[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 33 (Tuesday, February 19, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11676-11677]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03631]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-12208; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: National Guard Bureau/A7AN, Air 
National Guard, Joint Base Andrews, MD

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The National Guard Bureau, Air National Guard, Joint Base 
Andrews, MD, has completed an inventory of human remains and associated 
funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, 
and has determined that there is a likely cultural affiliation between 
the human remains and associated funerary objects and present-day 
Indian tribes. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself 
to be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated 
funerary objects may contact National Guard Bureau, Air National Guard, 
Joint Base Andrews, MD. Repatriation of the human remains to the Indian 
tribes stated below may occur if no additional claimants come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the National 
Guard Bureau, Air National Guard at the address below by March 21, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: Melissa Mertz, Natural Resources Program Manager, Air 
National Guard NGB/A7AN Environmental Branch, 3501 Fetchet Ave., Joint 
Base Andrews, MD 20762, telephone (240) 612-8427.

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 and 
associated funerary objects under the control of the National Guard 
Bureau, Air National Guard, Joint Base Andrews, MD. The human remains 
and associated funerary objects were removed from Jefferson County, KY.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25

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U.S.C. 3003(d) (3). The determinations in this notice are the sole 
responsibility of the National Guard Bureau, Air National Guard. The 
National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this 
notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains and associated funerary 
objects was made by AMEC Environment and Infrastructure professional 
staff under a contract with the National Guard Bureau, Air National 
Guard, and in consultation with representatives of the Absentee-Shawnee 
Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; Cherokee Nation; Chickasaw Nation; 
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; 
Quapaw Tribe of Indians; Shawnee Tribe; and the United Keetoowah Band 
of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1972 or 1973, human remains representing, at minimum, 96 
individuals were removed from site 15JF267, the KYANG site, in 
Jefferson County, KY, during an authorized runway expansion project. 
The human remains were recovered from disarticulate burials (at minimum 
43 individuals) as well as from formal interments (at minimum 53 
individuals). No known individuals were identified. The 32 associated 
funerary objects are: 1 single bear, deer, and wolf tooth necklace 
containing drilled canines; 4 drilled canines; 6 bone awls; 9 polished 
or worked bone tools; 2 polished small mammal mandibles; 1 worked 
canine; 2 fish spine needles; 1 antler flaker; and 6 chert tools. The 
human remains and associated funerary objects date to the Middle and 
Late Archaic periods (B.C. 7000 to 3000).
    Cultural affiliation of the collection can reasonably be traced 
historically between members of present-day Indian tribes and an 
identifiable earlier group. Based on archeological evidence, geographic 
location, and oral traditions, site 15JF267 is located within the 
traditional area of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Quapaw, and Shawnee 
people. Today, these people are represented by the Absentee-Shawnee 
Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; Cherokee Nation; Chickasaw Nation; 
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; 
Quapaw Tribe of Indians; Shawnee Tribe; and the United Keetoowah Band 
of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.

Determinations Made by the National Guard Bureau, Air National Guard

    Officials of the National Guard Bureau, Air National Guard have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9), the human remains 
described in this notice represent the physical remains of 96 
individuals of Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2)(A), the 32 objects described 
above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near 
individual human remains at the time of death or later as part of the 
death rite or ceremony.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the human 
remains and associated funerary objects and the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe 
of Indians of Oklahoma; Cherokee Nation; Chickasaw Nation; Eastern Band 
of Cherokee Indians; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Quapaw Tribe of 
Indians; Shawnee Tribe; and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee 
Indians in Oklahoma.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Melissa Mertz, Natural Resources Program 
Manager, Air National Guard NGB/A7AN Environmental Branch, 3501 Fetchet 
Ave., Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762, telephone (240) 612-8427, before 
March 21, 2013. Repatriation of the human remains and associated 
funerary objects may proceed after that date if no additional claimants 
come forward.
    The National Guard Bureau, Air National Guard is responsible for 
notifying the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma; Cherokee 
Nation; Chickasaw Nation; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Eastern 
Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Quapaw Tribe of Indians; Shawnee Tribe; and 
the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: January 29, 2013.
Melanie O'Brien,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-03631 Filed 2-15-13; 8:45 am]
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