[Federal Register: September 12, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 177)]
[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 Sandoval County, NM in the Control
of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior,
Washington, DC and in the Possession of the University of Denver
Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver, CO

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 in the control of the Bureau of Indian Affairs,
Department of the Interior, Washington, DC, and in the possession of
the University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology, Denver, CO.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University
of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology
professional staff, a contract physical anthropologist, and the New
Mexico State Archaeologist, in consultation with representatives of the
Pueblo of Jemez, the Pueblo of Acoma, and the Pueblo of Zia.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing one individual were
recovered by an unknown individual from Old Zia Pueblo, Sandoval
County, New Mexico, within the exterior boundaries of the Zia Pueblo
reservation. According to an account written by Theodore Sowers, Ray
Salas, Governor of the Pueblo of Zia, gave the remains to Mr. Sowers in
the late 1930's or early 1940's, although the circumstances under which
this transfer occurred are not described. It is not clear whether Mr.
Salas was acting in his capacity as an elected Tribal official when he
gave the remains to Mr. Sowers. Mr. Sowers was a graduate of the
University of Denver, and, in 1995, his daughters donated the remains
to the University of Denver so that they could be repatriated. The
identity of this individual is not known. There are no associated
funerary objects.
    Oral history, archeological evidence, and ethnohistoric documents
have identified Old Zia as a group of four abandoned villages that were
occupied by the Zia people from approximately A.D. 1250 to 1800. Upon
the abandonment of these villages, their occupants moved to the
remaining village, which is the present-day Pueblo of Zia. These
remains came from one of the four Old Zia sites, but it is impossible
to determine which site. The cultural, social, linguistic, and historic
continuity of affiliation between the Pueblo of Zia and people of Old
Zia is attested by evidence from oral history presented during the
consultations, and supported by the ethnological data and historic
accounts of the Spanish colonizers.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of one
individual of Native American ancestry. Also, officials of the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there
is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably
traced between these Native American human remains and the Pueblo of
Zia.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Pueblo of Jemez, the
Pueblo of Acoma, the Pueblo of Zia, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact Jan I. Bernstein, Collections

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Manager and NAGPRA Coordinator, University of Denver Museum of
Anthropology, 2000 Asbury, Sturm Hall S-146, Denver, CO 80218-2406,
email jbernste@du.edu, telephone (303) 871-2543, before October 12,
2000. Repatriation of the human remains to the Pueblo of Zia may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: August 22, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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