[Federal Register: October 4, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 193)]
[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 in the Control of the New Mexico State
Office, Bureau of Land Management, Santa Fe, NM

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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the control of the New Mexico State Office, Bureau
of Land Management, Santa Fe, NM.
    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

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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
University of Colorado Museum, Eastern New Mexico University, the
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology (University of New Mexico), the New
Mexico State University Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, the San Juan
County Museum, and Bureau of Land Management professional staff in
consultation with representatives of the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation,
the Pueblo of Acoma, the Pueblo of Jemez, the Pueblo of Isleta, the
Pueblo of San Ildefonso, the Pueblo of Zia, and the Zuni Tribe of the
Zuni Reservation.
    In 1981, human remains representing eight individuals were
recovered from site LA 282 in New Mexico during legally authorized
excavations and collections conducted by the Archeological Field School
of the University of New Mexico. These human remains are presently
curated at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New
Mexico. No known individuals are identified. The 11 associated funerary
objects are pottery bowls and sherds.
    Based on material culture, architecture, and site organization,
site LA 282 has been identified as an Anasazi pueblo occupied between
A.D.1300-1600.
    Continuities of ethnographic materials, technology, and
architecture indicate affiliation of Anasazi sites in this area of New
Mexico with historic and present-day Puebloan cultures. Oral tradition
presented by representatives of the Pueblo of Isleta indicate cultural
affiliation with the Anasazi sites in this portion of New Mexico.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the New
Mexico State Office 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 eight individuals of Native American
ancestry. Officials of the New Mexico State Office of the Bureau of
Land Management also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2), the 11 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 New Mexico State Office of the Bureau of Land Management have
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
Pueblo of Isleta and the Pueblo of Ysleta del Sur. This notice has been
sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation, the Pueblo of
Acoma, the Pueblo of Jemez, the Pueblo of Isleta, the Pueblo of San
Ildefonso, the Pueblo of Zia, and the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni
Reservation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and
associated funerary objects should contact Stephen L. Fosberg, State
Archeologist and NAGPRA Coordinator, New Mexico State Office, Bureau of
Land Management, 1474 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87502-0115, telephone
(505) 438-7415, before November 3, 2000. Repatriation of the human
remains and associated funerary objects to the Pueblo of Isleta and the
Pueblo of Ysleta del Sur may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: September 26, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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