[Federal Register: July 2, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 127)]
[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 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 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 the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology professional staff in consultation with representatives of
the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River
Reservation, Wyoming; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche
Indian Tribe, Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla
Apache Tribe of the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, New Mexico;
and Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma.
    Some time between the 1920s and the 1950s, human remains
representing two individuals were recovered from Mitchell County, TX,
by N.J. Vaughn, who subsequently deposited them in the University of
Denver Museum of Anthropology. No known individuals were identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    The physical anthropological characteristics of these remains and
the manner of collection indicate that these remains are Native
American. Collections documentation is nonexistent concerning possible
dates, cultural affiliation(s), or the precise circumstances under
which these Native American human remains were found.
    The ``Indian Land Areas Judicially Established 1978 Map'' indicates
the legal claim to land based upon traditional use for the Eastern
Apache, Kiowa, and Comanche. The ``Early Indian Tribes, Culture Areas,
and Linguistic Stocks Map'' establishes the presence of the Comanche,
Kiowa, and Wichita. Representatives of the Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind
River Reservation, Wyoming; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Fort
Sill Apache; and Jicarilla Apache presented oral testimony that
confirmed their presence in Mitchell County, TX.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology

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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 two individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
the University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology also 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 Apache Tribe
of Oklahoma; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming;
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma;
Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the
Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, New Mexico; Kiowa Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma; and Wichita and Affiliated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi, Waco &
Tawakonie), Oklahoma.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Apache Tribe of
Oklahoma; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming;
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma;
Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the
Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, New Mexico; Kiowa Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma; and Wichita and Affiliated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi, Waco &
Tawakonie), Oklahoma. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
should contact Jan I. Bernstein, Collections Manager and NAGPRA
Coordinator, University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum
of Anthropology, 2000 Asbury, Sturm Hall S-146, Denver, CO 80208-2406,
e-mail jbernste@du.edu, telephone (303) 871-2543, before August 1,
2001. Repatriation of the human remains to the Apache Tribe of
Oklahoma; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming;
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma;
Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the
Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, New Mexico; Kiowa Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma; and Wichita and Affiliated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi, Waco &
Tawakonie), Oklahoma may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: June 8, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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