[Federal Register: March 15, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 50)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]

 
Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Wyoming, 
Anthropology Department, Human Remains Repository, Laramie, WY

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 and 
control of the University of Wyoming Anthropology Department, Human 
Remains Repository, Laramie, WY. The human remains were removed from 
the east side of the Big Horn Mountains in the Buffalo-Sheridan area 
from unknown status lands in Wyoming.
    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 University 
of Wyoming, Anthropology Department, Human Remains Repository, 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Crow 
Tribe of Montana.
    In the 1960s or 1970s, human remains representing one individual 
were removed from beneath a tree scaffold burial by a private 
individual from the east side of the Big Horn Mountains in the Buffalo-
Sheridan area from unknown status lands in Wyoming. The remains were 
sent to the University of Wyoming in the mid-1980s and have been at the 
University of Wyoming since that time (HR218d). No known individual was 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Notes transferred with the human remains indicate that the burial 
was that of a Crow individual and probably dates after the 1870s. The 
University of Wyoming, Anthropology Department,

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Human Remains Repository, determined that the human remains are Native 
American based on the notes that accompanied the transfer. Based on the 
notes and the burial location, officials of the Human Remains 
Repository reasonably believe that the remains represent an individual 
related to the Crow Tribe of Montana. The Crow Tribe presented evidence 
that showed the burial location is within their tribal homeland as 
defined by the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1851), Indian Claims Commission 
(3 Ind. Cls. Comm. 147), and U.S. Court of Claims (284 F.2c 361 
(1960)).
    Officials of the University of Wyoming, Anthropology Department, 
Human Remains Repository, have determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3001(9), that the human remains described above represent the physical 
remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the 
University of Wyoming, Anthropology Department, Human Remains 
Repository, have also determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), that 
there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably 
traced between the Native American human remains and the Crow Tribe of 
Montana.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Rick L. 
Weathermon, NAGPRA Contact at the University of Wyoming, Department 
3431, Anthropology, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071, 
telephone (307) 766-5136, before April 14, 2011. Repatriation of the 
human remains to the Crow Tribe of Montana may proceed after that date 
if no additional claimants come forward.
    The University of Wyoming Anthropology Department, Human Remains 
Repository, is responsible for notifying the Crow Tribe of Montana that 
this notice has been published.

    Dated: March 9, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-5863 Filed 3-14-11; 8:45 am]
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