[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 69 (Wednesday, April 10, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 21404-21405]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-08378]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-12550;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 
and associated funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate 
Indian tribes, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation 
between the human remains and associated funerary objects and present-
day Indian tribes. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes 
itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains and 
associated funerary objects may contact Grand Canyon National Park. 
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to 
the Indian tribes stated below may occur 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 and 
associated funerary objects in the possession of Grand Canyon National 
Park, Grand Canyon, AZ. The human remains and associated funerary 
objects 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 1970, human remains representing a minimum of two individuals 
were removed from the Bright Angel site in Coconino County, AZ, during 
legally authorized excavations under the direction of Douglas W. 
Schwartz on behalf of the School of American Research. No known 
individuals were identified. The human remains were curated at Arizona 
State University until 2008, when they were returned to Grand Canyon 
National Park. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1977, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from AZ B:16:85 in Coconino County, AZ, during legally 
authorized excavations by former Grand Canyon anthropologist Robert C. 
Euler. The human remains and associated funerary objects were curated 
by the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ until 1986, when they were 
transferred to Grand Canyon National Park. No known individuals were 
identified. The 12 associated funerary objects are 1 bag of yucca 
cordage, 1 vegetal fiber cordage net, 1 bag of juniper bark, 5 basketry

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fragments, 1 fragment of a Deadman's Black-on-red ceramic bowl, and 3 
Tusayan Gray Ware sherds.
    AZ B:16:85 is a rock crevice likely associated with the nearby 
Bright Angel site, dated between A.D. 1050 and 1140.
    In 1982, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from the Bright Angel site in Coconino County, AZ, during 
legally authorized excavations by former Grand Canyon anthropologist 
Robert C. Euler. No known individuals were identified. Some of the 
human remains were first held at the School of American Research, 
transferred to the National Park Service's Western Archeological and 
Conservation Center in Tucson, AZ, in 1989, and then transferred to 
Grand Canyon National Park in 2006. The rest have been held at Grand 
Canyon National Park since excavation. The funerary objects were 
transferred from Robert C. Euler to Grand Canyon National Park in 1986. 
The 13 associated funerary objects are 1 Tusayan corrugated ceramic 
jar, 1 incomplete olivella shell bead, and 11 stone beads.
    Site architecture, ceramic typology, cross-dating, and tools 
indicate that the site was occupied by ancestral Puebloan peoples 
between A.D. 1050 and 1140.
    Architectural similarities, material culture, geography, and oral 
histories 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.

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 four individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 25 objects described 
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.
     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 associated funerary objects and the Hopi 
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 and associated funerary 
objects 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 and 
associated funerary objects to the Hopi 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. 2013-08378 Filed 4-9-13; 8:45 am]
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