[Federal Register: July 24, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 143)]
[Notices]
[Page 38470-38471]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Northern New Mexico in the Possession of the Colorado Springs
Pioneers Museum, Colorado Springs, 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), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the
possession of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Colorado Springs,
CO.

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    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Colorado
Springs Pioneers Museum professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Hopi Tribe, the Pueblo of San Juan, the Pueblo
of Santa Clara, and the Pueblo of Zuni.
    In 1911, human remains representing four individuals were recovered
from the Pesedeuinge Pueblo site in Northern New Mexico during
excavations funded by the El Paso County Pioneer Association on private
land. In 1941, the resulting collection was donated to the Colorado
Springs Pioneers Museum by the El Paso County Pioneer Association. No
known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects can
be identified.
    The Pesedeuinge site has been identified as an Anasazi occupation
site during 1200-1475 AD and 1510-1680 AD based on ceramics, tool
manufacture, and architecture. The oral history of San Juan Pueblo
indicates Pesedeuinge is an ancestral home and was also used as a place
of refuge. Consultation evidence also indicates affiliation with the
Pueblo of Santa Clara, the Pueblo of Zuni, and the Hopi Tribe.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Colorado
Springs Pioneers Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of four individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum have also determined that, pursuant to
25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity
which can be reasonably traced between these Native American human
remains and the Hopi Tribe, the Pueblo of San Juan, the Pueblo of Santa
Clara, and the Pueblo of Zuni.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe, the
Pueblo of San Juan, the Pueblo of Santa Clara, and the Pueblo of Zuni.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact David Ryan, Museum Registrar, Colorado Springs
Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2283;
telephone: (716) 578-6650, before August 23, 1996. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Hopi Tribe, the
Pueblo of San Juan, the Pueblo of Santa Clara, and the Pueblo of Zuni
may begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: July 11, 1996.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist, 
Chief, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 96-18606 Filed 7-23-96; 8:45 am]
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