[Federal Register: August 29, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 168)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and an Associated Funerary Object in the Possession of the Museum of
Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New
Mexico, Santa Fe, NM

AGENCY: National Park Service

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 an associated
funerary object in the possession of the Museum of Indian Arts and
Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM.
    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
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by professional
staff in consultation with representatives of the Pueblo of Acoma, New
Mexico; the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; the Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico;
the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; the Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma;
the Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico;
the Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Taos, New
Mexico; the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi, Waco, and
Tawakonie), Oklahoma; Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and the Zuni
Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.
    In 1941, human remains representing 14 individuals were recovered
from site LA 83 (Pueblo Pardo Ruin or Grey Town), Socorro County, NM
during legally authorized excavations conducted as part of a field
school program through Washington and Jefferson College. No known
individuals were identified. The one associated funerary object is one
lot of corn kernels and faunal remains.
    Based on burial location and associated funerary objects, these
individuals have been identified as Native American. Based on material
cultural and architectural features, site LA 83 has been dated to the
Pueblo III to Pueblo IV period (A.D. 1300-1630).
    During 1935-6, 1939-40, and in 1980, human remains representing a
minimum of eight individuals were recovered from site LA 95 (Quarai
site), Torrance County, NM during legally authorized excavations
conducted as part of stabilization efforts sponsored variously by the
Museum of New Mexico, the School of American Research, the University
of New Mexico, and the Works Progress Administration. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Based on archeological context, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on material culture, architectural
features, and documentary evidence, site LA 95 has been dated to the
Pueblo III through the early historic period (A.D. 1100-1680).
    During 1944-1945, human remains representing a minimum of seven
individuals were recovered from site LA 97 (Abo site), Torrance County,
NM during legally authorized excavations conducted by the Museum of New
Mexico. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    Based on archeological context, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on material culture and
architectural features, site LA 97 has been dated to the Pueblo IV

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through the early historic period (A.D. 1300-1680).
    Based on archeological context and regional cultural chronology,
these sites have been identified as Ancestral Puebloan. Historical
evidence also records these sites as trade centers that enjoyed
frequent contact with non-Puebloan tribes.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Museum
of Indian Arts and Culture have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of a minimum of 29 individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture also have determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the one object listed above is
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. Lastly, officials of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced
between these Native American human remains and associated funerary
objects and the Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; the Hopi Tribe of Arizona;
the Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; the
Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico;
Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas; the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation,
New Mexico; and a non-Federally recognized Indian group, the Piro-
Manso-Tiwa Tribe. This notice has been sent to officials of the Pueblo
of Acoma, New Mexico; the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; the Pueblo of Isleta,
New Mexico; the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; the Kiowa Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma; the Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New
Mexico; the Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Taos,
New Mexico; the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi, Waco,
and Tawakonie), Oklahoma; Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and the Zuni
Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains and associated funerary object should contact Dr.
Duane Anderson, Director, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, P.O. Box
2087, Santa Fe, NM 87504, telephone (505) 476-1251, before September
28, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary
object to the culturally affiliated tribes may begin after that date if
no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: August 10, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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