[Federal Register: May 28, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 103)]
[Notices]
[Page 29066-29067]
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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 Delta County
Historical Society Museum, Delta, 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 Delta County Historical
Society Museum, Delta, CO.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Delta County
Historical Society professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Unitah and Ouray
Reservation.
    In 1965, human remains representing one individual were removed
from a site near Robidoux Creek, Uncompahgre Valley, Delta County, CO
by William Davis. In 1965, these human remains were donated to the
Delta County Historical Society. No known individuals were identified.
The two associated funerary objects include a cradleboard of willow
construction and a woven grass mat.

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    Based on the manner of interment, the associated funerary objects,
and the condition of the remains, this individual has been identified
as Native American from the historic period. Prior to 1881, the site
from which the human remains were recovered was a known grave area of
the Uncompahgre Band of the Ute Nation. After 1881, all Ute Bands
relocated to their present reservations. No other Indian tribes are
known to have inhabited the Uncompahgre Valley during the historic
period.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Delta
County Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Delta
County Historical Society have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(2), the two 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 Delta County Historical Society have determined that, pursuant
to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), 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 Indian Tribe of the
Unitah and Ouray Reservation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Ute Indian Tribe of
the Unitah and Ouray Reservation, and the Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute
Mountain Reservation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary objects should contact James K. Wetzel,
Curator, Delta County Historical Society Museum, 251 Meeker Street,
Delta, CO; telephone: (970) 874-8721, before June 28, 1999.
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to
the Ute Indian Tribe of the Unitah and Ouray Reservation may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: May 13, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-13598 Filed 5-27-99; 8:45 am]
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