[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 149 (Thursday, August 2, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 46116-46117]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18931]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-10824; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, 
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology has completed an inventory 
of human remains in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribe, and 
has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human 
remains and a present-day Indian tribe. Representatives of any Indian 
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human 
remains may contact the Maxwell Museum. Repatriation of the human 
remains to the Indian tribe stated below may occur if no additional 
claimants come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the Maxwell 
Museum of Anthropology at the address below by September 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Heather Edgar, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, MSC01 1050, 
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, telephone (505) 277-
4415.

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 in the 
possession of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New 
Mexico. The human remains were removed from the Paa-ko Pueblo site in 
Bernalillo County, NM.
    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 cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Maxwell 
Museum of Anthropology and San Diego Museum of Man professional staff 
in consultation with representatives of the Pueblo of Santa Ana, New 
Mexico.

History and Description of the Cultural Items

    From 1935 to 1937, human remains representing, at minimum, three 
individuals were removed from the Paa-ko Pueblo site (LA 162) in 
Bernalillo County, NM. The Paa-ko skeletal collection was acquired 
through field excavations under the direction of Edgar L. Hewett along 
with the Museum of New Mexico and the University of New Mexico, working 
in cooperation with the Federal Works Progress Administration. These 
human remains are in the possession of the San Diego Museum of Man but 
are under the control of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University 
of New Mexico. No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    In 1949, human remains representing, at minimum, two individuals 
were removed by the University of New Mexico (UNM) during an 
archaeological field school at the Paa-ko Pueblo site (LA 162) in 
Bernalillo County, NM. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    The Paa-ko site is believed to have had two periods of occupation, 
from approximately A.D. 1300 to 1425 and then again from approximately 
A.D. 1525 to 1626 or later, the latter period coinciding with the 
arrival of the Spanish in this region. Documented evidence, material 
culture, and ethnographical accounts show that the inhabitants of the 
Paa-ko Pueblo site, during both periods of its occupation, were members 
of the early Tamayame people, ancestors to the current Native American 
people of the Pueblo of Santa Ana. Oral tradition of the modern 
Tamayame, or people of the Pueblo of Santa Ana, ethnographical 
accounts, and documented archaeological evidence reasonably suggest a 
line of continued shared group identity between the early archaic 
peoples of the Southwest, the later Anasazi (or Ancestral Puebloan or 
Hisatsinom), the Keres people and their branch of early Tamayame 
(people of Tamaya, a.k.a. Santa Ana) people, and the modern Native 
American inhabitants of the Pueblo of Santa Ana.

Determinations Made by the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University 
of New Mexico

    Officials of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New 
Mexico have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of five individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     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 Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Heather 
Edgar, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, MSC01 1050, University of New 
Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, telephone (505) 277-4415 before 
September 4, 2012. Repatriation of the human remains to the Pueblo of 
Santa Ana, New Mexico, may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward.
    The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, is 
responsible for notifying the Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico that this 
notice has been published.


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    Dated: July 11, 2012.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-18931 Filed 8-1-12; 8:45 am]
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