FR Doc 03-29509
[Federal Register: November 26, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 228)]
[Notices]
[Page 66484-66485]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: The Colorado College, Colorado
Springs, CO

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of The
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. The human remains were removed
from Cimarron County, OK, and Baca County, CO.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3).
The determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of
the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the
Native American human remains. The National Park Service is not
responsible for the determinations within this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by The Colorado
College professional staff in consultation with representatives of the
Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation,
Wyoming; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche Nation,
Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache Nation,
New Mexico; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Mescalero Apache Tribe of
the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; Southern Ute Indian
Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Ute Indian Tribe of
the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute
Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah.
    In October 1973, human remains representing one individual were
removed from site 34CI267, feature NCE3 RS2, Cimarron County, OK, by
archeology field school students under the direction of Professor
Michael Nowak of The Colorado College Anthropology Department. The
burial had been disturbed prior to discovery. The human remains were
curated in the Anthropology Department Archaeology Laboratory in Palmer
Hall and transferred in 1989 to the Biological Anthropology Research
Laboratory of Barnes Science Center (Accession no. 1980.2.1). No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present. Cranial morphology indicates that the human remains are Native
American.
    In October 1979, human remains representing one individual were
removed from site 5BA317, Baca County, CO, by archeology field school
students under the direction of Professor Michael Nowak. The human
remains were curated in The Colorado College Anthropology Department
Archaeology Laboratory in Palmer Hall and were transferred in 1989 to
the Biological Anthropology Research Laboratory of Barnes Science
Center (Accession no. 1980.2.2). No known individuals were identified.
No associated funerary objects are present. Cranial morphology
indicates that the human remains are Native American.
    The map ``Indian Land Areas Judicially Established 1978'' indicates
that Cimarron County, OK, and Baca County, CO, were aboriginally
occupied by the Apache, Comanche, and Kiowa tribes. The map ``Early
Indian Tribes, Culture Areas, and Linguistic Stocks'' establishes the
presence of the Kiowa in Cimarron and Baca Counties at the time of
contact. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe map ``Original Ute Domain''
includes Cimarron and Baca Counties as a part of the hunting ground of
the Ute, but Mr. Neil Cloud, NAGPRA representative, Southern Ute Indian
Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado stated that the area is
too far east. Official tribal representatives from the Cheyenne-Arapaho
Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche Nation, Oklahoma; and Mescalero Apache
Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico provided folklore, oral
tradition, geographical, and historical evidence of cultural
affiliation, all of which

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indicated that Cimarron County, OK, and Baca County, CO, are part of
their traditional territory.
    Officials of The Colorado College have determined that, pursuant to
25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above represent the
physical remains of two individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of The Colorado College also have determined that, pursuant
to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity
that can be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains
and the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River
Reservation, Wyoming; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche
Nation, Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache
Nation, New Mexico; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Mescalero Apache
Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; and Northern Cheyenne
Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Joyce
Eastburg, Legal Assistant, The Colorado College, 14 East Cache La
Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, telephone (719) 389-6703,
before December 26, 2003. Repatriation of the human remains to the
Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation,
Wyoming; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche Nation,
Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache Nation,
New Mexico; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Mescalero Apache Tribe of
the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; and Northern Cheyenne Tribe of
the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana may proceed after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Colorado College is responsible for notifying the Apache Tribe
of Oklahoma; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming;
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Comanche Nation, Oklahoma; Fort
Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico;
Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero
Reservation, New Mexico; Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern
Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the
Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah &
Ouray Reservation, Utah; and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain
Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah that this notice has been
published.

    Dated: October 28, 2003.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 03-29509 Filed 11-25-03; 8:45 am]

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