[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 196 (Tuesday, October 11, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 62833-62835]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-26153]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Colorado Museum, 
Boulder, CO

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The University of Colorado Museum has completed an inventory 
of human remains and an associated funerary object in consultation with 
the appropriate Indian tribes, and has

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determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the human 
remains and associated funerary object and any present-day Indian 
tribe. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
object may contact the University of Colorado Museum. Disposition of 
the human remains and associated funerary object to the Indian tribes 
stated below may occur if no additional requestors come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains and associated funerary 
object should contact the University of Colorado Museum at the address 
below by November 10, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Steve Lekson, Curator of Anthropology, University of 
Colorado Museum, Campus Box 218, Boulder, CO 80309, telephone (303) 
492-6671.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 an 
associated funerary object in the possession of the University of 
Colorado Museum, Boulder, CO. The human remains and associated funerary 
object were removed from Culberson, El Paso, and Hudspeth Counties, TX.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3) and 
43 CFR 10.11(d). 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 
object. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains and associated funerary 
object was made by the University of Colorado Museum professional staff 
in consultation with representatives of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; 
Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Jicarilla 
Apache Nation, New Mexico; Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero 
Reservation, New Mexico; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, 
New Mexico; San Carlos Apache of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona; 
Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort 
Apache Reservation, Arizona; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni 
Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico (hereinafter referred to as 
``The Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    On an unknown date, human remains (a cremation) representing a 
minimum of one individual were removed from south of Van Horn, 
Culberson County, TX by Joe Ben Wheat, the University of Colorado 
Museum's curator of anthropology from 1953 to 1988. In November 2009, 
the human remains (TIN 0290) were found in the museum collection. The 
human remains have been identified as Jornada Mogollon based on other 
material culture collected from the same location. No known individual 
was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    On an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from either Culberson, El Paso, or Hudspeth 
County, TX by Dr. Wheat, or near Fort Bayard, Grant County, NM by Hugo 
G. Rodeck, the University of Colorado Museum's director from 1939 to 
1971. In November 2009, the human remains (a tooth) (TIN 0091) were 
found in the collection. The human remains have been identified as 
Mogollon- most likely Jornada Mogollon- based on the material culture 
collected from the same location. No known individual was identified. 
No associated funerary objects are present.
    On an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from ``Hueco Mountain area camps 1, 2, 3; Hot 
Wells Section; below Basketmaker caves,'' in El Paso or Hudspeth 
Counties, TX by Dr. Wheat. In November 2009, the human remains (a 
tooth) (TIN 0162) were found in the collection. The human remains have 
been identified as Jornada Mogollon based on the provenience. No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    On an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of three 
individuals were removed from the Hueco Mountains, El Paso and Hudspeth 
Counties, TX by Dr. Wheat. In November 2009, the human remains (a tooth 
(TIN 0195) and two vertebrae (TIN 0257) and (TIN 0458)) were found in 
the collection. The human remains have been identified as Jornada 
Mogollon based on other material culture collected from the same 
location. No known individuals were identified. One funerary object, a 
projectile point, is associated with one of the vertebrae (TIN 0458).
    On an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from Hudspeth County, TX by Dr. Wheat. In 
November 2009, the human remains (a tooth) (TIN 0186) were found in the 
collection. The human remains have been identified as Jornada Mogollon 
based on other material culture collected from the same location. No 
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.

Determinations Made by the University of Colorado Museum

    Officials of the University of Colorado Museum have determined 
that:
     Based on locational information and the material culture 
believed to have come from those same locations, the human remains are 
Native American.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), a relationship of shared 
group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and associated funerary object and any present-day Indian 
tribe.
     According to final judgments of the Indian Claims 
Commission, the land from which the Native American human remains and 
associated funerary object were removed is the aboriginal land of the 
Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Mescalero Apache Tribe of the 
Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; White Mountain Apache Tribe of the 
Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona; and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas.
     Multiple lines of evidence, including treaties, Acts of 
Congress, and Executive Orders, indicate that the land from which the 
Native American human remains and associated funerary object were 
removed is the aboriginal land of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Fort 
Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico; 
Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; San 
Carlos Apache of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona; Tonto Apache 
Tribe of Arizona; and White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache 
Reservation, Arizona.
     Other credible lines of evidence indicate that the land 
from which the Native American human remains and associated funerary 
object were removed is the aboriginal land of the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; and 
Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of seven individuals of Native 
American ancestry.
     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

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at the time of death or later as part of the death rite or ceremony.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the 
human remains and associated funerary object is to the Pueblo of Acoma, 
New Mexico.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
object, or any other Indian tribe that believes it satisfies the 
criteria in 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1) should contact Steve Lekson, Curator of 
Anthropology, University of Colorado Museum, Campus Box 218, Boulder, 
CO 80309, telephone (303) 492-6671, before November 10, 2011. 
Disposition of the human remains and associated funerary object to the 
Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico, may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The University of Colorado Museum is responsible for notifying The 
Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: October 3, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-26153 Filed 10-7-11; 8:45 am]
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