FR Doc E9-4681[Federal Register: March 5, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 42)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Arizona State University, School 
of Human Evolution & Social Change, Tempe, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
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    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 in the control of the 
Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution & Social Change 
(formerly the Department of Anthropology), Tempe, AZ. The human remains 
were removed from the vicinity of the New River Dam, Maricopa 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 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Arizona 
State University, School of Human Evolution & Social Change 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of 
the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.
    In 1981, human remains representing a minimum of three individuals 
were removed from Site AZ T:08:0001 (ASU) (NA 16, 757), Maricopa 
County, AZ, by Museum of Northern Arizona staff during research for the 
New River Dam Site that was being sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers. The cremated human remains were removed from the site during 
test excavations. No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    In 1981, human remains representing a minimum of two individuals 
were removed from Site AZ T:08:0023 (ASU) (NA 16, 759), Maricopa 
County, AZ, by Museum of Northern Arizona staff during research for the 
New River Dam Site that was being sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers. The cremated remains were removed from contexts exposed on 
the surface during test excavations. No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1981, human remains representing a minimum of six individuals 
were removed from site AZ T:08:0024 (ASU) (NA 16, 760), Maricopa 
County, AZ, by Museum of Northern Arizona staff during research for the 
New River Dam Site that was being sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers. The human remains were removed from cremation contexts 
during test excavations. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    The human remains from the three sites were recovered as part of 
archeological investigations at the New River Dam Site by the Museum of 
Northern Arizona staff under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers. The project collection is curated at the Arizona State 
University, School of Human Evolution & Social Change under agreement 
with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
is not responsible for this collection.
    Occupation of the three sites dates to the Late Colonial and 
Sedentary Periods (A.D. 800-1150). Based on the burial practice of 
cremation and the age of the sites, the human remains are affiliated 
with the archeologically defined Hohokam culture. Descendants of the 
Hohokam culture are the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of 
Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.
    Officials of the Arizona State University have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above 
represent the physical remains of 11 individuals of Native American 
ancestry. Officials of the Arizona State University also have 
determined that, 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 the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. 
Arleyn Simon, School of Human Evolution & Social Change, Arizona State 
University, Box 872402, Tempe, AZ 85287-2402, telephone (480) 965-9231, 
before April 6, 2009. Repatriation of the human remains to the Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of 
the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The School of Human Evolution & Social Change is responsible for 
notifying the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; 
and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico, that this notice 
has been published.

    Dated: February 20, 2009.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-4681 Filed 3-5-09; 8:45 am]

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