[Federal Register: October 9, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 195)]
[Notices]
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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 University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver,
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 University of Denver
Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver, CO.
    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 Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology professional staff in consultation with representatives of
the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs; Colorado
River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Arizona
and California; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the
Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation,
Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo
of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo
of San Juan, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa
Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santo
Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians
of Utah; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation,
Colorado; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; Ute
Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico &
Utah; Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni
Reservation, New Mexico.
    In 1933, human remains representing two individuals (catalog
numbers DU6002 and DU6180) were recovered from San Luis, Costilla
County, CO, by Dr. E.B. Renaud, founder of the University of Denver
Department of Anthropology. No known individuals were identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1938, human remains representing one individual (catalog number
DU1995.1.7a-b) were recovered in or near Great Sand Dunes National
Monument and Preserve, Alamosa and Saguache Counties, CO, by Theodore
Sowers, a graduate of the University of Denver. In 1995, Mr. Sowers'
daughters donated the remains to the museum so that they could be
repatriated. Officials of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National
Park Service, Great Sand Dunes National Monument and Preserve, have
determined that the provenience is insufficient to decide

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that these remains came from Federal land and that the University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology is
responsible for these remains. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1981, human remains representing one individual (catalog number
DU CO Y:6:15) were recovered from site 5AL523, Alamosa County, CO, by
Dr. Jonathan Haas, a member of the University of Denver Department of
Anthropology. The remains were exposed in a road cut on the Bunker
Ranch near the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. No known individual
was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1950, human remains representing one individual (catalog number
DU CO X:16:12) were recovered from site 5CN26, Conejos County, CO, by
an unknown individual. Mercedes Ortiz reported the site although it is
not clear if she removed the remains and took them to the museum. No
known individual was identified. The eight associated funerary objects
are seven Black-on-White sherds and one chipped stone.
    Black-on-White pottery indicates this site is ancestral Puebloan.
The scientific literature provides significant evidence of cultural
affiliation between ancestral Puebloan culture and the Pueblos of
today. Representatives of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, Pueblo of Acoma,
Pueblo of Isleta, Pueblo of Jemez, Zuni Tribe, and Navajo Nation
provided written and oral testimony confirming cultural affiliation of
Puebloan peoples with ancestral Puebloan culture.
    In 1933, human remains representing two individuals (catalog number
DU CO V:9:GEA) were recovered from a site at the edge of McElmo Canyon,
Montezuma County, CO, by Faye Conklin, a graduate of the University of
Denver. Ms. Conklin gave the remains to Dr. E.B. Renaud, of the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology. No known individuals
were identified. The 50 associated funerary objects are 1 Black-on-
White pottery bowl, 1 Black-on-White pottery bowl fragment, 1 Black-on-
White pottery jar fragment, 25 Black-on-White sherds, 3 redware sherds,
1 nonhuman bone, 4 nonhuman bone fragments, 1 piece of wood, 8 pieces
of cordage, 3 beans, and 2 corn kernels.
    Black-on-White pottery indicates this site is ancestral Puebloan.
The scientific literature provides significant evidence of cultural
affiliation between ancestral Puebloan culture and the Pueblos of
today. Representatives of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, Pueblo of Acoma,
Pueblo of Isleta, Pueblo of Jemez, Zuni Tribe, and Navajo Nation
provided written and oral testimony confirming cultural affiliation of
Puebloan peoples with ancestral Puebloan culture.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing one individual
(catalog numbers DU6015 and DU6066) were collected from Dove Creek,
Dolores County, CO, by an unknown individual. In 1943, the remains were
found in the office of Lee A. Brown, a U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Forest Service employee who had been transferred to Washington, D.C. At
that time, Dr. E.B. Renaud, of the University of Denver Department of
Anthropology, was asked to examine the remains; subsequently the
remains were donated to the museum by Fred R. Johnson, who had found
the remains in Mr. Brown's office. No known individual was identified.
No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1978, human remains representing one individual (catalog number
DU UT W:10:2) were recovered from a site in Butler Wash, south of
Bluff, San Juan County, UT, by Mimi Kiser, a former University of
Denver archeology student, who donated the remains to the museum. No
known individual was identified. The 47 associated funerary objects are
1 nonhuman tooth, 1 grass seed, 1 piece of woven cotton fabric, 3
pieces of knotted cordage with what appears to be feathers, 9 cordage
fragments, 4 hoops of fiber, 24 knotted fibers, 1 lot of knotted fiber,
and 3 unidentified organic items.
    Southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah have been identified as
the ancestral territory of the Hopi, Pueblo of Acoma, Pueblo of
Cochiti, Pueblo of Isleta, Pueblo of Jemez, Pueblo of Laguna, Pueblo of
Nambe, Pueblo of Picuris, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of San Felipe,
Pueblo of San Ildefonso, Pueblo of San Juan, Pueblo of Sandia, Pueblo
of Santa Ana, Pueblo of Santa Clara, Pueblo of Santo Domingo, Pueblo of
Taos, Pueblo of Tesuque, Pueblo of Zia, Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, Zuni
Tribe, Skull Valley Ute, Southern Ute, Uintah and Ouray Ute, and Ute
Mountain Ute. Consultation evidence also indicates affiliation with the
Navajo and Jicarilla Apache as well as the Hopi, Pueblo of Acoma,
Pueblo of Cochiti, Pueblo of Isleta, Pueblo of Jemez, Pueblo of Laguna,
Pueblo of Nambe, Pueblo of Picuris, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of San
Felipe, Pueblo of San Ildefonso, Pueblo of San Juan, Pueblo of Sandia,
Pueblo of Santa Ana, Pueblo of Santa Clara, Pueblo of Santo Domingo,
Pueblo of Taos, Pueblo of Tesuque, Pueblo of Zia, Ysleta Del Sur
Pueblo, Zuni Tribe, Skull Valley Ute, Southern Ute, Uintah and Ouray
Ute, and Ute Mountain Ute.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of nine
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology also have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 105 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 University of Denver
Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology 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 Hopi
Tribe of Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the Jicarilla Apache Indian
Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah;
Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico;
Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Juan, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo
of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo
of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New
Mexico; Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah; Southern Ute
Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Ute Indian
Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; Ute Mountain Tribe of
the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah; Ysleta Del
Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New
Mexico.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the U.S. Department of
Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs; Colorado River Indian Tribes of the
Colorado River Indian Reservation, Arizona and California; Hopi Tribe
of Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the Jicarilla Apache Indian
Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah;
Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of

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Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico;
Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico;
Pueblo of San Juan, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Santo Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Skull Valley Band of
Goshute Indians of Utah; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute
Reservation, Colorado; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray
Reservation, Utah; Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation,
Colorado, New Mexico & Utah; Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni
Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact Jan
I. Bernstein, Collections Manager and NAGPRA Coordinator, University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, 2000
Asbury, Sturm Hall S-146, Denver, CO 80208-2406, e-mail
jbernste@du.edu, telephone (303) 871-2543, before November 8, 2001.
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to
the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the Jicarilla
Apache Indian Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New
Mexico & Utah; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San
Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of San
Juan, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana,
New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santo Domingo,
New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of
Utah; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation,
Colorado; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; Ute
Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico &
Utah; Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni
Reservation, New Mexico may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: July 20, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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