[Federal Register: May 3, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 86)]
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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 U.S.
Department of Defense, National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed
Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC

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 U.S. Department of Defense,
National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of
Pathology (formerly the Army Medical Museum), Washington, DC.
    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

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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 National
Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
professional staff in consultation with representatives of Blackfeet
Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Montana.
    In 1873, human remains representing one individual were sent to the
National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of
Pathology by U.S. Army Assistant Surgeon John D. Hall of Fort Benton,
Chouteau County, MT. In 1872, the individual received a leg wound in
battle with Crow Indians, and traveled to Fort Benton where the injured
leg was amputated by Assistant Surgeon Hall. The individual is
identified as Nap-pan-na-qua (also noted in the accession records as
``White Man''). No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1869, human remains representing one individual were collected
from Three Buttes, MT, by U.S. Army Assistant Surgeon Elliot Coues. The
individual was killed by Assiniboin Indians at Three Buttes. Also in
1869, Assistant Surgeon Coues sent the remains to the Smithsonian
Institution. In 1874, the remains were transferred from the Smithsonian
Institution to the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces
Institute of Pathology. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on accession records of the National Museum of Health and
Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, the individuals have
been determined to be Native American. Accession records also indicate
that the individuals were Peigan Indian males. Biological evidence of
the individuals' injuries is consistent with the accession file
information. Historically, the Piegan were a constituent band of the
Blackfeet which are now recognized as the Blackfeet Tribe of the
Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Montana. To date, consultation with the
Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Montana has not
identified a lineal descendent.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the National
Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains
listed above represent the physical remains of two individuals of
Native American ancestry. Officials of the National Museum of Health
and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology 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 Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian
Reservation of Montana.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Blackfeet Tribe of
the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Montana. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains should contact Lenore Barbian, Ph.D.,
Assistant Curator, Anatomical Collections, National Museum of Health
and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army
Medical Center, Building 54, Washington, DC 20306-6000, telephone (202)
782-2203, before June 4, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains to the
Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Montana may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: April 11, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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