FR Doc 03-5506
[Federal Register: March 7, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 45)]
[Notices]               
[Page 11135-11136]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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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, Department of the Army, Fort Benning, GA; 
Correction

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; correction.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, Sec. 5, of 
the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated funerary 
objects in the possession of the U.S. Department of Defense, Department 
of the Army, Fort Benning, GA. These human remains and associated 
funerary objects were removed from various sites in Chattahoochee, 
Muscogee, and Russell Counties, GA.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003, Sec. 5 
(d)(3). 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.
     This notice corrects the list of Native American tribes to which 
these human remains and associated funerary objects are affiliated. The 
Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma was inadvertently omitted from the last two 
paragraphs of a Notice of Inventory Completion published in the Federal 
Register on August 29, 2002 (FR Doc. 02-22000, pages 55426-55428).
    Paragraphs 16 and 17 are corrected by substituting the following 
paragraphs:
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials at Fort Benning 
and the U.S. Army installation staff, U.S. Army Engineer District, St. 
Louis, Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of 
Archaeological Collections have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 
10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical 
remains of 25 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials at 
Fort Benning and the U.S. Army installation staff, U.S. Army Engineer 
District, St. Louis, Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and 
Management of Archaeological Collections have also determined that, 
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 1,551 funerary 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 at Fort Benning and the U.S. Army 
installation staff, the U.S. Army Engineer District, St. Louis, 
Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of 
Archaeological Collections have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 
10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can 
reasonably be traced between these Native American human remains and 
associated funerary objects and the Muscogee-speaking people who 
inhabited the region prior to their removal to Oklahoma and elsewhere 
in 1836, namely the Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas; Alabama-
Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Coushatta 
Tribe of Louisiana; Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Miccosukee Tribe of 
Indians of Florida; Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch Band of 
Creek Indians of Alabama; Seminole

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Nation of Oklahoma; Seminole Tribe of Florida; and Thlopthlocco Tribal 
Town, Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Alabama-Coushatta 
Tribes of Texas; Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Chickasaw 
Nation, Oklahoma; Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana; Kialegee Tribal Town, 
Oklahoma; Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida; Muscogee (Creek) 
Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; Seminole 
Nation of Oklahoma; Seminole Tribe of Florida; and Thlopthlocco Tribal 
Town, Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes 
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and 
associated funerary objects should contact Dr. Christopher E. Hamilton, 
Attention: ATZB-ELN-E, Cultural Resource Manager, Fort Benning, GA 
31905-5000, telephone (706) 545-2377, before April 7, 2003. 
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to 
the Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas; Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, 
Oklahoma; Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana; 
Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida; 
Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek Indians of 
Alabama; Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; Seminole Tribe of Florida; and 
Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Oklahoma may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: December 12, 2002.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 03-5506 Filed 3-6-03; 8:45 am]

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