[Federal Register: November 13, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 219)]
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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 Possession of the University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver,
CO

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 associated
funerary objects in the possession of the University of Denver
Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver, CO.
    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 University
of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology
professional staff, a contract physical anthropologist, and the New
Mexico State Archaeologist in consultation with representatives of the
Hopi Tribe of Arizona, and the Colorado River Indian Tribes of the
Colorado River Indian Reservation, Arizona and California.
    In 1938, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from Pueblo Blanco, Santa Fe County, NM, by Theodore Sowers. Mr. Sowers
was a graduate of the University of Denver, and, in 1995, his daughters
donated the remains to the University of Denver so that they could be
repatriated. No known individuals were identified. The 14 associated
funerary objects are 1 non-human bone, 9 ceramic sherds (black and red
on white), and 4 chipped stone tools.
    Pueblo Blanco (site LA 40), a large masonry pueblo in the Galisteo
Basin, was occupied from A.D. 1400 to circa A.D. 1680 by Tanoan-
speaking people. The Galisteo Basin was largely abandoned following the
Pueblo Revolt of 1680, and subsequently the Tanos lived among other Rio
Grande pueblos. Many of the Tanos moved to the Hopi

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area around 1700, where they live in Tewa Village. The evidence
presented during consultations with the Hopi, supported by the
ethnohistoric record and archeological evidence, demonstrates a
cultural affiliation between Pueblo Blanco and the Hopi Tribe of
Arizona.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology have 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. Officials of the University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology also have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 14 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 the
death rite or ceremony. Lastly, officials of the University of Denver
Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology 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 Hopi
Tribe of Arizona.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona
and the Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian
Reservation, Arizona and California. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact Jan
I. Bernstein, Collections Manager and NAGPRA Coordinator at the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology, 2000 Asbury, Sturm Hall S-146, Denver, CO 80208-2406,
email jbernste@du.edu, telephone (303) 871-2543, before December 13,
2000. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects
to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: October 31, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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