[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 140 (Thursday, July 21, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43713-43714]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-18359]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Colorado Museum, 
Boulder, CO

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The University of Colorado Museum has completed an inventory 
of human remains and an associated funerary object, in consultation 
with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined that there is no 
cultural affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary 
object and any present-day Indian tribe. Representatives of any Indian 
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human 
remains and associated funerary object may contact the University of 
Colorado Museum. Disposition of the human remains and associated 
funerary object to the Indian tribes stated below may occur if no 
additional requestors come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains and associated funerary 
object should contact the University of Colorado Museum at the address 
below by August 22, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Steve Lekson, Curator of Anthropology, University of 
Colorado Museum, in care of Jan Bernstein, NAGPRA Consultant, Bernstein 
& Associates, 1041 Lafayette St., Denver, CO 80218, telephone (303) 
894-0648.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 an 
associated funerary object in the possession of the University of 
Colorado Museum, Boulder, CO. The human remains and associated funerary 
object were removed from Weld County, CO.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3) and 
43 CFR 10.11(d). 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 
object. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains and associated funerary 
object was made by University of Colorado Museum professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; 
Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; Cheyenne River 
Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota; Cheyenne 
and Arapaho Tribes, Oklahoma; Comanche Nation, Oklahoma; Crow Tribe of 
Montana; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache Nation, 
New Mexico; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Mescalero Apache Tribe of 
the Mescalero Apache Reservation, New Mexico; Northern Cheyenne Tribe 
of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; Oglala Sioux 
Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota; Pawnee Nation of 
Oklahoma; Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South 
Dakota; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, 
Colorado; Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota;

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Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota; 
Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; and Ute 
Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado New Mexico & 
Utah (hereinafter referred to as ``The Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    On an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from Maxson 1, Site No. 20, N.E. of 
Greeley, Kuner, Weld County, CO, by Asa C. Maxson, an avocational 
archeologist. In February 2008, the human remains (16 teeth) were found 
in the collection during an inventory/computerization project. In July 
2009, an object was identified as being associated with this individual 
during an assessment of the human remains. Mr. Maxson of Longmont, CO, 
created a large archeological collection of items from Arizona, 
Colorado, New Mexico, and Mexico. He donated his collection to the 
museum in 1982. No known individual was identified. The associated 
funerary object is a bird of prey talon that was possibly burned.

Determinations Made by the University of Colorado Museum

    Officials of the University of Colorado Museum have determined 
that:
     Based on heavy dental attrition at a relatively young age 
(18-21 years old) consistent with the introduction of grit into the 
food of a typical Native American diet via the use of manos and 
metates, the human remains are Native American.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), a relationship of shared 
group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and associated funerary object and any present-day Indian 
tribe.
     According to final judgments of the Indian Claims 
Commission, the land from which the Native American human remains and 
associated funerary object were removed is the aboriginal land of the 
Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; Cheyenne and 
Arapaho Tribes, Oklahoma; and Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern 
Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana.
     Multiple lines of evidence, including treaties, Acts of 
Congress, and Executive Orders, indicate that the land from which the 
Native American human remains and associated funerary object were 
removed is the aboriginal land of the Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River 
Reservation, Wyoming, and Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Oklahoma.
     Other credible lines of evidence indicate that the land 
from which the Native American human remains were removed is the 
aboriginal land of the Crow Tribe of Montana.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of one individual of Native 
American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the one object described 
above is 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.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the 
human remains and associated funerary object is to the Arapahoe Tribe 
of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, 
Oklahoma; Crow Tribe of Montana; and Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the 
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
object or any other Indian tribe that believes it satisfies the 
criteria in 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1) should contact Steve Lekson, Curator of 
Anthropology, University of Colorado Museum, in care of Jan Bernstein, 
NAGPRA Consultant, Bernstein & Associates, 1041 Lafayette St., Denver, 
CO 80218, telephone (303) 894-0648, before August 22, 2011. Disposition 
of the human remains and associated funerary object to the Arapahoe 
Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; Cheyenne and Arapaho 
Tribes, Oklahoma; Crow Tribe of Montana; and Northern Cheyenne Tribe of 
the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana, may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The University of Colorado Museum is responsible for notifying The 
Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: July 14, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-18359 Filed 7-20-11; 8:45 am]
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