[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 69 (Wednesday, April 10, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 21400-21401]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-08377]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-12549; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, 
National Park Service, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 
Grand Canyon National Park has completed an inventory of human remains, 
in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined 
that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and 
present-day Indian tribes. Representatives of any Indian tribe that 
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may 
contact Grand Canyon National Park. Repatriation of the human remains 
to the Indian tribes stated below may occur

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if no additional claimants come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Grand Canyon National Park at the address below 
by May 10, 2013.

ADDRESSES: David Uberuaga, Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park, 
P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023, telephone (928) 638-7945.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 
possession of Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon, AZ. The human 
remains were removed from within Grand Canyon National Park, Coconino 
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 
Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Grand Canyon 
National Park professional staff in consultation with representatives 
of the Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation, Arizona; Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona; Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian 
Reservation, Arizona; Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab 
Indian Reservation, Arizona; Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians of the 
Las Vegas Indian Colony, Nevada; Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of the 
Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New 
Mexico, & Utah; Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar Band of Paiutes, 
Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of 
Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes) (formerly Paiute Indian Tribe of 
Utah (Cedar City Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem 
Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of 
Paiutes)); San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona; White Mountain 
Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona; Yavapai-Apache 
Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of 
the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico (hereafter referred to as ``The 
Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1967-1968, human remains representing a minimum of six 
individuals were removed from the Unkar Delta site in Coconino County, 
AZ, during legally authorized excavations by the School of American 
Research under the direction of Douglas W. Schwartz. The human remains 
were curated at the School of American Research until 1980, when they 
were transferred to the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. In 2006, the 
human remains were transferred to Grand Canyon National Park. No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    The Unkar Delta site is a complex of 52 agricultural and habitation 
areas spread across 300 acres. Site architecture, cross-dating, 
ceramics, and tools indicate that the site was occupied between A.D. 
750 and 1200. Three culturally distinct groups of people are 
represented at Unkar Delta--the Virgin and Kayenta branches of the 
ancestral Puebloan peoples and the Cohonina people.
    Architectural similarities, geography, and material culture 
indicate close cultural and historical ties between the ancestral 
Puebloan peoples and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona and Zuni Tribe of the 
Zuni Indian Reservation, New Mexico.
    Archeological assemblages, geography, place names, and oral history 
indicate cultural and historical ties between the inhabitants of the 
Unkar Delta and several of the Southern Paiute tribes (Kaibab Band of 
Paiute Indians, Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians, Moapa Band of Paiute 
Indians, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona, and Shivwits Band 
of Paiutes).
    Geography and oral history indicate close historical ties between 
the inhabitants of the Unkar Delta and the Havasupai Tribe of the 
Havasupai Reservation, Arizona.

Determinations Made by Grand Canyon National Park

    Officials of Grand Canyon National Park have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of six individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     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 Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai 
Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Kaibab Band of Paiute 
Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Arizona; Las Vegas Tribe of 
Paiute Indians of the Las Vegas Indian Colony, Nevada; Moapa Band of 
Paiute Indians of the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada; Paiute 
Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, 
Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits 
Band of Paiutes) (formerly Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar City Band 
of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian 
Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes)); San Juan 
Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact David 
Uberuaga, Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 129, 
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023, telephone (928) 638-7945, before May 10, 2013. 
Repatriation of the human remains to the Havasupai Tribe of the 
Havasupai Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Kaibab Band of 
Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Arizona; Las Vegas 
Tribe of Paiute Indians of the Las Vegas Indian Colony, Nevada; Moapa 
Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada; 
Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of 
Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and 
Shivwits Band of Paiutes) (formerly Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar 
City Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of 
Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes)); 
San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward.
    Grand Canyon National Park is responsible for notifying The Tribes 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: March 11, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-08377 Filed 4-9-13; 8:45 am]
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