[Federal Register: August 4, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 149)]
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[Page 41590]
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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 Saguache County, CO in the
Possession of the Anasazi Heritage Center, Bureau of Land Management,
Dolores, CO

AGENCY: National Park Service, DOI.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Anasazi Heritage Center,
Bureau of Land Management, Dolores, CO.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Bureau of
Land Management professional staff in consultation with representatives
of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, the
Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, and the Ute Indian
Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation
    In 1982, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from Site 5SH99, Saguache County, CO during legally authorized
excavations conducted by the Bureau of Land Management personnel. No
known individual was identified. The three associated funerary objects
include saddle fragments, one button, and one shell.
    Based on dental morphology, this individual has been identified as
Native American. Based on associated funerary objects and burial type,
Site 5SH99 has been identified as a burial site from the mid- to late-
nineteenth century. Based on manner of interment, location of the
burial, and associated funerary objects, archeological and
ethnohistorical evidence indicate this individual is affiliated with
the Ute culture. Consultation with representative of the Southern Ute
Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, the Ute Mountain Tribe of
the Ute Mountain Reservation, and the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah &
Ouray Reservation indicates this is a Ute burial based on historic band
locations and traditional burial practices.
    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 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2), 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 Bureau of Land Management have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (e), 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 Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah &
Ouray Reservation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Southern Ute Indian
Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, the Ute Mountain Tribe of the
Ute Mountain Reservation, and the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah &
Ouray Reservation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary objects should contact LouAnn Jacobson,
Director, Anasazi Heritage Center, 27501 Highway 184, Dolores, CO
81323; telephone: (970) 882-4811, before September 3, 1998.
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to
the the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: July 24, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-20712 Filed 8-3-98; 8:45 am]
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