[Federal Register: October 3, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 193)]
[Notices]
[Page 51718]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
From White Pine County, NV, and Churchill County, NV, in the Control of
the Nevada State Office, Bureau of Land Management, Reno, NV

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
control of the Nevada State Office, Bureau of Land Management, Reno,
NV.
    A detailed inventory and assessment of the human remains has been
made by the Nevada State Museum professional staff and Bureau of Land
Management officials in consultation with the Fallon-Shoshone Paiute
Tribe and the Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone.
    In 1940, human remains representing two individuals were recovered
during legally authorized excavations from the Grimes Point Site. No
known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects were
present.
    The Grimes Point Site has been identified as a the Late Archaic
Period (after 1000 AD) occupation based on projectile point morphology.
Historical documents and ethnographic sources indicate that the Paiute
people have occupied this area since precontact times. Oral tradition
presented by tribal representatives during consultation further
supports this evidence.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Bureau
of Land Management have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of two individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Bureau
of Land Management 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 human remains and the Fallon-Shoshone
Paiute Tribe.
    In 1990, human remains representing one individual were turned over
to the Bureau of Land Management by the White Pine County Coroner.
These remains were recovered from public lands without authorization by
a private citizen. No known individuals were identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    The remains were found approximately seven miles north of Antelope
Summit in White Pine County, Nevada. This site was not archaeologically
recorded and the remains have been dated to the Historic Period (after
1800 AD) based on the condition of the recovered bone and tooth
morphology. Historical documents and ethnographic sources indicate that
Western Shoshone people have occupied this area since precontact times.
Oral tradition presented by tribal representatives during consultation
supports this evidence.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Bureau
of Land Management have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Bureau
of Land Management 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 human remains and the Duck Valley
Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Council, the Ely Shoshone Tribe, the Goshute
Tribal Council, the Battle Mountain Band of the Te-Moak Band of Western
Shoshone; the Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, the
South Fork Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone; the Wells
Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, the Yomba Shoshone
Tribe, and the Timbisha Shoshone Band.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Pyramid Lake Paiute
Tribe, the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Business Council, the Yerington
Paiute Tribe, the Walker River Paiute Tribe, the Lovelock Indian
Colony, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone
Tribe, the Duck Valley Tribal Council, the Ely Shoshone Tribe, the
Goshute Tribal Council, the Battle Mountain Band of the Te-Moak Band of
Western Shoshone; the Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western
Shoshone, the South Fork Band Council of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western
Shoshone; the Wells Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, the
Yomba Shoshone Tribe, and the Timbisha Shoshone Band. Representatives
of any other Indian tribe which believes itself to be culturally
affiliation with these human remains should contact Cynthia Ellis-
Pinto, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada State Office, 850 Harvard Way,
Reno, NV 89520, telephone (702) 785-6469 before November 4, 1996
Repatriation of the two human remains from the Grimes Point site to the
Fallon-Shoshone Paiute Tribe and repatriation of the human remains from
White Pine County to the Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Council,
the Ely Shoshone Tribe, the Goshute Tribal Council, the Battle Mountain
Band of the Te-Moak Band of Western Shoshone; the Elko Band of the Te-
Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, the South Fork Band of the Te-Moak
Tribe of Western Shoshone; the Wells Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of
Western Shoshone, the Yomba Shoshone Tribe, and the Timbisha Shoshone
Band may begin after this date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: September 30, 1996
C. Timothy McKeown,
Acting, Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Acting Chief, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 96-25351 Filed 10-2-96; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-70-F

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