[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 169 (Friday, August 30, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 53783-53784]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-21261]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13720;PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Colorado College, 
Colorado Springs, CO

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Colorado College, in consultation with the appropriate 
Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has determined that the 
cultural items listed in this notice meet the definition of 
unassociated funerary objects. Lineal descendants or representatives of 
any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this 
notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written 
request to the Colorado College. If no additional claimants come 
forward, transfer of control of the cultural items to the lineal 
descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in 
this notice may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
claim these cultural items should submit a written request with 
information in support of the claim to the Colorado College at the 
address in this notice by September 30, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Jermyn Davis, Chief of Staff, President's Office, Colorado 
College, 14 E. Cache La Poudre, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, telephone 
(719) 389-6201, email Davis@ColoradoCollege.edu.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 
U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items under the 
control of the Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, that meet the 
definition of unassociated funerary objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    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 cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Items

    On an unknown date, two cultural items were removed from Morocco 
ruin in Goodyear, Maricopa County, AZ, by an unknown individual. On an 
unknown date, Charles E. Strausenback of Espanola, NM, donated the 
items to the Colorado College Museum. In the late 1960s, the museum was 
closed and these items were placed on long-term loan to the Fine Arts 
Center (formerly known as the Taylor Museum and the Colorado Springs 
Fine Arts Center). According to museum documentation, the site from 
which the items were removed is ``Morrosco Ruins, 30 miles Southwest of 
Phoenix, Arizona.'' According to the Tribal Historic Preservation 
Officer (THPO) at the Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River 
Indian Reservation, Arizona, no site by this name exists. However, 
there is a Morocco Ruin [AZ T:11:106 (Arizona State Museum)], which the 
THPO believes to be the site from which the cultural items were 
removed. Morocco Ruin is a Hohokam Classic period village with a 
probable pre-Classic period component. The two unassociated funerary 
objects are one ceramic cremation jar and one ceramic bowl, which 
served as a lid to the jar.
    On an unknown date, one cultural item was removed from an unknown 
location in southwest Arizona by an unknown individual. On an unknown 
date, the item was acquired by the Colorado College Museum. In the late 
1960s, the museum was closed and this item was placed on long-term loan 
to the Fine Arts Center (formerly known as the Taylor Museum and the 
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center). The one unassociated funerary 
object is a Hohokam ceramic cremation vessel.
    On June 26, 2013, the Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River 
Indian Reservation, Arizona, submitted a repatriation request for the 
three unassociated funerary objects on behalf of itself and the Ak Chin 
Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; 
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River 
Reservation, Arizona; and the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona 
(hereafter referred to as ``The Four Southern Tribes of Arizona''), 
which have a close relationship of shared group identity that can be 
traced historically and prehistorically between

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the Four Southern Tribes of Arizona and the Huhugam. The term Hohokam 
is an English adaption of Huhugam and has become known in the larger 
society as an archeological culture.

Determinations Made by the Colorado College

    Officials of the Colorado College have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the three cultural items 
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 and are believed, by a preponderance of the 
evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native 
American individual.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the 
unassociated funerary objects and the Ak Chin Indian Community of the 
Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila River Indian 
Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River 
Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and the Zuni 
Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim 
these cultural items should submit a written request with information 
in support of the claim to Jermyn Davis, Chief of Staff, President's 
Office, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache La Poudre, Colorado Springs, CO 
80903, telephone (719) 389-6201, email Davis@ColoradoCollege.edu, by 
September 30, 2013. After that date, if no additional claimants have 
come forward, transfer of control of the unassociated funerary objects 
to Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, 
Arizona, may proceed.
    The Colorado College is responsible for notifying the Ak Chin 
Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; 
Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, 
Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian 
Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation 
of Arizona; and the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico, 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: August 6, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-21261 Filed 8-29-13; 8:45 am]
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