[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 69 (Wednesday, April 10, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 21405-21406]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-08381]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-12548; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, 
National Park Service, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 
Grand Canyon National Park has completed an inventory of human remains 
and associated funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate 
Indian tribes, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation 
between the human remains and associated funerary objects and present-
day Indian tribes. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes 
itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains and 
associated funerary objects may contact Grand Canyon National Park. 
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to 
the Indian tribes stated below may occur if no additional claimants 
come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Grand Canyon National Park at the address below 
by May 10, 2013.

ADDRESSES: David Uberuaga, Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park, 
P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023, telephone (928) 638-7945.

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 
associated funerary objects in the possession of Grand Canyon National 
Park, Grand Canyon, AZ. The human remains and associated funerary 
objects were removed from within Grand Canyon National Park, Coconino 
County, AZ.
    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 
Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Grand Canyon 
National Park professional staff in consultation with representatives 
of the Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation, Arizona; Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona; Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian 
Reservation, Arizona; Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab 
Indian Reservation, Arizona; Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians of the 
Las Vegas Indian Colony, Nevada; Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of the 
Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New 
Mexico, & Utah; Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar Band of Paiutes, 
Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of 
Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes) (formerly 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)); San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona; White Mountain 
Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona; Yavapai-Apache 
Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of 
the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico (hereafter referred to as ``The 
Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1969, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from site AZ B:16:103 in Coconino County, AZ, during 
legally authorized excavations by Robert Cornelius. No known 
individuals were identified. The two associated funerary objects are 
one Deadman's Black-on-red ceramic bowl and one Dogozshi Black-on-white 
ceramic canteen.
    Site architecture and associated funerary objects indicate that the 
site was occupied by ancestral Puebloan peoples, and the human remains 
were buried between A.D. 1050 and 1150.
    In 1969-1970, human remains representing a minimum of four

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individuals were removed from Walhalla Ruin in Coconino County, AZ, 
during legally authorized excavations by the School of American 
Research under the direction of Douglas W. Schwartz. The human remains 
and associated funerary objects were first stored at the School of 
American Research, transferred to the National Park Service's Western 
Archeological and Conservation Center in Tucson, AZ, in 1989, and then 
transferred to Grand Canyon National Park in 2006. No known individuals 
were identified. The 103 associated funerary objects are 1 Walhalla 
Black-on-white bowl; 2 Tusayan Black-on-red jars; 1 Citadel Polychrome 
bowl; 1 Tusayan White Ware jar with handle; 1 Shinarump corrugated jar; 
2 cores; 48 flakes; 1 projectile point; 1 bead bracelet; 4 Middleton 
Polychrome sherds; 2 Flagstaff Black-on-white bowls; 1 Virgin Black-on-
white jar with two handles; 1 Tusayan corrugated pitcher; 1 Sosi Black-
on-white pitcher; 1 Dogoszhi Black-on-white pitcher; 1 Holbrook Black-
on-white bowl; 2 Walhalla corrugated jars, each with one handle; 1 
Walnut Black-on-white seed jar; 1 Walnut Black-on-white bowl; 2 
fragments of a rectangular stone ornament; 26 sherds; 1 bag of 
fragmentary mammal bones; and 1 mano.
    Walhalla Ruin is part of a larger complex of hundreds of sites 
located on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Site architecture, cross-
dating, ceramic typology, dendrochronology, and tools found at the site 
indicate that Walhalla Ruin was occupied by ancestral Puebloan peoples 
between A.D. 1050 and 1150.
    In 1969-1970, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from GC 671 in Coconino County, AZ, during 
legally authorized excavations conducted by Southern Utah University 
under the direction of Richard A. Thompson. The human remains were 
curated at Southern Utah University until 1996, when they were 
transferred to Grand Canyon National Park. No known individuals were 
identified. The three associated funerary objects are one worked and 
drilled bowl fragment (Sosi black-on-white), one plain gray jar, and 
one mano fragment.
    Site architecture, ceramics, and flaked stone tools indicate that 
the site was occupied by ancestral Puebloan peoples between A.D. 1000 
and 1300.
    In 1976-1977, human remains representing a minimum of six 
individuals were removed from GC 663 in Coconino County, AZ, during 
legally authorized excavations by the Southern Utah University 
Archeological Field School under the direction of Richard A. Thompson. 
The human remains were curated at Southern Utah University until 1996, 
when they were transferred to Grand Canyon National Park. No known 
individuals were identified. The three associated funerary objects are 
one partial small ceramic jar, one ceramic sherd, and one ceramic bowl 
fragment with rim.
    Site architecture and associated funerary objects suggest that GC 
663 was occupied by ancestral Puebloan peoples between A.D. 400 and 
1300.
    In 1977, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from AZ C:13:85 in Coconino County, AZ, during legally 
authorized excavations by former Grand Canyon anthropologist Robert C. 
Euler. No known individuals were identified. The three associated 
funerary objects are one Tusayan Black-on-red ceramic seed jar, one 
Black-on-white ceramic bowl fragment, and one Tusayan corrugated wide-
mouth ceramic jar.
    The associated funerary objects indicate that this individual was 
buried between A.D. 1050 and 1150.
    Architectural similarities, material culture, geography, and oral 
histories indicate close cultural and historical ties between the 
ancestral Puebloan peoples and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona and Zuni Tribe 
of the Zuni Indian Reservation, New Mexico.
    Archeological assemblages, geography, place names, and oral history 
indicate cultural and historical ties between the inhabitants of these 
sites and several of the Southern Paiute tribes (Kaibab Band of Paiute 
Indians, Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians, Moapa Band of Paiute 
Indians, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes).

Determinations Made by Grand Canyon National Park

    Officials of Grand Canyon National Park have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 13 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 114 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.
     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; Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian 
Reservation, Arizona; Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians of the Las 
Vegas Indian Colony, Nevada; Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa 
River Indian Reservation, Nevada; Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar 
Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, 
Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes) (formerly 
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)); and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New 
Mexico.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact David Uberuaga, Superintendent, Grand Canyon 
National Park, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023, telephone (928) 
638-7945, before May 10, 2013. Repatriation of the human remains and 
associated funerary objects to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Kaibab Band 
of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Arizona; Las Vegas 
Tribe of Paiute Indians of the Las Vegas Indian Colony, Nevada; Moapa 
Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada; 
Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of 
Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and 
Shivwits Band of Paiutes) (formerly 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)); 
and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    Grand Canyon National Park is responsible for notifying The Tribes 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: March 11, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-08381 Filed 4-9-13; 8:45 am]
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