FR Doc E8-6569[Federal Register: March 31, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 62)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, DC, and The University Museum,
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

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 control of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau
of Indian Affairs, Washington, DC, and in the physical custody of The
University Museum, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. The human
remains and associated funerary objects were removed from the Gila
River Indian Community near Sacaton, AZ.
    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 in this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, 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 in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by The
University Museum professional staff, on behalf of the U.S. Department
of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, in consultation with
representatives of the Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River
Indian Reservation, Arizona.
    Sometime between 1931 and 1934, human remains representing a
minimum of two individuals were removed from a cremation feature at an
unknown site in the vicinity of Sacaton (AZ U:14), Gila River
Reservation, Pinal County, AZ, by Carl Moosberg. In 1935, the human
remains were donated to the Arizona State Museum by Mr. Moosberg. In
1954, the human remains were transferred to The University Museum in an
exchange with the Arizona State Museum. No known individuals were
identified. The two associated funerary objects are one red-on-buff jar
and one Gila redware jar.
    Based on characteristics of the mortuary pattern and the attributes
of the ceramic style, this burial has been identified as being
associated with the Sedentary Phase of the Hohokam archeological
tradition, which spanned the years circa A.D. 950-1150.
    Continuities of mortuary practices, ethnographic materials, and
technology indicate affiliation of Hohokam settlements with present-day
O'odham (Piman), Pee Posh (Maricopa), and Puebloan cultures. Oral
traditions documented for the Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa
(Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila River Indian Community of
the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt
River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation,
Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni
Reservation, New Mexico support cultural affiliation with Hohokam sites
in central Arizona. Descendants of the Hohokam are members of the Ak
Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation,
Arizona; Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian
Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa
Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham
Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.
    Officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and The University Museum
have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human
remains described above represent the physical remains of two
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Bureau of
Indian Affairs and The University Museum also have determined that,
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the two objects described 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 Bureau of Indian Affairs and The
University Museum 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 objects and the Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak
Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila River Indian Community of the
Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt

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River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation,
Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; 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
objects should contact Mary Suter, Curator of Collections, The
University Museum, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701,
telephone (479) 575-3481, before April 30, 2008. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Ak Chin Indian
Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila
River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona;
Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the
Salt River Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and
Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico, may proceed after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The University Museum is responsible for notifying the Ak Chin
Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona;
Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation,
Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian
Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation
of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico that
this notice has been published.

    Dated: February 28, 2008.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-6569 Filed 3-28-08; 8:45 am]

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