[Federal Register: November 21, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 225)]
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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 Lost City
Museum, Overton, NV

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 Lost City Museum, Overton,
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 Lost City
Museum professional staff in consultation with Nevada State Museum
staff, representatives of the Moapa Band of the Southern Paiute Tribe,
and representatives of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, in coordination with
the Southern Paiute Consortium.
    At an unknown date before 1970, human remains representing two
individuals were removed from an unknown location in the vicinity of
Overton, NV, by an unknown person. These remains were donated to the
Lost City Museum at an unknown time after 1970 by an unknown person. No
known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing six individuals were
removed from an unknown location in the vicinity of Overton, NV, by an
unknown person. At an unknown time, these remains were donated to the
Lost City Museum by an unknown person. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In the 1980's, human remains representing one individual and two
associated funerary objects were removed from the Lewis Site
(26CK2036), Sand Beach, Overton, NV, by Lost City Museum staff. The
landowner donated the remains and objects to the Lost City Museum at
the time of excavation. No known individual was identified. The two
associated funerary objects are a pot and a projectile point.
    Archeological investigations have identified the Lewis Site (also
known as Anasazi number 1) as a known Anasazi site. The remains were
found in a room in a house.
    In 1987, human remains representing 4 individuals and 32 associated
funerary objects were removed during salvage excavations during
construction at the Bunker Hill Site (26CK020), Sand Beach, Overton,
NV, by Lost City Museum staff. The remains were donated to the Lost
City Museum by the landowner. No known individuals were identified. The
associated funerary objects are shell pendant beads, a stone drill, a
projectile point, Puebloan pottery, and turquoise beads.
    Archeological investigations have identified the Bunker Hill Site
as a known Anasazi site.
    In 1992, human remains representing one individual were removed
from the Park-Perkins number 9 Site (26CK029), Overton, NV, by the
landowner during trenching activity on his land. In 1995, the landowner
donated these remains to the Lost City Museum. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Archeological investigations have identified the Park-Perkins
number 9 Site as a known Anasazi site.
    In 1992, human remains representing one individual and three
associated funerary objects were removed during salvage excavations by
Lost City Museum staff at a quarry on private property at the Mill
Point number 1 Site (26CK2003), Sand Beach, Overton, NV. No known
individual was identified. The associated funerary objects are a
ceramic vessel, a bead, and a stone.
    Stylistic attributes of the associated ceramic vessel identify the
burial as characteristic of the Anasazi culture.
    In 1982, human remains representing one individual were removed
during salvage excavations at the Adam 2 Site (26CK2059), Overton, NV,
by University of Nevada, Las Vegas staff. The remains were returned to
the Lost City Museum, which owns the property on which the site is
located, in 2000. No known individual was identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    Archeological investigations have identified the Adam 2 Site as
affiliated with the Anasazi culture.
    On the basis of archeological context, the human remains listed
above are determined to be Native American. Based on the geographical
locality and probable age of the burials, the remains are determined to
be affiliated with the archeologically-defined Virgin Branch Anasazi
Culture, dated to circa 300 B.C.-A.D. 1300. Although the locations from
which these remains were removed are within the historic territory of
the Moapa Band of the Southern Paiute Tribe, joint consultations with
representatives of the Moapa Band of the Southern Paiute Tribe and with
representatives of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona produced evidence agreed
to by both parties that the Anasazi remains from this area are
ancestral to the modern Hopi Tribe of Arizona. Archaeological evidence
supports this conclusion.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Lost
City Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2(d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of 16
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Lost City
Museum also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR

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10.2(d)(2), the 37 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 Lost City Museum 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 Hopi Tribe of Arizona.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the the Moapa Band of the
Southern Paiute Tribe and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona. Representatives of
any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact
Kathryne Olson, Curator, Lost City Museum, P.O. Box 807, 721 South
Moapa Valley Boulevard, Overton, NV 89040, telephone (702) 397-2193,
before December 21, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary objects to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: November 14, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources, Stewardship, and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 00-29807 Filed 11-20-00; 8:45 am]
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