FR Doc 03-29504
[Federal Register: November 26, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 228)]
[Notices]
[Page 66487]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Idaho, Alfred W.
Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology, Moscow, ID

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 and associated funerary
objects in the possession of the University of Idaho, Alfred W. Bowers
Laboratory of Anthropology, Moscow, ID. The human remains and
associated funerary objects were removed from unknown locations in
central and southern Arizona.
    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 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 the
University of Idaho, Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Ak Chin
Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona;
Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation,
Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River
Reservation, Arizona; and Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of five
individuals were removed from unknown locations in central and southern
Arizona by unidentified persons. The human remains were gifted to the
Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT, by an unknown person at an
unknown date. In 1988, the human remains were transferred to the
University of Idaho, Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology. No
known individuals were identified. The five associated funerary objects
in which the cremated human remains were buried are one Gila Red
ceramic vessel, two Tanque Verde Red-on-Brown ceramic vessels, and two
Hohokam Plain ceramic vessels.
    Archeological evidence indicates that the Gila Red, Tanque Verde
Red-on-Brown, and Hohokam Plain pottery types are clearly associated
with the Classic period (A.D. 1250-1350) of the Hohokam culture of
central and southern Arizona. Archeological evidence indicates that pit
or urn cremations were a common Hohokam burial practice. Archeological
evidence and oral traditions demonstrate a strong relationship of
shared group identity between the Hohokam and the present-day Ak Chin
Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona;
Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation,
Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River
Reservation, Arizona; and Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona.
    Officials of the University of Idaho, Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory
of Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-
10), the human remains described above represent the physical remains
of five individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
University of Idaho, Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology also
have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the five
objects described 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 University
of Idaho, Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology 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 associated funerary objects and the Ak Chin
Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona;
Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation,
Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River
Reservation, Arizona; and Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact Leah K. Evans-Janke, University of Idaho, Alfred
W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology, Moscow, ID 83844-1111, telephone
(208) 885-3733, before December 26, 2003. Repatriation of the human
remains and associated funerary objects to the Ak Chin Indian Community
of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila River
Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Salt
River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation,
Arizona; and Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona may proceed after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The University of Idaho, Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of
Anthropology is responsible for notifying Ak Chin Indian Community of
the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila River Indian
Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Salt River
Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona;
and Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona that this notice has been
published.

    Dated: October 21, 2003.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 03-29504 Filed 11-25-03; 8:45 am]

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