[Federal Register: November 25, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 227)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from New Mexico in the Possession of
the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology,
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects from New Mexico in the possession of the Museum of
Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New
Mexico, Santa Fe, NM.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Museum of
Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology professional staff
in consultation with representatives of the Pueblo of Nambe, the Pueblo
of Pojoaque, the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, the Pueblo of San Juan, the
Pueblo of Santa Clara, and the Pueblo of Tesuque.
    In 1952, human remains representing 38 individuals were removed
from Cuyamungue Pueblo (LA 38) during legally authorized excavations
conducted by Museum of New Mexico staff. No known individuals were
identified. The five associated funerary objects include a cotton
textile fragment, two ceramic vessels, a cache of burned macro
botanical remains, and a necklace of shell and turquoise beads.
    Based on archeological evidence, Spanish Colonial documents,
geographic location, continuity of occupation, and oral history
presented during consultation by representatives of the pueblo listed
above, Cuyamungue Pueblo (LA 38) has been identified as a puebloan
village occupied from the Anasazi PIII period (1100-1300 A.D.) until
the Pueblo Revolt of 1696. Historical documents and oral history
indicates Cuyamungue Pueblo was

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abandoned and the survivors were absorbed by the pueblos of Nambe,
Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara, and Tesuque.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Museum
of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology have determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above
represent the physical remains of 38 individuals of Native American
ancestry. Officials of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory
of Anthropology have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2), the five objects listed 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 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship
of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced between these
Native American human remains and associated funerary objects and the
Pueblo of Nambe, the Pueblo of Pojoaque, the Pueblo of San Ildefonso,
the Pueblo of San Juan, the Pueblo of Santa Clara, and the Pueblo of
Tesuque.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Pueblo of Nambe, the
Pueblo of Pojoaque, the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, the Pueblo of San
Juan, the Pueblo of Santa Clara, and the Pueblo of Tesuque.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact Patricia House, Director, Museum of Indian Arts
and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, P.O. Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM
87504; telephone: (505) 827-6344, before December 28, 1998.
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to
the Pueblo of Nambe, the Pueblo of Pojoaque, the Pueblo of San
Ildefonso, the Pueblo of San Juan, the Pueblo of Santa Clara, and the
Pueblo of Tesuque may begin after that date if no additional claimants
come forward.
Dated: November 17, 1998.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-31486 Filed 11-25-98; 8:45 am]
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