FR Doc 03-25539
[Federal Register: October 8, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 195)]
[Notices]               
[Page 58133-58134]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Illinois State Museum, 
Springfield, IL

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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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 
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL.
    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 within 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 within this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Illinois 
State Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of 
the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of 
North Carolina; and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in 
Oklahoma.
    Prior to 1962, human remains representing one individual were 
removed from an unknown location by an unidentified person or persons. 
The remains were later donated to the Quincy Museum of Natural History 
and Art, Quincy, IL. In 1991, the Quincy Museum of Natural History and 
Art transferred possession and control of the human remains to the 
Illinois State Museum. The transfer inventory identifies the remains as 
``Cherokee Indian skull.'' No known individual was identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    Review of the cranial morphology indicates that the individual is 
likely to be Native American. The Cherokee Indians are represented by 
three present-day Indian tribes, the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma; Eastern 
Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; and United Keetoowah Band 
of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.
    Officials of the Illinois State Museum have determined that, 
pursuant to 25

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U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above represent the 
physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. 
Officials of the Illinois State Museum 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 Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma; Eastern Band of 
Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; and United Keetoowah Band of 
Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
Robert E. Warren, Curator of Anthropology, Illinois State Museum, 1011 
East Ash Street, Springfield, IL 62703-3535, telephone (217) 524-7903, 
before November 7, 2003. Repatriation of the human remains to the 
Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North 
Carolina; and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma may 
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Illinois State Museum is responsible for notifying the Cherokee 
Nation, Oklahoma; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina; 
and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: August 22, 2003.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 03-25539 Filed 10-7-03; 8:45 am]

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