[Federal Register: August 13, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 156)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects From Utah in the Control of the Manti-
La Sal National Forest, United States Forest Service, Price, UT

AGENCY: National Park Service.

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 and
associated funerary objects from Utah in the control of the Manti-La
Sal National Forest, United States Forest Service, Price, UT.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by National
Forest Service and Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Hopi
Tribe; Navajo Nation; Kaibab Paiute Tribe; Paiute Tribe of Utah; Pueblo
of Acoma; Pueblo of Cochiti; Pueblo of Isleta; Pueblo of Jemez; Pueblo
of Laguna; Pueblo of Nambe; Pueblo of Picuris; Pueblo of Pojoque;
Pueblo of Santa Clara; Pueblo of San Ildefonso; Pueblo of Santo
Domingo; Pueblo of San Felipe; Pueblo of Laguna; Pueblo of Santa Ana;
Pueblo of Sandia; Pueblo of San Juan; Pueblo of Tesuque; Pueblo of
Taos; Pueblo of Zia; Pueblo of Zuni; San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe;
Southern Ute Tribe; Uintah and Ouray Tribe of Utah; and Ute Mountain
Ute Tribe.
    In 1971, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from Site 42SA12215 during legally authorized excavations by U.S.
Forest Service archeologists. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1973, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from Site 42SA12213 during legally authorized excavations by U.S.
Forest Service archeologists. No known individual was identified. The
one associated funerary object is a ceramic sherd.
    Around 1984, human remains representing one individual were
recovered from Site 42SA10550 during investigations by U.S. Forest
Service and law enforcement personnel concerning Archaeological
Resources Protection Act (ARPA) violations. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1987, human remains representing four individuals were recovered
from Site 42SA12209 during legally

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authorized excavations. No known individuals were identified. The two
associated funerary objects include two stemmed projectile points.
    These four sites have been identified as Ancestral Puebloan
(Anasazi) Period occupations dating from approximately 750--1300 A.D.
based on architecture, ceramics, stone artifacts, and site
organization. Archeological evidence, including continuities of
technology and site organization, indicates cultural affiliation
between these sites and modern puebloan groups. Oral tradition evidence
presented by representatives of the Hopi Tribe indicates Hopi
affiliation with the Puebloan sites in the Elk Ridge and Abajo Mountain
area of southeast Utah.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the United
States Forest Service have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of seven individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
United States Forest Service have also determined that, pursuant to 25
U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the three objects listed 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.
Lastly, officials of the United States Forest Service have 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 associated funerary objects and the Hopi
Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe; Navajo
Nation; Kaibab Paiute Tribe; Paiute Tribe of Utah; Pueblo of Acoma;
Pueblo of Cochiti; Pueblo of Isleta; Pueblo of Jemez; Pueblo of Laguna;
Pueblo of Nambe; Pueblo of Picuris; Pueblo of Pojoque; Pueblo of Santa
Clara; Pueblo of San Ildefonso; Pueblo of Santo Domingo; Pueblo of San
Felipe; Pueblo of Laguna; Pueblo of Santa Ana; Pueblo of Sandia; Pueblo
of San Juan; Pueblo of Tesuque; Pueblo of Taos; Pueblo of Zia; Pueblo
of Zuni; San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe; Southern Ute Tribe; Uintah and
Ouray Tribe of Utah; and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact
Stan McDonald, NAGPRA Coordinator, Manti-La Sal National Forest, 599
West Price River Drive, Price, UT 84501; telephone: (801) 637-2817,
before September 12, 1997. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary objects to the Hopi Tribe may begin after that date
if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: August 6, 1997.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Assistant Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-21398 Filed 8-12-97; 8:45 am]
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