[Federal Register: January 11, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 8)]
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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 State
University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, and in the Control of the
Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta, GA

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 State University of West
Georgia, Carrollton, GA, and in the control of the Georgia Department
of Transportation, Atlanta, GA.
    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 Georgia
Department of Transportation in consultation with representatives of
the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Catawba Indian Nation
(also known as Catawba Tribe of South Carolina); Cherokee Nation,
Oklahoma; Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
of North Carolina; Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Kialegee Tribal
Town, Oklahoma; Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek
Indians of Alabama; Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Oklahoma; and United
Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma.
    In 1988, human remains representing one individual were excavated
from the Rae's Creek site (9Ri327), Richmond County, GA, by Dr. Morgan
R. Crook, Jr., of Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. The work was
conducted as part of a highway construction project under Georgia
Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration contract M-
750 (4). The remains are curated at the Antonio J. Waring,, Jr.,
Archaeology Laboratory, State University of West Georgia, Carrollton,
GA. No known individual was identified. The six associated funerary
objects are two columella shell ear pins, two faceted glass beads, one
partial shell-tempered plain globular jar with flaring rim, and one
chert biface.
    The Rae's Creek site is located near the confluence of Rae's Creek
and the Savannah River. The human remains and associated funerary
objects date to the 1600s through the early 1700s based on artifacts
recovered from the site. The ceramic vessel (a globular, flaring rim,
shell-tempered vessel) form is consistent with late Mouse Creek and/or
Dallas phase occupations (A.D. 1450-1625) in eastern Tennessee, while
the faceted glass beads indicate an early 1700s date. These artifacts
suggest a Creek Indian affiliation. Consultation evidence presented by
representatives of the Creek tribal governments indicates this area was
within the traditional occupation territory of the Creeks during this
time period.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Georgia
Department of Transportation 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
Georgia Department of Transportation also have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the six 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 Georgia Department of Transportation
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 associated funerary
objects and the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Kialegee
Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch Band
of Creek Indians of Alabama; and Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Alabama-Coushatta
Tribes of Texas; Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Catawba
Indian Nation (also known as Catawba Tribe of South Carolina); Cherokee
Nation, Oklahoma; Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Eastern Band of Cherokee
Indians of North Carolina; Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana; Absentee-
Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Muscogee
(Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida;
Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; Seminole Nation of Florida;
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Oklahoma; and
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 and associated funerary objects
should contact Eric Anthony Duff, NAGPRA Coordinator, Georgia
Department of Transportation, Office of Environment/Location, 3993
Aviation Circle, Atlanta, GA 30336-1593, e-mail
eric.duff@dot.state.ga.us, telephone (404) 699-4437, facsimile (404)
699-4440, before February 11, 2002. Repatriation of the human remains
and associated funerary objects to the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town,
Oklahoma; Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Muscogee (Creek) Nation,
Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; and Thlopthlocco
Tribal Town, Oklahoma may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: December 13, 2001.
Robert Stearns,
Program Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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