[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 61 (Friday, March 29, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19303-19304]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-07346]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-12406; PCU00RP14.R50000-PPWOCRADN0]


Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains 
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the U.S. 
Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Natchez Trace 
Parkway, Tupelo, MS; 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 and associated funerary 
objects in the possession of U.S. Department of the Interior, National 
Park Service, Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, MS. The human remains and 
cultural items were removed from Madison, Jefferson, and Adams 
counties, MS.
    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 
Superintendent, Natchez Trace Parkway.
    This notice corrects the minimum number of individuals, the number 
and types of associated funerary objects, the tribes determined to be 
culturally affiliated, and the spelling of two Indian tribes for a 
Notice of Inventory Completion previously published in the Federal 
Register (66 FR 32846-32847, June 18, 2001). A reassessment of the 
inventory during tribal consultation prior to repatriation revealed an 
increased number of associated funerary objects and fewer individuals. 
Following consultation, three additional tribes were determined to have 
a relationship of shared group identity with the human remains and 
associated funerary objects.
    In the Federal Register (66 FR 32846-32847, June 18, 2001), 
``Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma'' is substituted for ``Muskogee 
(Creek) Nation, Oklahoma'' wherever the latter occurs.
    In the Federal Register (66 FR 32846-32847, June 18, 2001), 
``United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians'' is substituted for 
``United Keetowah Band of Cherokee Indians'' wherever the latter 
occurs.
    In the Federal Register (66 FR 32846-32847, June 18, 2001), 
paragraphs number 4 through 6 are corrected by

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substituting the following three paragraphs and inserting the fourth:
    The 63 human remains and 1,809 associated funerary objects 
described below were recovered from three different sites.
    In 1963 and 1964, human remains representing 8 individuals were 
recovered from the Boyd site during an authorized National Park Service 
project to mitigate construction impacts from the Natchez Trace 
Parkway. No known individuals were identified. The 59 associated 
funerary objects are 22 shell beads, 24 pieces of a single Baytown 
Plain ceramic jar, and 13 ceramic sherds.
    The Boyd site is located in Madison County, MS, and consists of a 
village area and six mounds. On the basis of artifacts recovered during 
the excavations, the village area was occupied during the Woodland 
period (A.D. 300-700), while the mounds were built during the 
Mississippian period (A.D. 1000-1650). The human remains and associated 
funerary objects were associated with the Mississippian period use of 
the site. One burial was recovered with fragments of a Baytown Plain 
ceramic jar, a ceramic type often associated with the Late Woodland and 
Early Mississippian period (A.D. 700-1200). One burial contained glass 
beads similar to those found at trading sites and historic Indian 
villages of the 18th century in Georgia and Alabama. These beads are 
possibly associated with a historic American Indian Choctaw presence at 
the site.
    In 1949, human remains representing 30 individuals were recovered 
from the Gordon Mounds site during a legally authorized National Park 
Service excavation prior to the construction of the Natchez Trace 
Parkway. No known individuals were identified. The 590 associated 
funerary objects are 1 Mazique incised cup, 372 vessel fragments, 1 
Mazique incised pot, 2 Addis Plain bowls, 1 effigy bowl, 1 core, 200 
faunal elements, 2 flakes, 1 piece of shatter, 4 points, 1 flake tool, 
1 piece of charcoal, 1 discoidal, 1 celt, and 1 pot.
    In the Federal Register (66 FR 32846-32847, June 18, 2001), 
paragraph number 8 is corrected by substituting the following paragraph 
and inserting the second:
    In 1948, human remains representing one individual were recovered 
from the Emerald Mound site during legally authorized excavation 
projects. No known individuals were identified. The 37 associated 
funerary objects are 25 vessel fragments and 12 faunal elements.
    In 1972, human remains representing 24 individuals were recovered 
from the Emerald Mound site during legally authorized excavation 
projects. No known individuals were identified. The 1,123 associated 
funerary objects are 644 vessel fragments, 35 faunal elements, 226 
unmodified stones, 89 pieces of daub, 35 flakes, 6 flake tools, 25 
fire-cracked rocks, 4 pebble tools, 26 pieces of shatter, 29 cores, and 
4 pieces of cinder.
    In the Federal Register (66 FR 32846-32847, June 18, 2001), 
paragraph number 12 is corrected by substituting the following 
paragraph:
    Based on the above mentioned information, the superintendent of 
Natchez Trace Parkway has determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3001(9) the human remains listed above represent the physical remains 
of 63 individuals of Native American ancestry. The superintendent of 
Natchez Trace Parkway has also determined that, pursuant 25 U.S.C. 
3001(3)(A), the 1,809 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 a death rite or ceremony. Lastly, the 
superintendent of Natchez Trace Parkway has 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 associated funerary objects recovered from the Boyd site, Gordon 
Mounds site, and Emerald Mound site, and the Cherokee Nation; Chickasaw 
Nation; Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Mississippi Band of Choctaw 
Indians; The Muscogee (Creek) Nation; and United Keetoowah Band of 
Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.
    In the Federal Register (66 FR 32846-32847, June 18, 2001), the 
last sentence of paragraph number 13 is corrected by substituting the 
following sentence:
    Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects 
to the Cherokee Nation; Chickasaw Nation; Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; 
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; The Muscogee (Creek) Nation; and 
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma may begin after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Dale Wilkerson, Acting Superintendent, Natchez 
Trace Parkway, 2680 Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, MS 38803, telephone 
(662) 680-4005, before April 29, 2013. Repatriation of the human 
remains and associated funerary objects to the Cherokee Nation; 
Chickasaw Nation; Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Mississippi Band of 
Choctaw Indians; The Muscogee (Creek) Nation; and United Keetoowah Band 
of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    Natchez Trace Parkway is responsible for notifying the Absentee-
Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas 
(previously listed as the Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas); Alabama-
Quassarte Tribal Town; Cherokee Nation; Chickasaw Nation; Chitimacha 
Tribe of Louisiana; Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Eastern Band of 
Cherokee Indians; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Jena Band of 
Choctaw Indians; Kialegee Tribal Town; Miccosukee Tribe of Indians; 
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; Poarch Band of Creeks (previously 
listed as the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama); Seminole Tribe 
of Florida (previously listed as the Seminole Tribe of Florida (Dania, 
Big Cypress, Brighton, Hollywood & Tampa Reservations)); Shawnee Tribe; 
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation; The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; 
Thlopthlocco Tribal Town; Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe; and United 
Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma that this notice has 
been published.

    Dated: February 21, 2013.
Mariah Soriano,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-07346 Filed 3-28-13; 8:45 am]
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