[Federal Register: February 9, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 28)]
[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 in the Control of the U.S. Department 
of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office, Santa 
Fe, NM

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 U.S. Department of Interior, 
Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office, Santa Fe, NM.
    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 the 
University of Colorado Museum, Eastern New Mexico University, the 
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology (University of New Mexico), the New 
Mexico State University Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, the San Juan 
County Museum, and Bureau of Land Management professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; the 
Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah; the Pueblo of Acoma, New 
Mexico; the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Isleta, New 
Mexico; the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Zia, New 
Mexico; and the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation.
    In 1981, human remains representing eight individuals were 
recovered from site LA 282 in New Mexico during legally authorized 
excavations and collections conducted by the Archeological Field School 
of the University of New Mexico. These human remains are presently 
curated at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New 
Mexico. No known individuals are identified. The 11 associated funerary 
objects are pottery bowls and sherds.
    Based on material culture, architecture, and site organization, 
site LA 282 has been identified as an Anasazi pueblo occupied between 
C.E. 1300-1600.
    Continuities of ethnographic materials, technology, and 
architecture indicate affiliation of Anasazi sites in this area of New 
Mexico with historic and present-day Puebloan cultures. Oral traditions 
presented by representatives of the Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico 
indicate cultural affiliation with the Anasazi sites in this portion of 
New Mexico.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the New 
Mexico State Office of the Bureau of Land Management have determined 
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above 
represent the physical remains of eight individuals of Native American 
ancestry. Officials of the New Mexico State Office of the Bureau of 
Land Management also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 
(d)(2), the 11 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 New Mexico State Office of the Bureau of Land Management 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 associated funerary objects and the 
Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas. This 
notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; the 
Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah; the Pueblo of Acoma, New 
Mexico; the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Isleta, New 
Mexico; the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Zia, New 
Mexico; and the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation. Representatives of 
any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated 
with these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact 
Stephen L. Fosberg, State Archeologist and NAGPRA Coordinator, New 
Mexico State Office, Bureau of Land

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Management, 1474 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87502-0115, telephone (505) 
438-7415, before March 12, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains and 
associated funerary objects to the Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; and 
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas may begin after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: January 25, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.