[Federal Register: January 31, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 21)]
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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 Big Pine Band of Owens Valley
Paiute Shoshone Indians of the Big Pine Reservation, California; Death
Valley Timbi-Sha Shoshone Band of California; Duckwater Shoshone Tribe
of the Duckwater Reservation, Nevada; Ely Shoshone Tribe of Nevada;
Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes of the Fort McDermitt Indian
Reservation, Nevada and Oregon; Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of
Utah (Washakie); Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Bishop Community of the
Bishop Colony, California; Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Lone Pine
Community of the Lone Pine Reservation, California; Paiute-Shoshone
Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony, Nevada; Shoshone Tribe of
the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the
Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho; Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck
Valley Reservation, Nevada; Te-Moak Tribes of Western Shoshone Indians
of Nevada (four constituent bands: Battle Mountain Band, Elko Band,
South Fork Band, and Wells Band); and the Yomba Shoshone Tribe of the
Yomba Reservation, Nevada.
    Around 1940, human remains representing two individuals were
collected from the area of Big Sandy, Sublette County, WY, by Scott
Peterson (Crow) and Alice Peterson (Shoshone). At an unknown date, the
Petersons gave the remains to Theodore Sowers. Mr. Sowers was a
graduate of the University of Denver and, in 1995, his daughters
donated the remains to the University of Denver so that they could be
repatriated. No known individuals were identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    The statements of the collectors and the donor indicate that these
remains are Native American, which are supported by the osteological
and geographical evidence. Linguistic and ethnographic evidence
indicates that the ancestors of the Eastern Shoshone arrived in the
Wind River region by A.D. 1000, and perhaps much earlier. The condition
of the remains suggests that they are probably younger than 1000 years
old. The Eastern Shoshone are currently represented by the Big Pine
Band of Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Indians of the Big Pine
Reservation, California; Death Valley Timbi-Sha Shoshone Band of
California; Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the Duckwater Reservation,
Nevada; Ely Shoshone Tribe of Nevada; Fort McDermitt Paiute and
Shoshone Tribes of the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation, Nevada and
Oregon; Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie);
Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Bishop Community of the Bishop Colony,
California; Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Lone Pine Community of the
Lone Pine Reservation, California; Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon
Reservation and Colony, Nevada; Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River
Reservation, Wyoming; Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall
Reservation of Idaho; Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley
Reservation, Nevada; Te-Moak Tribes of Western Shoshone Indians of
Nevada (four constituent bands: Battle Mountain Band, Elko Band, South
Fork Band, and Wells Band); and the Yomba Shoshone Tribe of the Yomba
Reservation, Nevada.
    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 two
individuals 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 Big Pine
Band of Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Indians of the Big Pine
Reservation, California; Death Valley Timbi-Sha Shoshone Band of
California; Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the Duckwater Reservation,
Nevada; Ely Shoshone Tribe of Nevada; Fort McDermitt Paiute and
Shoshone Tribes of the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation, Nevada and
Oregon; Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie);
Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Bishop Community of the Bishop Colony,
California; Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Lone Pine Community of the
Lone Pine Reservation, California; Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon
Reservation and Colony, Nevada; Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River
Reservation, Wyoming; Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall
Reservation of Idaho; Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley
Reservation, Nevada; Te-Moak Tribes of Western

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Shoshone Indians of Nevada (four constituent bands: Battle Mountain
Band, Elko Band, South Fork Band, and Wells Band); and the Yomba
Shoshone Tribe of the Yomba Reservation, Nevada.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Big Pine Band of
Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Indians of the Big Pine Reservation,
California; Death Valley Timbi-Sha Shoshone Band of California;
Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the Duckwater Reservation, Nevada; Ely
Shoshone Tribe of Nevada; Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes of
the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation, Nevada and Oregon; Northwestern
Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie); Paiute-Shoshone Indians of
the Bishop Community of the Bishop Colony, California; Paiute-Shoshone
Indians of the Lone Pine Community of the Lone Pine Reservation,
California; Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony,
Nevada; Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming;
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho;
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation, Nevada; Te-Moak
Tribes of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada (four constituent bands:
Battle Mountain Band, Elko Band, South Fork Band, and Wells Band); and
the Yomba Shoshone Tribe of the Yomba Reservation, Nevada.
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 March 4, 2002. Repatriation of the
human remains to the Big Pine Band of Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone
Indians of the Big Pine Reservation, California; Death Valley Timbi-Sha
Shoshone Band of California; Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the Duckwater
Reservation, Nevada; Ely Shoshone Tribe of Nevada; Fort McDermitt
Paiute and Shoshone Tribes of the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation,
Nevada and Oregon; Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah
(Washakie); Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Bishop Community of the
Bishop Colony, California; Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Lone Pine
Community of the Lone Pine Reservation, California; Paiute-Shoshone
Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony, Nevada; Shoshone Tribe of
the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the
Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho; Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck
Valley Reservation, Nevada; Te-Moak Tribes of Western Shoshone Indians
of Nevada (four constituent bands: Battle Mountain Band, Elko Band,
South Fork Band, and Wells Band); and the Yomba Shoshone Tribe of the
Yomba Reservation, Nevada, may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: January 14, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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