[Federal Register: July 9, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 131)]
[Notices]
[Page 45533-45534]
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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 Control of the Georgia
Department of Natural Resources, Atlanta, GA, and in the Possession of
the Antonio J. Waring Archaeological Laboratory, State University of
West Georgia, Carrollton, 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 control of the Georgia Department of Natural
Resources, Atlanta, GA, and in the possession of the Antonio J. Waring
Archaeological Laboratory, State University of West Georgia,
Carrollton, 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 Natural Resources and Antonio J. Waring Archaeological
Laboratory, State University of West Georgia professional staff in
consultation with representatives of the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma,
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina, and United
Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma.
    In 1954, human remains representing a minimum of one individual
were removed from New Echota (9GO42), Gordon County, GA, by Georgia
Historical Commission staff. In 1972, the Georgia General Assembly
dissolved the Commission and assigned its properties, including human
remains from New Echota, to the newly created Georgia Department of
Natural Resources. No known individual was identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    The excavations were conducted by the Georgia Historical Commission
to prepare a reconstruction of the town of New Echota, which had been
the capital of the Cherokee Nation from 1825 to 1836. The human remains
were recovered from a residence within the town limits. The remains
have been identified as Cherokee because of their association with the
historically-documented Cherokee capital.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Georgia
Department of Natural Resources 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 Natural Resources 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 Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma, Eastern Band of
Cherokee Indians of North Carolina, and United Keetoowah Band of
Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cherokee Nation,
Oklahoma, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina, 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 should contact David Crass, NAGPRA
Coordinator, Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, Suite 1352, 205
Butler Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30334, telephone (404) 656-9344, before
August 8, 2002. Repatriation of the human remains to the Cherokee
Nation, Oklahoma, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina,
and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: April 9, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-17088 Filed 7-8-02; 8:45 am]
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