[Federal Register: July 21, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 141)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Control of the Nevada State
Office, Bureau of Land Management, Reno, NV

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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the control of the Nevada State Office, Bureau of
Land Management, Reno, NV. This notice is published as part of the
National Park Service's administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA,
43 CFR 10.2 (c). The determinations within this notice are the sole
responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has
control of these Native American human remains and associated funerary
objects. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Nevada
State Office Bureau of Land Management professional staff in
consultation with representatives of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of
the Pyramid Lake Reservation, Nevada.
    In 1961, human remains representing four individuals were recovered
from Kramer Cave in Washoe County, NV, during a legally permitted
archeological excavation by R. Shutler, Jr. and D. R. Touhy, of the
Nevada State Museum. The remains and associated funerary items have
been curated at the Nevada State Museum since that time. No known
individuals were identified. The four associated funerary items consist
of small fragments of tule cordage, grass matting warps and wefts, and
basketry warps and wefts.
    Historical, ethnographic, and oral records indicate that these
human remains and associated funerary objects are reasonably believed
to be associated with the Northern Paiute Tribes. Historical documents,
ethnographic sources, and consultation with representatives of the
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the Pyramid Lake Reservation, Nevada
indicate that the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the Pyramid Lake
Reservation, Nevada has occupied this area since at least the early
19th century. The tribe's oral history supports this affiliation.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Bureau
of Land Management, Nevada State Office 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 Bureau of Land Management, Nevada State Office also
have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the cultural
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, Nevada State Office has determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be
reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the
Pyramid Lake Reservation, Nevada.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Pyramid Lake Paiute
Tribe of the Pyramid Lake Reservation, Nevada; the Paiute-Shoshone
Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony, Nevada; the Lovelock Paiute
Tribe of the Lovelock Indian Colony, Nevada; the Walker River Paiute
Tribe of the Walker River Reservation, Nevada; the Yerington Paiute
Tribe of the Yerington Colony and Campbell Ranch, Nevada; and the Fort
McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes of the Fort McDermitt Indian
Reservation, Nevada and Oregon. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains and associated funerary objects should contact Cynthia Ellis,
NAGPRA Coordinator, Nevada State Office, Bureau of Land Management,
P.O. Box 12000, Reno, NV, 89520-0006, telephone (775) 861-6469, before
August 21, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains and associated
funerary objects to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the Pyramid Lake
Reservation, Nevada may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: June 14, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 00-18466 Filed 7-20-00; 8:45 am]
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