FR Doc 03-29508
[Federal Register: November 26, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 228)]
[Notices]
[Page 66483-66484]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: The Colorado College, Colorado
Springs, CO

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 The
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. The human remains were removed
from Pueblo, El Paso, Fremont, Las Animas, and either Lincoln or Elbert
Counties in eastern Colorado.
    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 The Colorado
College professional staff in consultation with representatives of the
Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation,
Wyoming; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche Nation,
Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache Nation,
New Mexico; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Mescalero Apache Tribe of
the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; Southern Ute Indian
Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Ute Indian Tribe of
the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute
Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah.
    In April 1960, human remains representing one individual were
removed from Pueblo County, CO, by the Kenneth Englert family and
donated to The Colorado College soon after (Accession no. 1980.2.3). In
the summer of 1960, the human remains were sent to the University of
Kansas for description and analysis and were then returned to The
Colorado College. No known individual was identified. No associated
funerary objects are present. Cranial morphology and burial context
indicate that the human remains are Native American.
    On April 14, 1966, human remains representing two individuals were
discovered on Kelly Ranch along Horse Creek, approximately 60 miles
east of Colorado Springs. It is not known whether Kelly Ranch was in
southern Elbert County or in Lincoln County, CO. Horse Creek runs
through both counties. Paul Kutsche of The Colorado College
Anthropology Department retrieved the human remains and brought them
back to the college. The human remains were curated in the Anthropology
Department Archaeology Laboratory in Palmer Hall until 1989 and were
then transferred to the Biological Anthropology Research Laboratory of
Barnes Science Center (Accession no. 1980.2.4). No known individuals
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Cranial
morphology indicates that the human remains are Native American.
    In spring of 1968, a young boy found human remains representing a
minimum of one individual on a hillside south of Stratmoor Hills Golf
Club, near the ``B'' Street entrance gate of Fort Carson, El Paso
County, CO. The human remains were removed in July 1968 by Professor
Michael Nowak of The Colorado College. The human remains were curated
in the Anthropology Department Archaeology Laboratory in Palmer Hall
until 1989 and then transferred to the Biological Anthropology Research
Laboratory of Barnes Science Center (Accession no. 1980.2.5). No known
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
The burial site and context indicate that the human remains are Native
American.
    On May 3, 1989, human remains representing one individual were
removed from site 5EP1175 on private land in Colorado Springs, El Paso
County, CO. The discovery resulted from a construction project. After
the county coroner and local police determined that the human remains
were not of forensic significance, Ms. Kim Spurr of The Colorado
College Anthropology Department took the human remains back to the
college for study and curation (Accession no. El Paso Cty 050389). No
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are
present. Cranial morphology and the flexed position of the burial
indicate that the human remains are Native American.
    In 1985, human remains representing one individual were discovered
on private land during operations at a gravel pit near Pikes Peak
Meadows, south of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, CO. After
investigation by the El Paso County Coroner's Office determined that
there was no forensic significance, the human remains were transferred
to the The Colorado College Anthropology Department in Palmer Hall for
curation and educational purposes (Accession no. El Paso CCO
85A-235). In 1989, the human remains were moved to the
Biological Anthropology Research Laboratory in Barnes Science Center.
No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are
present. Cranial morphology indicates that the human remains are Native
American.
    In 1989, human remains representing one individual were discovered
eroding out of a cutbank along State Highway 115, Fremont County, CO.
After investigation by the Fremont County Coroner's Office determined
that there was no forensic significance, the human remains were
transferred to the Biological Anthropology Research Laboratory, Barnes
Science Center at The Colorado College for curation and educational
purposes (Accession no. El Paso CCO 082989). No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Cranial
morphology indicates that the human remains are Native American.
    In 1990, human remains representing one individual were discovered
eroding from an embankment on private land in Las Animas County, CO.
After investigation by the Las Animas County Coroner's Office
determined that there was no forensic significance, the human remains
were transferred to the Biological Anthropology Research Laboratory in
Barnes Science Center at The Colorado College for curation and
educational purposes (Accession no. CCO 071190). No known individual
was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Cranial
morphology

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indicates that the human remains are Native American.
    The map ``Indian Land Areas Judicially Established 1978'' includes
the eastern Colorado counties of Pueblo, El Paso, Fremont, Lincoln, and
Elbert in the land aboriginally occupied by the Cheyenne and Arapaho
tribes. The Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
map ``Estimated Tribal Territories in Colorado During the Late
Nineteenth Century'' shows the presence of the Apache, Arapaho,
Cheyenne, Comanche, and Kiowa in all of eastern Colorado. The Southern
Ute Indian Tribe map ``Original Ute Domain'' includes El Paso, Pueblo,
Fremont, Las Animas, Lincoln, and Elbert Counties as a part of the
original domain of the Ute. Official tribal representatives provided
folklore, oral tradition, geographical, and historical evidence of
cultural affiliation, all of which indicated that eastern Colorado is a
part of their traditional territory.
    Officials of The Colorado College have determined that, pursuant to
25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of eight individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of The Colorado College 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 Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River
Reservation, Wyoming; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche
Nation, Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache
Nation, New Mexico; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Mescalero Apache
Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; Northern Cheyenne Tribe
of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; Southern Ute
Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Ute Indian
Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; and Ute Mountain Tribe
of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Joyce
Eastburg, Legal Assistant, The Colorado College, 14 East Cache La
Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, telephone (719) 389-6703,
before December 26, 2003. Repatriation of the human remains to the
Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado may
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Colorado College is responsible for notifying the Apache Tribe
of Oklahoma; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming;
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche Nation, Oklahoma; Fort
Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico;
Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero
Reservation, New Mexico; Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern
Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the
Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah &
Ouray Reservation, Utah; and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain
Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah that this notice has been
published.

    Dated: October 28, 2003.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 03-29508 Filed 11-25-03; 8:45 am]

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