[Federal Register: March 25, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 57)]
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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 Milwaukee
Public Museum, Milwaukee, WI

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 Milwaukee Public Museum,
Milwaukee, WI.
    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 Milwaukee
Public Museum professional staff and contract specialists in physical
anthropology in consultation with representatives of the Zuni Tribe of
the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico, and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing one individual were
removed from a grave in an unknown location near Frisco, Catron County,
NM, by an unknown person. These human remains were donated to the
Milwaukee Public Museum by Mary E. Stewart in 1899. Ms. Stewart also
donated human hair, believed to be from the same individual, to the
Milwaukee Public Museum in 1901. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    While the exact age of the remains cannot be determined from
existing evidence, cranial deformation associated with the use of hard
cradleboards was noted and suggests a post-AD 700 date.
    Based on cranial morphology and dental traits, these human remains
are identified as Native American. Consultation evidence provided by
representatives of the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico,
and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona indicates that the geographical location
of the burial is consistent with the traditional territories of the
Zuni and Hopi peoples. Both groups claim descent from the
archeologically defined Anasazi culture in Catron County, NM.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
Milwaukee Public Museum 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
Milwaukee Public Museum 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
Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico, and the Hopi Tribe of
Arizona.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Zuni Tribe of the
Zuni Reservation, New Mexico, and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains should contact Dr. Alex
Barker, Anthropology Section Head, Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 West
Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233, telephone (414) 278-2786, before
April 24, 2002. Repatriation of the human remains to the Zuni Tribe of
the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico, and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: February 7, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-7010 Filed 3-22-02; 8:45 am]
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