FR Doc E9-5346[Federal Register: March 12, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 47)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, 
Utah State Office, Bureau of Land Management, Salt Lake City, UT and 
Utah Museum of Natural History, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
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    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 and associated funerary 
objects in the control of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Utah 
State Office, Bureau of Land Management, Salt Lake City, UT, and in the 
possession of the Utah Museum of Natural History, University of Utah, 
Salt Lake City, UT. The human remains and associated funerary objects 
were removed from Kane County, UT.
    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 human remains and associated funerary objects. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Utah Museum 
of Natural History, University of Utah, and Utah State Office, Bureau 
of Land Management professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, 
Nevada and Utah; Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the Duckwater Reservation, 
Nevada; Ely Shoshone Tribe of Nevada; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Kaibab 
Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Arizona; Moapa 
Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada; 
Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Northwestern Band of 
Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie); Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico; Paiute 
Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar City Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of 
Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and 
Shivwits Band of Paiutes); Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of 
Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo 
of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo 
of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa 
Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, 
New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; 
San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona; Shoshone Tribe of the Wind 
River Reservation, Wyoming; Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall 
Reservation of Idaho; Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley 
Reservation, Nevada; Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah; 
Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; 
Te-Moak Tribes of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada (Four constituent 
bands: Battle Mountain Band, Elko Band, South Fork Band and Wells 
Band); Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; Ute 
Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & 
Utah; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico.
    In 1962 and 1963, human remains representing a minimum of four 
individuals were removed from site 42Ka1076, the Bonanza Dune site, in 
Kane County, UT, as part of the University of Utah's archeological 
field schools. The human remains and associated funerary objects were 
subsequently accessioned into the Utah Museum of Natural History. No 
known individuals were identified. The 41 associated funerary objects 
are 1 Shinarump Brown jar, 1 Black Mesa B/

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W bowl, 1 North Creek Gray jar, 1 jar, 1 bowl, 1 projectile point, 1 
stone, 3 Shinarump sherds, and 31 sherds. The following 21 objects were 
also identified in museum records and the excavation report as being 
associated with the human remains, but the museum could not verify 
their current location: 19 stones, 1 North Creek Gray ladle, and 1 
sherd.
    The three reported burials are associated with the Virgin Anasazi. 
A report on the site excavation discusses the three burials; it is not 
clear whether the fourth set of human remains came from one of these 
burials or from some other location in the site. However, it is 
reasonably believed that the fourth burial listed in the museum records 
would have the same cultural affiliation since that is the primary 
cultural sequence noted at the site.
    The Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico; Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; and San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona have all made 
generalized claims for a relationship with the Virgin Anasazi peoples 
in southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona. Archeological evidence 
indicates that Virgin Anasazi peoples began to leave the area by A.D. 
1150, and abandoned most locations shortly after A.D. 1200. Some 
evidence suggests that Paiute ancestors entered the region or at least 
were in contact with Virgin Anasazi peoples by A.D. 1150, but there is 
a distinct archeological record showing two separate occupations by two 
peoples, and evidence for a direct relationship between Virgin Anasazi 
peoples and present-day Paiutes has not been shown. Cultural continuity 
from Basketmaker through Puebloan times and into the present shows 
cultural continuity of Virgin Anasazi (and other Anasazi expressions) 
with extant Puebloans. Based on general evidence, extant Puebloan 
tribes are culturally affiliated to Virgin Anasazi at some general 
level. There is specific evidence, especially oral tradition and 
folklore, with support from archeology and other lines of evidence, to 
link the Hopi Tribe of Arizona directly to Virgin Anasazi culture by a 
simple preponderance of the evidence.
    Officials of the Utah State Office, Bureau of Land Management have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains 
described above represent the physical remains of four individuals of 
Native American ancestry. Officials of the Utah State Office, Bureau of 
Land Management also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 
(3)(A), the 41 objects described 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 Utah State Office, Bureau of Land Management have determined that, 
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 associated funerary objects and the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Dr. Byron Loosle, Utah State NAGPRA Coordinator, 
BLM Utah State Office, P.O. Box 45155, 440 West 200 South, Suite 600, 
Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0155, telephone (801) 539-4276, before April 
13, 2009. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary 
objects to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The Utah State Office, Bureau of Land Management is responsible for 
notifying the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Nevada 
and Utah; Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the Duckwater Reservation, 
Nevada; Ely Shoshone Tribe of Nevada; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Kaibab 
Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Arizona; Moapa 
Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada; 
Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Northwestern Band of 
Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie); Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico; Paiute 
Indian Tribe of Utah; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, 
New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of 
Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San 
Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of 
Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa 
Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, 
New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; 
San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona; Shoshone Tribe of the Wind 
River Reservation, Wyoming; Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall 
Reservation of Idaho; Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley 
Reservation, Nevada; Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah; 
Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; 
Te-Moak Tribes of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada; Ute Indian Tribe 
of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute 
Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah; Ysleta del Sur 
Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: January 26, 2009.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-5346 Filed 3-11-09; 8:45 am]

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