FR Doc 03-8505
[Federal Register: April 8, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 67)]
[Notices]               
[Page 17084]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Nevada State Museum, Carson City, 
NV

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Native American 
Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, Sec. 
5, of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession 
of the Nevada State Museum, Carson City, NV. These human remains were 
removed from an unidentified site in the vicinity of Pyramid Lake, 
Washoe County, NV.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003, Sec. 5 
(d)(3). 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. The National Park 
Service is not responsible for the determinations within this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Nevada State 
Museum professional staff in consultation with a representative of the 
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the Pyramid Lake Reservation, Nevada.
    In 1971, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed by an unknown person from site 26Wa1019 in the vicinity of 
Pyramid Lake, Washoe County, NV. The human remains were donated 
anonymously to the Nevada State Museum in 1971. The human remains are 
of a female between 25 and 35 years of age. No known individual was 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    These human remains were examined by Douglas Owsley of the 
Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Owsley indicates that the cranial 
morphology of this individual is consistent with known Paiute 
individuals. Ancestors of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the Pyramid 
Lake Reservation, Nevada, have traditionally occupied the area around 
where these human remains were recovered.
    Officials of the Nevada State Museum have determined that, pursuant 
to 25 U.S.C. 3001, Sec. 2 (9-10), the human remains listed above 
represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American 
ancestry. Officials of the Nevada State Museum also have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001, Sec. 2 (2), there is a relationship 
of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between these 
Native American human remains and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the 
Pyramid Lake Reservation, Nevada.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with these human remains should contact Dr. 
Alanah Woody, NAGPRA Coordinator, Nevada State Museum, 600 North Carson 
Street, Carson City, NV, 89701, telephone (775) 687-4810, extension 
229, before May 8, 2003. Repatriation of the human remains to the 
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the Pyramid Lake Reservation, Nevada, may 
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Nevada State Museum is responsible for notifying the Pyramid 
Lake Paiute Tribe of the Pyramid Lake Reservation, Nevada that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: January 28, 2003.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 03-8505 Filed 4-7-03; 8:45 am]

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