[Federal Register: March 27, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 59)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects From Colorado in the Possession of the
Anasazi Heritage Center, Bureau of Land Management, Dolores, CO

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains and
associated funerary objects from Colorado in the possession of the
Anasazi Heritage Center, Bureau of Land Management, Dolores, CO.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Bureau of
Land Management professional staff in consultation with representatives
of the Northern Ute Tribe of Colorado, the Southern Ute Tribe, and the
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado.
    In 1981, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from Site 5MT5380, Montezuma County during legally authorized
excavations. No known individual was identified. The 2,249 associated
funerary objects include glass beads, metal objects, leather objects,
and a fabric fragment.
    In 1981, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from Site 5MT5399, Montezuma County during legally authorized
excavations. No known individual was identified. The 756 associated
funerary objects include glass beads, wood and metal pieces, and bone
pendants.
    These individuals have been identified as Native American based on
dental characteristics. Sites 5MT5380 and 5MT5399 have been identified
as burial sites from the mid- to late nineteenth century based on
associated funerary objects and crevice burial. Archeological and
ethnohistoric evidence indicates these are Ute burials based on manner
of internment, location of the burials, and associated funerary
objects. Consultation evidence provided by representatives of the
Northern Ute Tribe of Colorado, the Southern Ute Tribe, and the Ute
Mountain Ute Tribe indicates these are Ute burials based on historic
band locations, traditional burial practices, and bead manufacture.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials 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 two individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Bureau
of Land Management have also determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C.
3001 (3)(A), the 3,005 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 Bureau of Land Management have determined that, pursuant to 25
U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity which
can be reasonably traced between these Native American human remains
and associated funerary objects and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of
Colorado.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Northern Ute Tribe of
Colorado, the Southern Ute Tribe, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of
Colorado. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and
associated funerary objects should contact LouAnn Jacobson, Director,
Anasazi Heritage Center, 27501 Highway 184, Dolores, CO 81323;
telephone: (970) 882-4811, before April 28, 1997. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Ute Mountain Ute
Tribe of Colorado may begin after that date if no additional claimants
come forward.

Dated: March 19, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-7796 Filed 3-26-97; 8:45 am]
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