choctaw Nation of
Oklahoma; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; Jena Band
of Choctaw Indians, Louisiana; Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma;
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi; Muscogee (Creek)
Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; Thlopthlocco
Tribal Town, Oklahoma; and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
Indians of Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
should contact Jan I. Bernstein, Collections Manager and NAGPRA
Coordinator at the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology, 2000
Asbury, Sturm Hall S-146, Denver, CO 80208-2406, email jbernste@du.edu,
telephone (303) 871-2543, before November 27, 2000. Repatriation of the
human remains to the Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas; Alabama-
Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma; Chickasaw
Nation, Oklahoma; Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Eastern Band of Cherokee
Indians of North Carolina; Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, Louisiana;
Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians,
Mississippi; Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek
Indians of Alabama; Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Oklahoma; and the United
Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma may begin after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: October 17, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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