[Federal Register: April 2, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 63)]
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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 Control of the U.S. Department
of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office,
Santa Fe, NM

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 control of the U.S. Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office, Santa Fe, NM.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the
University of Colorado Museum, Eastern New Mexico University, the
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology (University of New Mexico), the New
Mexico State University Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, the San Juan
County Museum, and Bureau of Land Management professional staff in
consultation with representatives of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; the
Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah; the Pueblo of Acoma, New
Mexico; the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Isleta, New
Mexico; the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Zia, New
Mexico; and the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation.
    In 1915, human remains representing three individuals were
recovered from two archeological sites in Gobernador Canyon and Adams
Canyon in northwestern New Mexico during legally-authorized excavations
and collections by Earl Morris of the University of Colorado and the
American Museum of Natural History. These human remains are presently
curated at the University of Colorado Museum. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on material culture, architecture, and site organization, the
Gobernador Canyon site and the Adams Canyon site have been identified
as a Navajo pueblito and hogans occupied between C.E. 1500-1750.
    In 1941, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from site LA 11171 in New Mexico during legally-authorized excavations
and collections by E.T. Hall of Columbia University. These human
remains are presently curated by the Museum of New Mexico. No known
individual was identified. The 13 associated funerary objects are
pottery sherds and chipped stone.
    Based on material culture, site LA 11171 has been identified as an
18th century Navajo burial.
    During 1959-1965, human remains representing one individual were
recovered from site LA 54175 in New Mexico during legally authorized
excavations and collections by the Museum of New Mexico as part of the
Navajo Reservoir Project. These human remains are presently curated by
the Museum of New Mexico. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on material culture, site LA 54175 has been identified as a
cave with an historic-period Navajo utilization.
    Continuities of ethnographic materials, technology, and
architecture indicate affiliation of the four sites listed above with
the historic and present-day Navajo Nation. Oral traditions presented
by representatives of the Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah
support cultural affiliation with these four sites in New Mexico.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the New
Mexico State Office 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 a minimum of five individuals of
Native American ancestry. Officials of the New Mexico State Office of
the Bureau of Land Management also have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 13 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 New Mexico State Office of the Bureau of Land Management have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship
of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between these
Native American human remains and associated funerary objects and the
Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. This notice has been sent
to officials of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; the Navajo Nation, Arizona,
New Mexico, and Utah; the Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; the Pueblo of
Jemez, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; the Pueblo of San
Ildefonso, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; and the Zuni
Tribe of the Zuni Reservation. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains and associated funerary objects should contact Stephen L.
Fosberg, State Archeologist and NAGPRA Coordinator, New Mexico State
Office, Bureau of Land Management, 1474 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87502-
0115, telephone (505) 438-7415, before May 2, 2001. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Navajo Nation,
Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 16, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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