[Federal Register: November 6, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 215)]
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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 Possession of the University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver,
CO

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 possession of the University of Denver
Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver, CO.
    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 University
of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology
professional staff and a contract physical anthropologist in
consultation with representatives of the Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind
River Reservation, Wyoming; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma;
Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma;
Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the Jicarilla Apache
Indian Reservation, New Mexico; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Navajo
Nation, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah; Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; Pueblo of Acoma, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque,
New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Juan, New
Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Skull
Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of
the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah
and Ouray Reservation, Utah; Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain
Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah; and the Zuni Tribe of the
Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.
    In 1932, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from a site near La Veta, Huerfano County, CO, by Dr. E.B. Renaud of
the University of Denver Department of Anthropology, and his assistant,
Charlie Steen. No known individuals were identified. No funerary
objects are present.
    Dr. Renaud was taken to the remains by Karl Gilbert of the U.S.
Forest Service. Dr. Renaud collected the long bones of the skeleton and
reported, but did not collect, numerous glass beads associated with the
remains. At the U.S. Forest Service office in La Veta, CO, Dr. Renaud
examined the skull of the remains and a series of associated funerary
objects that had been collected by John Durant in the winter of 1931-
32. These funerary objects included one Barrett flintlock gun dated
1848, three metal arrow points, one saddle buckle, five saddle rings,
one piece of copper, one spoon, and one stone pipe. Dr. Renaud was
given the skull, which he took along with the long bones to the
University of Denver. Currently, the university is in possession of
eight long bones. The skull has not been located.
    The date on the gun previously associated with the remains
demonstrates that this individual died in the mid to late 19th century.
At that time, south central Colorado, including Huerfano County, was
the territory of the Eastern Bands of the Ute. This geographic
association is confirmed by the oral testimony given in consultation,
and is supported by ethnographical and historical evidence. Dr.
Renaud's notes include a 1932 interview with Mr. I. Blasquez, a
resident of La Veta since 1863, who also confirmed that the Ute lived
in the La Veta area in the mid-19th century.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology 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. Also, officials of the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology 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 the Skull Valley Band
of Goshute Indians of Utah; the Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the
Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah
and Ouray Reservation, Utah; and the Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute
Mountain

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Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Arapahoe Tribe of the
Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma;
Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma;
Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the Jicarilla Apache
Indian Reservation, New Mexico; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Navajo
Nation, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah; Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; Pueblo of Acoma, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque,
New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Juan, New
Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Skull
Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of
the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah
and Ouray Reservation, Utah; Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain
Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah; and the Zuni Tribe of the
Zuni Reservation, New Mexico. Representatives of any other Indian tribe
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains should contact Jan I. Bernstein, Collections Manager and NAGPRA
Coordinator at the University of Denver Department of Anthropology and
Museum of Anthropology, 2000 Asbury, Sturm Hall S-146, Denver, CO
80208-2406, email jbernste@du.edu, telephone (303) 871-2543, before
December 6, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains to the Skull Valley
Band of Goshute Indians of Utah; the Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the
Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah
and Ouray Reservation, Utah; and the Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute
Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: October 30, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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