[Federal Register: June 18, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 117)]
[Notices]
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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 U.S. Department
of the Interior, National Park Service, Gulf Islands National Seashore,
Gulf Breeze, FL

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 U.S. Department of the Interior,
National Park Service, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Gulf Breeze, FL.
    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
National Park Service unit that has control or possession of these
Native American human remains and associated funerary objects. The
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships, is
not responsible for the determinations within this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains and associated funerary
objects was made by National Park Service professional staff in
consultation with the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma;
Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas; Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town,
Oklahoma; Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma; Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma;
Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of
North Carolina; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Jena Band of Choctaw
Indians, Louisiana; Kialegee Tribal Town of the Creek Indian Nation,
Oklahoma; Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida; Mississippi Band of
Choctaw Indians, Mississippi; Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma;
Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; Seminole Nation of Oklahoma;
Seminole Tribe of Florida, Dania, Big Cypress, Brighton, Hollywood &
Tampa Reservations; Thlopthlocco Tribal Town of the Creek Nation,
Oklahoma; Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana; and United Keetoowah
Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma. The Shawnee Tribe, also known
also as the ``Loyal Shawnee'' or ``Cherokee Shawnee,'' a non-Federally
recognized Native American group at the time that they were consulted,
has since been recognized as eligible for the special programs and
services provided by the United States to Indians because of their
status as Indians under provisions of P.L. 106-568.
    In 1960, human remains representing one individual were recovered
during legally-authorized excavations by Charles Fairbanks at the Fort
Walton Temple Mound site. Mr. Fairbanks reported the results of his
excavation in The Florida Anthropologist in 1965. The Fort Walton
Temple Mound site is located on land acquired by the city of Fort
Walton Beach, FL, in 1959. In 1981, the human remains were donated to
the National Park Service by Yulee Lazarus, curator of the Fort Walton
Temple Mound Museum. No known individual was identified. No funerary
objects are identified. The human remains are currently curated at the
National Park Service's Southeast Archeological Center in Tallahassee,
FL.
    The Fort Walton Temple Mound site consists of a large platform
mound and associated settlement area. Archeological evidence indicates
that the Fort Walton Mound site was occupied during the Mississipian
period (A.D. 900-1550), and may have served as the capital town of the
Pensacola polity during the late Mississippian period (A.D. 1200 to
1550) and the early European contact period (A.D. 1550 to 1700). The
first European (Spanish) contact in this area occurred in the middle to
late 16th century with members of the Chatot tribe. Historical evidence
indicates that between A.D. 1695 and 1707 the Creek Indians overran the
Chatot tribe and took over the area around Fort Walton. Remnants of the
Chatot tribe are believed to have joined the Choctaw tribe, although
some Chatot probably remained with the Creeks.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, the superintendent of
Gulf Islands National Seashore has 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. The
superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore also has determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared
group identity that can be reasonably traced between the Native
American human remains and the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma;
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, Louisiana;
Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida;
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi; Muscogee (Creek)
Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; Seminole
Nation of Oklahoma; Seminole Tribe of Florida, Dania, Big Cypress,
Brighton, Hollywood & Tampa Reservations; and Thlopthlocco Tribal Town,
Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Absentee-Shawnee
Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; Alabama and Coushatta Tribes of Texas;
Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma;
Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma; Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana; Choctaw
Nation of Oklahoma; Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana; Eastern Band of
Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma;
Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, Louisiana; Kialegee Tribal Town,
Oklahoma; Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida; Mississippi Band of
Choctaw Indians, Mississippi; Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma; Poarch
Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; Seminole
Tribe of Florida, Dania, Big Cypress, Brighton, Hollywood & Tampa
Reservations; Shawnee Tribe, Oklahoma; Thlopthlocco Tribal Town,
Oklahoma; Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana; and United Keetoowah
Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma. This notice also was sent to the
Independent Traditional Seminole Nation of Florida, a non-Federally
recognized Indian group. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
should contact Jerry A. Eubanks, Superintendent, Gulf Islands National
Seashore, 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, telephone
(850) 934-2604, before July 18, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains
to the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Oklahoma; Choctaw Nation of
Oklahoma; Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, Louisiana; Kialegee Tribal
Town, Oklahoma; Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida; Mississippi
Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi; Muscogee (Creek) Nation,
Oklahoma; Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama; Seminole Nation of
Oklahoma; Seminole Tribe of Florida, Dania, Big Cypress, Brighton,
Hollywood & Tampa Reservations; and Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Oklahoma
may begin after the date if no additional claimants come forward.

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    Dated: May 21, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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