[Federal Register: April 12, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 71)]
[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 Mabee-Gerrer
Museum of Art, Shawnee, 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 Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art,
Shawnee, OK.
    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 Mabee-Gerrer
Museum of Art professional staff in consultation with representatives
of the Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing one individual were
recovered near Ft. Sill, OK, by Father Gerrer. These human remains have
been in the museum's collections since before 1933. No known individual
was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Museum records state ``Head of a Comanche child. Found near Fort
Sill, Oklahoma. It was found in a sort of cradle. The skin was colored
red with hematite.'' The cradle is not part of the museum's collection.
Based on museum documentation and reported manner of interment, this
individual has been identified as Native American affiliated

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with the Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Mabee-
Gerrer Museum of Art have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Mabee-
Gerrer Museum of Art 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
Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Comanche Indian
Tribe, Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
should contact Chris Owens, Collections Manager, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of
Art, 1900 West MacArthur, Shawnee, OK 74804, telephone (405) 878-5300,
before May 14, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains to the Comanche
Indian Tribe, Oklahoma may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 23, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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