FR Doc 05-23873
[Federal Register: December 9, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 236)]
[Notices]               
[Page 73261-73262]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Denver Museum of Nature & 
Science, Denver, CO; 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, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of the 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO. The human remains were 
removed from an unknown location in Florida.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    This notice corrects the cultural affiliation of the human remains 
and the Indian tribe to whom the human remains will be repatriated that 
were reported in a notice of inventory completion published in the 
Federal Register on June 7, 2004 (FR Doc. 04-12661, page 31841). In the 
previous notice, officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
stated, ``Based on provenience, museum records, research, and 
consultations with the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and the Seminole 
Tribe of Florida, Dania, Big Cypress, Brighton, Hollywood & Tampa 
Reservations, the human remains are determined to be Native American of 
Seminole ancestry.'' During consultations, Seminole delegates confirmed 
their affiliation with earlier historic American Indians in Florida and 
indicated that the individual is probably one of their ancestors. The 
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida were consulted and requested 
that the human remains be reburied in Florida but did not indicate a 
direct cultural affiliation with the human remains. Historical and 
archeological evidence, however, establish that Seminole and Miccosukee 
people have been residents in central and southern Florida for several 
hundred years.
    The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida has come forward since 
publication of the previous notice to claim the human remains and has 
informed officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science that ``the

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Miccosukee Tribe has a direct cultural affiliation to any and all 
'Seminole' remains . . . .'' The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida 
has informed the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and the Seminole Tribe of 
Florida of their claim and the two Seminole tribes agree that the human 
remains should be repatriated to the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of 
Florida.
    Paragraph numbers 6 and 7 of the original notice are corrected by 
substituting the following paragraphs:
    Officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains listed above 
represent the physical remains of a minimum of one individual of Native 
American ancestry. Officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a 
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced 
between the Native American human remains and the Miccosukee Tribe of 
Indians of Florida; Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; and Seminole Tribe of 
Florida, Dania, Big Cypress, Brighton, Hollywood & Tampa Reservations.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. Ella 
Maria Ray, NAGPRA Officer, Department of Anthropology, Denver Museum of 
Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80205, telephone 
(303) 370-6056, before January 9, 2006. Repatriation of the human 
remains to the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is responsible for notifying 
the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida; Seminole Nation of 
Oklahoma; and Seminole Tribe of Florida, Dania, Big Cypress, Brighton, 
Hollywood & Tampa Reservations that this notice has been published.

    Dated: October 12, 2005
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 05-23873 Filed 12-8-05; 8:45 am]

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