FR Doc 04-8169
[Federal Register: April 12, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 70)]
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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 and associated funerary 
objects in the possession of The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, 
CO. The human remains and associated funerary object were removed from 
undocumented sites in the southwestern United States and Combe Wash, 
San Juan County, UT.
    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,

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institution, or Federal agency that has control of the 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 and associated funerary 
object was made by The Colorado College professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Navajo 
Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Pueblo of Acoma; Pueblo of Cochiti; 
Pueblo of Isleta; Pueblo of Jemez; Pueblo of Laguna; Pueblo of Nambe; 
Pueblo of Picuris; Pueblo of Pojoaque; Pueblo of San Felipe; Pueblo of 
San Ildefonso; Pueblo of San Juan; Pueblo of Sandia; Pueblo of Santa 
Ana; Pueblo of Santa Clara; Pueblo of Santo Domingo; Pueblo of Taos; 
Pueblo of Tesuque; Pueblo of Zia; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo; and Zuni Tribe 
of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.
    On unknown dates, human remains representing 10 individuals were 
removed from sites in the southwestern United States. The human 
remains, believed to have been donated to The Colorado College, were a 
part of the former Colorado College museum collections, which were 
transferred to the Anthropology Department in the 1960s and 1970s. The 
human remains were curated from 1981 until 1989 in the Anthropology 
Department Archaeology Laboratory in Palmer Hall. In 1989, the human 
remains were moved to the Biological Anthropology Classroom/Laboratory 
of Barnes Science Center. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    The specific proveniences are unknown, but a physical 
anthropological assessment indicates that the human remains are 
ancestral Puebloan based on the type of cranial deformation. Pueblo 
oral traditions and archeological evidence indicate that ancient 
Puebloan societies have a relationship of shared group identity with 
modern Pueblo communities in the southwestern United States.
    On an unknown date, human remains representing one infant 
individual were removed from a site near Comb Wash, San Juan County, 
UT. The specific provenience is unknown, but records from the former 
Colorado College museum indicate that the human remains are probably 
from this area. The human remains, believed to have been donated to The 
Colorado College, were a part of the former Colorado College museum 
collections, which were transferred to the Anthropology Department in 
the 1960s and 1970s. The human remains were curated from 1981 until 
1989 in the Anthropology Department Archaeology Laboratory in Palmer 
Hall. In 1989, the human remains were moved to the Biological 
Anthropology Classroom/Laboratory of Barnes Science Center. No known 
individual was identified. The one associated funerary object is a 
woven fiber bag that encases the naturally mummified infant.
    A physical anthropological assessment of the human remains 
indicates that the human remains are ancestral Puebloan based on the 
type of cranial deformation. The type and style of associated funerary 
object is also ancestral Puebloan. A relationship of shared group 
identity can reasonably be traced between ancestral Puebloan peoples 
and modern Puebloan peoples based on oral tradition and scientific 
studies.
    Officials of The Colorado College have determined that, pursuant to 
25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above represent the 
physical remains of 11 individuals of Native American ancestry. 
Officials of The Colorado College also have determined that, pursuant 
to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the one object described 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 Colorado College 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 associated funerary object and the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; Pueblo of Acoma; Pueblo of Cochiti; Pueblo of Isleta; Pueblo 
of Jemez; Pueblo of Laguna; Pueblo of Nambe; Pueblo of Picuris; Pueblo 
of Pojoaque; Pueblo of San Felipe; Pueblo of San Ildefonso; Pueblo of 
San Juan; Pueblo of Sandia; Pueblo of Santa Ana; Pueblo of Santa Clara; 
Pueblo of Santo Domingo; Pueblo of Taos; Pueblo of Tesuque; Pueblo of 
Zia; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New 
Mexico.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
object should contact Joyce Eastburg, Legal Assistant, The Colorado 
College, 14 East Cache La Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, 
telephone (719) 389-6703, before May 12, 2004. Repatriation of the 
human remains and associated funerary object to the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; Pueblo of Acoma; Pueblo of Cochiti; Pueblo of Isleta; Pueblo 
of Jemez; Pueblo of Laguna; Pueblo of Nambe; Pueblo of Picuris; Pueblo 
of Pojoaque; Pueblo of San Felipe; Pueblo of San Ildefonso; Pueblo of 
San Juan; Pueblo of Sandia; Pueblo of Santa Ana; Pueblo of Santa Clara; 
Pueblo of Santo Domingo; Pueblo of Taos; Pueblo of Tesuque; Pueblo of 
Zia; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New 
Mexico may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Colorado College is responsible for notifying the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Pueblo of Acoma; 
Pueblo of Cochiti; Pueblo of Isleta; Pueblo of Jemez; Pueblo of Laguna; 
Pueblo of Nambe; Pueblo of Picuris; Pueblo of Pojoaque; Pueblo of San 
Felipe; Pueblo of San Ildefonso; Pueblo of San Juan; Pueblo of Sandia; 
Pueblo of Santa Ana; Pueblo of Santa Clara; Pueblo of Santo Domingo; 
Pueblo of Taos; Pueblo of Tesuque; Pueblo of Zia; Ysleta del Sur 
Pueblo; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: February 25, 2004.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 04-8169 Filed 4-9-04; 8:45 am]

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