Federal Register, Volume 76 Issue 119 (Tuesday, June 21, 2011)
[Notices]
[Pages 36150-36151]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-15440]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]

Notice of Inventory Completion: Florida Department of State/
Division of Historical Resources, Tallahassee, FL

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: The Florida Department of State/Division of Historical 
Resources has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation 
with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined that there is no 
cultural affiliation between the human remains and any present-day 
Indian tribe. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself 
to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the 
Florida Department of State/Division of Historical Resources. 
Disposition of the human remains to the Indian tribe stated below may 
occur if no additional requestors come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the Florida 
Department of State/Division of Historical Resources at the address 
below by July 21, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Ryan J. Wheeler, State Archaeologist, Florida Department of 
State/Division of Historical Resources, 1001 de Soto Park Dr. 
Tallahassee, FL 32301, telephone (850) 245-6301.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 Florida Department of State/Division of Historical 
Resources, Tallahassee, FL. The human remains were removed from 
Alachua, Miami-Dade, Duval, and Sumter Counties, FL.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3) and 
43 CFR 10.11(d). 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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Florida 
Department of State/Division of Historical Resources professional staff 
in consultation with representatives of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians 
of Florida. Requests for consultation were also sent to the Muscogee 
(Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; 
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; and the Seminole Tribe of Florida (Dania, 
Big Cypress, Brighton, Hollywood & Tampa Reservations). The Miccosukee 
Tribe of Indians of Florida requested that the remains described in 
this notice be transferred to their control so that reburial can occur 
at or near the original areas of removal. There are no objections to 
the disposition to the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida by the 
other Indian tribes contacted by Florida Department of State/Division 
of Historical Resources.

History and Description of the Remains

    In October and November 2006, human remains representing a minimum 
of one individual were removed from site 8AL832, in Alachua County, FL. 
Archeological site 8AL832 is described as a dense scatter of lithic and 
ceramic artifacts, associated with the pre-European contact Native 
American Alachua and St. Johns cultures of the area (circa A.D. 700 to 
1500). The remains were found during archeological monitoring during 
the development of Ficke Gardens at the University of Florida. The 
archeologists that found the remains contacted the State Archaeologist. 
Based on consultation with the State Archaeologist, the district 
medical examiner was asked to investigate the discovery. The district 
medical examiner, with assistance from the C.A. Pound Human 
Identification Laboratory and Dr. John Krigbaum, University of Florida, 
Department of Anthropology, determined that the remains were Native 
American. On August 11, 2008, the remains were transferred to the 
Florida Department of State/Division of Historical Resources. The 
remains of this individual are 12 bone and tooth fragments. No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In June 2007, human remains representing a minimum of two 
individuals were removed from site 8DA5918 at the White Rock Mine, in 
Miami-Dade County, FL. Archeological site 8DA5918 is described as a 
multi-component black earth midden deposit on a relict Everglades tree 
island, associated with the Archaic and Glades cultures of the area. 
The human remains are believed to be from the Glades period (circa 500 
B.C. to A.D. 1500). The remains of these two individuals are 28 bone 
and tooth fragments. No known

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individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    In March 2005, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from site 8DU276, in Duval County, FL. 
Archeological site 8DU276 is described as a deep black earth midden 
with material dating from several periods, dominated by the pre-
European contact Native American St. Johns II culture of the area 
(circa A.D. 900 to 1250). The area where the human remains were found 
may be a remnant burial mound or cemetery. The remains of this 
individual were transferred by the consulting archeologist to the 
Florida Department of State/Division of Historical Resources for 
identification pending reburial. Additional remains were located in the 
same area during subsequent investigation by another archeological 
consultant, but left in place. No known individual was identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    In July 2008, human remains representing a minimum of two 
individuals were removed from site 8SM186, in Sumter County, FL. 
Archeological site 8SM186 is described as having both pre-European 
contact Native American Middle Archaic and Weeden Island cultural 
deposits (circa A.D. 200 to 900). The remains were transferred to the 
Florida Department of State/Division of Historical Resources by the 
Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the district medical examiner. The 
remains of these individuals are 20 bone and tooth fragments. No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.

Determinations Made by the Florida Department of State/Division of 
Historical Resources

    Officials of the Florida Department of State/Division of Historical 
Resources have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of six individuals of Native 
American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), a relationship of shared 
group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and any present-day Indian tribe.
     According to final judgments of the Indian Claims 
Commission, the land from which the Native American human remains were 
removed is the aboriginal land of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of 
Florida, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, and the Seminole Tribe of 
Florida.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the 
human remains is to the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains or any other Indian tribe 
that believes it satisfies the criteria in 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1) should 
contact Ryan J. Wheeler, State Archaeologist, Florida Department of 
State/Division of Historical Resources, 1001 de Soto Park Dr., 
Tallahassee, FL 32301, telephone (850) 245-6301, before July 21, 2011. 
Disposition of the human remains to the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of 
Florida may proceed after that date if no additional requestors come 
forward.
    The Florida Department of State/Division of Historical Resources is 
responsible for notifying the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida; 
Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek Indians of 
Alabama; Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; and the Seminole Tribe of Florida 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: June 15, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-15440 Filed 6-20-11; 8:45 am]
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