[Federal Register: February 21, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 35)]
[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 Possession of the American
Museum of Natural History, New York, 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 and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the American Museum of Natural
History, New York, NY.
    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 American
Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas; the Alabama-
Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; the Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma;
the Catawba Indian Nation; the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma; the Chickasaw
Nation, Oklahoma; the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana; the Choctaw Nation
of Oklahoma; the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana; the Eastern Band of
Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; the Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma;
the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida; the Mississippi Band of
Choctaw Indians, Mississippi; the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma;
the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; the Seminole Nation of
Oklahoma; the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Dania, Big Cypress, Brighton,
Hollywood & Tampa Reservations; the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Oklahoma;
the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana; the Tuscarora Nation of
New York; and the United

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Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma.
    In an unknown year, human remains representing a minimum of one
individual were collected by an unknown collector. Museum records
indicate that the remains were found in the vicinity of Shreveport,
possibly ``Caddo Parish?'' or ``Bossier Parish?,'' LA. The American
Museum of Natural History acquired these human remains as either a
purchase or a gift from C.C. Jones, Jr., in 1877. The museum does not
have information on how Mr. Jones, Jr., acquired these human remains.
No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    This individual has been identified as a Native American, based on
geographic, biological, and consultation evidence. Geographic,
archeological, and biological evidence further suggests that these
human remains are likely culturally affiliated with the Caddo Indian
Tribe of Oklahoma. This individual exhibits a type of artificial
cranial deformation (typically frontal and fronto-occipital) that is
seen in many documented pre-contact Caddoan sites and is associated
with the pre-contact development of Caddoan culture around A.D. 800. It
is generally accepted that Caddoan peoples introduced artifical cranial
deformation to Louisiana. Representatives of the Caddo Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma, in consultation with American Museum of Natural History
staff, included Caddo and Bossier Parishes in their aboriginal
territory.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the American
Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of a minimum of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials
of the American Museum of Natural History 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 Caddo Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Alabama-Coushatta
Tribes of Texas; the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; the Caddo
Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; the Catawba Indian Nation; the Cherokee
Nation, Oklahoma; the Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; the Chitimacha Tribe
of Louisiana; the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; the Coushatta Tribe of
Louisiana; the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; the
Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma; the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of
Florida; the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi; the
Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of
Alabama; the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; the Seminole Tribe of
Florida, Dania, Big Cypress, Brighton, Hollywood & Tampa Reservations;
the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Oklahoma; the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe
of Louisiana; the Tuscarora Nation of New York; 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 Martha Graham, Director of
Cultural Resources, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park
West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192, telephone (212) 769-5846,
before March 23, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains to the Caddo
Indian Tribe of Oklahoma may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: January 29, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources, Stewardship, and Partnerships.
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