[Federal Register: November 13, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 219)]
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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 Colorado
Historical Society, 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 Colorado Historical Society,
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 Colorado
Historical Society professional staff 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; Kiowa Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma; Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian
Reservation, Montana; Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation,
South Dakota; Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma; Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the
Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of
the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Three Affiliated Tribes of the
Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah
& Ouray Reservation, Utah; and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain
Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah. The following tribes were
invited, but have been unable to participate in consultations: the
Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the Jicarilla
Apache Indian Reservation, New Mexico; Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River
Reservation, Wyoming; and Wichita and Affiliated Tribes (Wichita,
Keechi, Waco & Tawakonie), Oklahoma.
    In August, 1997, human remains representing one individual were
recovered from an unspecified site within El Paso County Parks and
Recreation land, El Paso County, CO, during a legally authorized survey
conducted by Jane Anderson of Pioneer Archaeological Consultants. The
human remains were turned over to the El Paso County coroner. No known
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Although this site has been identified as precontact due to the
nearby presence of stone and bone tools, it is most likely that these
human remains were recently redeposited due to flooding, and that the
human remains, a cranium, are isolated and without a burial site or
context. Based on condition of the human remains, this individual has
been identified as Native American from the contact period to 1884.
Colorado's history of tribal relocation suggests that these human
remains date from before 1884. There is no evidence to contradict these
findings. Based on the totality of the circumstances surrounding the
acquisition of these human remains, traditional territories, oral
traditions, archeological context, material culture, and cranial
measurements, officials of the Colorado Historical Society have
determined that there is cultural affiliation with the present-day
tribes who jointly claim a presence in the region prior to and during
the contact period. These present-day tribes include Cheyenne-Arapaho
Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache
Tribe of Oklahoma; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Northern Cheyenne
Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; Oglala
Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota; Pawnee Nation
of Oklahoma; Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation,
South Dakota; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute
Reservation, Colorado; Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold
Reservation, North Dakota; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray
Reservation, Utah; and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain
Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah. Authorized representatives of
these affiliated tribes have submitted a joint claim of cultural
affiliation to the Colorado Historical Society.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Colorado
Historical Society 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
Colorado Historical Society also 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 Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche Indian Tribe,
Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Kiowa Indian Tribe of
Oklahoma; Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian
Reservation, Montana; Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation,
South Dakota; Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma; Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the
Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of
the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Three Affiliated Tribes of the
Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah
& Ouray Reservation, Utah; and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain
Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cheyenne-Arapaho
Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache
Tribe of Oklahoma; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Northern Cheyenne
Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; Oglala
Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota; Pawnee Nation
of Oklahoma; Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation,
South Dakota; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute
Reservation, Colorado; Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold
Reservation, North Dakota; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray
Reservation, Utah; Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation,
Colorado, New Mexico & Utah; Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache
Tribe of the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, New Mexico; Shoshone
Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho; Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
(Wichita, Keechi, Waco & Tawakonie), Oklahoma; and 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 Anne W. Bond, Director of Collections and
Exhibitions, Colorado Historical Society, 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO
80203-2137, telephone (303) 866-4691, before December 13, 2001.
Repatriation of the human remains to the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of
Oklahoma; Comanche Indian Tribe, Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of
Oklahoma; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Northern Cheyenne Tribe of
the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; Oglala Sioux Tribe
of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota; Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma;
Rosebud Sioux

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Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota; Southern Ute
Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Three
Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota; Ute
Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; and Ute Mountain
Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: October 17, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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