FR Doc E8-4336[Federal Register: March 6, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 45)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, 
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, DC, and Arizona State Museum, 
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

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 control of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau 
of Indian Affairs, Washington, DC, and in the physical custody of the 
Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. The human 
remains and associated funerary objects were removed from sites within 
the boundaries of the Gila Bend Indian Reservation, San Xavier Indian 
Reservation, and Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation in Maricopa, Pima, 
and Pinal Counties, AZ.
    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 in 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 in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Arizona 
State Museum 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; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt River Pima-
Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; 
Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico. The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is acting 
on behalf 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 themselves.
    In 1964, human remains representing a minimum of 14 individuals 
were removed from the Fortified Hill Site (AZ T:13:8[ASM]), Maricopa 
County, AZ, during legally authorized excavations conducted by the 
University of Arizona and Arizona State Museum under the direction of 
William Wasley. The human remains were accessioned into the collections 
of the Arizona State Museum in 1964. No known individuals were 
identified. The 734 associated funerary objects are 5 animal bone awls, 
20 animal bone ornaments, 2 basketry fragments, 516 beads, 78 lots of 
botanical material, 12 ceramic bowls, 10 ceramic jars, 1 ceramic scoop, 
3 crystals, 1 mineral object, 2 pendants, 63 projectiles points, 1 
piece of unidentified raw material, 4 shell bracelets, 3 shell 
fragments, 7 shell needle fragments, 1 shell pendant, 4 lots of textile 
fragments, and 1 wood artifact.
    The ceramic assemblage at the Fortified Hill site suggests 
occupation associated with the Tanque Verde phase of the Early Classic 
period of the Hohokam Archeological tradition. In addition, the 
sequence of architectural forms is similar to that found at other 
Tanque Verde phase sites in the Tucson Basin. There are strong 
similarities in site layout, architecture, and the ceramic assemblage 
when compared with the early Classic Period site of Cerro Prieto, 
located at the west end of the Tucson Mountains. These attributes 
suggest an occupation at AZ T:13:8(ASM) between approximately A.D. 
1200-1275. Characteristics of the mortuary program including cremation, 
placement within a ceramic vessel, and the types of associated objects, 
are also consistent with the Hohokam Archeological tradition. The human 
remains are determined to be Native American based on the archeological 
context.
    In 1960 and 1961, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from site AZ T:14:10(ASM), Maricopa County, AZ, 
during legally authorized excavations conducted by the Arizona State 
Museum under the direction of William Wasley and Alfred Johnson. The 
excavations were conducted under contract with the National Park 
Service as part of the Painted Rocks Reservoir Project. The human 
remains were accessioned into the collections of the Arizona State 
Museum in 1961. No known individual was identified. The 11 associated 
funerary objects are 1 shell bead, 2 ceramic jars, 1 ceramic scoop, 3 
shell artifact fragments, and 4 sandal fragments.
    The ceramic assemblage indicates that the site was occupied during 
the Classic period of the Hohokam Archaeological tradition, 
approximately A.D. 1200-1450. Characteristics of the mortuary program 
and the types of associated objects identify the human remains as 
Native American.
    In 1960 and 1961, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from the Bartley Site, AZ T:14:11(ASM), 
Maricopa County, AZ, during legally authorized excavations conducted by 
the Arizona State Museum under the direction of William Wasley and 
Alfred Johnson. The excavations were conducted under contract with the 
National Park Service as part of the Painted Rocks Reservoir Project. 
The human remains were accessioned into the collections of the Arizona 
State Museum in 1961. No known individual was identified. The three 
associated funerary objects are one laevicardium shell, one ceramic 
bowl fragment, and one ceramic bowl.
    The ceramic assemblage indicates that the site was occupied during 
the Classic period of the Hohokam Archaeological tradition, 
approximately A.D. 1200-1450. Characteristics of the mortuary program 
and the types of associated artifacts identify the human remains as 
Native American.
    In 1960 and 1961, human remains representing a minimum of four 
individuals were removed from site AZ Z:1:11(ASM), Maricopa County, AZ, 
during legally authorized excavations conducted by the Arizona State 
Museum under the direction of William Wasley and Alfred Johnson. The 
excavations were conducted under contract with the National Park 
Service as part of the Painted Rocks Reservoir Project. The human 
remains were accessioned into the collections of the Arizona State 
Museum in 1961. No known individuals were identified. The 538 
associated funerary objects are 500 beads, 5 maize kernels, 1 shell, 19 
shell fragments, 2 ceramic jars, 2 ceramic bowls, 8 ceramic sherds, and 
1 stone vessel fragment.
    The ceramic assemblage indicates that the occupation of the site 
was primarily during the late Classic period of the Hohokam 
Archaeological tradition, approximately A.D. 1300-1450. Characteristics 
of the mortuary program and the types of associated objects identify 
the human remains as Native American.

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    In 1933, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from Ventana Cave, AZ Z:12:5(ASM), Pima County, AZ, by 
Norton Allen. Mr. Allen donated the human remains to the Arizona State 
Museum in 1998. No known individual was identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    In 1941 and 1942, human remains were removed from Ventana Cave, AZ 
Z:12:5(ASM), Pima County, AZ, during legally authorized excavations 
conducted by the University of Arizona, under the direction of Emil 
Haury. The human remains were accessioned into the collections of the 
Arizona State Museum in 1942. No known individuals were identified. In 
1992, the Arizona State Museum repatriated the remains that were 
originally identified as human, as well as the associated and 
unassociated funerary objects to the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. 
The human remains of some individuals listed as being removed were 
listed as missing in the collections. In 2005, Arizona State Museum 
curatorial staff examined the animal bone collections from Ventana Cave 
and discovered isolated human bones from non-burial contexts 
representing a minimum of 32 individuals. It is possible that some of 
these isolated human remains belong to individuals whose remains were 
repatriated in 1992 or to some of the burials currently listed as 
missing. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    Ventana Cave is a deeply stratified site with deposits extending 
from the late Pleistocene to modern times. The deepest layers have 
fossils from extinct Pleistocene animals. Lower stratigraphic layers 
contain stone tool fragments characteristic of Folsom culture. There 
are also deposits that contain artifacts and human burials from Archaic 
or pre-pottery periods. The upper ceramic bearing deposits are related 
to Hohokam culture. Early Hohokam ceramics from the cave are 
indistinguishable from contemporary ceramics in the Gila and Santa Cruz 
Basins, however, later Hohokam artifacts differ. The uppermost levels 
contain ceramics and other artifacts typical of historic occupation 
from about A.D. 1700 to the mid-20th century.
    Ventana Cave had human burials from the pre-pottery layers as well 
as Hohokam layers (Haury, 1975). Pre-pottery burials were found in a 
stratigraphic level that had been moist at one time. As a result, the 
bone was much more poorly preserved than the bone found in the ceramic 
deposits. The human remains that Mr. Allen donated to the Arizona State 
Museum are consistent in appearance and preservation with the other 
burials from the Hohokam layers. In addition, the isolated human 
remains that were found mixed with the animal bone collections are 
consistent in appearance and preservation with the human remains from 
the Hohokam layers. The burials from the Hohokam layers are believed to 
date to the period from A.D. 1000-1400 (Haury, 1975).
    At an unknown date between 1938 and 1941, human remains 
representing a minimum of one individual were removed from the Bahtki 
site, AZ Z:16:6(ASM), Pima County, AZ, during an archeological survey 
conducted by F. H. Scantling. The human remains were brought to the 
Arizona State Museum at an unknown date and were discovered by museum 
staff in 2005. No known individual was identified. The four associated 
funerary objects are melted glass beads.
    Father Eusebio Kino visited the village of Bahtki in the late 17th 
century and reported that there were about 200 O'odham-speaking 
inhabitants. The village was abandoned after a raid in about 1850. Dr. 
Haury reported the presence of cremated bone and many burned houses 
(1975). Artifacts included early glazed pottery of indigenous origin, 
but no European ceramics were found. Dr. Haury also reported the 
discovery of a Spanish iron lance blade and glass beads dating to the 
middle of the 19th century. These artifacts are consistent with reports 
that the village had been abandoned in 1850.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of two 
individuals were removed from a location about 9 miles south of Casa 
Grande, possibly near the village of Chuichui, Pinal County, AZ, by an 
unknown person. The human remains were donated by A. T. Kilcrease to 
the Arizona State Museum probably in January 1921. No known individuals 
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The human remains were given a two letter designation "PA," which 
refers to "Papago." One set of human remains were described as being 
those of a "Papago chief," and the other as "Papago." This suggests 
that the human remains were considered to date to a time after European 
contact. Cranial features are highly consistent with Native American 
ancestry. The term "Papago" was previously used to refer to the 
people known today as Tohono O'odham.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from an unknown location, AZ AA:1:- vicinity, 
near Chuichui and the northern border of the Tohono O'odham Indian 
Reservation, Pinal County, AZ, during construction of a fence. The 
human remains were donated to the Arizona State Museum in January 1954. 
No known individual was identified. The one associated funerary object 
is a ceramic jar in which the cremated human remains had been placed.
    Based on the ceramic style, this burial probably dates to the late 
Colonial to early Sedentary periods of the Hohokam Archaeological 
tradition, approximately A.D. 850-1000.
    In 1927, human remains representing a minimum of three individuals 
were removed from a cave site, AZ AA:5:- vicinity, in the Jackrabbit 
Mountains, Pinal County, AZ. The human remains were possibly collected 
by Byron Cummings. The human remains were brought to the Arizona State 
Museum at an unknown date prior to August 1953. No known individuals 
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The archeological context and chronology is unknown. However, Dr. 
Cummings suggested that the human remains were "old Pima." This 
suggests that the human remains may date to a time after European 
contact, possibly A.D. 1700-1900.
    In 1973, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from site AZ AA:5:- FN28, Pinal County, AZ, during 
archeological investigations carried out by the Arizona State Museum 
under the direction of Mark Raab under contract to the National Park 
Service. The human remains were accessioned into the collections of the 
Arizona State Museum in 1973. No known individual was identified. The 
three associated funerary objects are one modified shell fragment and 
two whole shells.
    Site AZ AA:5:-FN28 was dated to the Classic Period of the Hohokam 
Archaeological tradition, approximately A.D. 1200-1400, on the basis of 
ceramic types.
    In 1973, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from site AZ AA:5:- FN151, Pinal County, AZ, during 
archeological investigations carried out by the Arizona State Museum 
under the direction of Mark Raab under contract to the National Park 
Service. The human remains were accessioned into the collections of the 
Arizona State Museum in 1973. No known individual was identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    The burial from FN 151 was assigned to the early Colonial to late 
Sedentary period of the Hohokam Archaeological

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tradition, approximately A.D. 750-1150. The report does not specify the 
basis of this conclusion, but it is likely that it was determined from 
the ceramic types. Mortuary treatment (cremation burial) is consistent 
with this assessment.
    In 1973, human remains representing a minimum of two individuals 
were removed from site AZ AA:5:30(ASM), Pinal County, AZ, during 
archeological investigations carried out by the Arizona State Museum 
under the direction of Mark Raab under contract to the National Park 
Service. The human remains were accessioned into the collections of the 
Arizona State Museum in 1973. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    On the basis of the ceramic assemblage, AZ AA:5:30(ASM) was 
determined to be a multicomponent site with occupation beginning as 
early as A.D. 300 and extending as late as A.D. 1100. This corresponds 
with the Early Ceramic period to the Sedentary period of the Hohokam 
Archaeological tradition. Mortuary treatment (cremation burial) is 
consistent with this assessment.
    In 1973, human remains representing a minimum of three individuals 
were removed from site AZ AA:5:43(ASM), Pinal County, AZ, during 
archeological investigations carried out by the Arizona State Museum 
under the direction of Mark Raab under contract to the National Park 
Service. The human remains were accessioned into the collections of the 
Arizona State Museum in 1973. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on the ceramic assemblage, site AZ AA:5:43(ASM) was dated to 
the transition between the late Colonial to Early Sedentary periods of 
the Hohokam Archaeological tradition, approximately A.D. 1000. Mortuary 
treatment (cremation burial) is consistent with this assessment.
    From 1930 to 1932, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from an unknown location southwest of the San 
Xavier Mission on the San Xavier Indian Reservation, AZ AA:16:- 
vicinity, Pima County, AZ, by Llewellyn Richards. Ms. Richards donated 
the human remains to the Arizona State Museum in 1971. No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    There is no information regarding the specific archeological 
context of the discovery. Recorded archeological sites on the San 
Xavier Indian Reservation represent all periods of the Hohokam 
Archaeological tradition, approximately A.D. 500 - 1450, as well as 
protohistoric and historic periods (A.D. 1450 to present). 
Morphological traits of the cranium are consistent with Native American 
ancestry.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of two 
individuals were removed from an unknown location probably in the 
vicinity of the San Xavier Mission on the San Xavier Indian 
Reservation, AZ AA:16:-- vicinity, Pima County, AZ. The human remains 
were obtained by Helen Murphey. Mrs. Murphey's son donated the human 
remains to the Arizona State Museum in November 1993. No known 
individuals were identified. The two associated funerary objects are 
two ceramic pitchers in which the human remains had been placed.
    The ceramic types indicate that the cremations date to the Classic 
period of the Hohokam Archaeological tradition, approximately A.D. 
1150-1450.
    In 1958, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from site AZ AA:16:11(ASM) on the San Xavier Indian 
Reservation, Pima County, AZ. The human remains were exposed by an 
eroding wash and collected by Henry Dobyns. Mr. Dobyns donated the 
human remains to the Arizona State Museum that same year. No known 
individual was identified. The one associated funerary object is a 
ceramic jar in which the human remains had been placed.
    Based on the ceramic type, the burial is dated to the late Classic 
period of the Hohokam Archaeological tradition, approximately A.D. 
1300-1450. Mortuary treatment is consistent with this determination.
    In 1919, human remains representing a minimum of two individuals 
were removed from Black Mountain, AZ AA:16:12(ASM) on the San Xavier 
Indian Reservation, Pima County, AZ, by George Chambers. Mr. Chambers 
donated the human remains to the Arizona State Museum in 1958. No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    The ceramic assemblage at the Black Mountain site indicates 
occupation from the Sedentary period of the Hohokam Archaeological 
tradition to the historic period, approximately A.D. 950-1900. Cranial 
morphological traits are consistent with Native American ancestry.
    In 1970, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from site AZ AA:16:35(ASM) on the San Xavier Indian 
Reservation, Pima County, AZ. The burial was inadvertently discovered 
during excavation of a pit by a homeowner. The human remains were 
removed by James Ayres, who brought them to the Arizona State Museum in 
February 1970. No known individual was identified. The 195 associated 
funerary objects are 1 ceramic bowl, 2 animal bone awls, 2 animal leg 
bones, 1 tortoise bone, 2 antler artifacts, and 187 tubular beads. In 
1971, the Arizona State Museum loaned three of the beads to the 
Nashville Public Schools in Nashville, TN. The beads were returned to 
the Arizona State Museum in 2005.
    The ceramic style dates between A.D. 1475-1675. The disposition of 
the human remains and associated objects differs from the Christian 
tradition and this may indicate a date prior to the establishment of 
the Mission at San Xavier in the early 1700s.
    In 1962, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from an unnamed site in the AZ BB:13:-- vicinity on the 
San Xavier Indian Reservation, Pima County, AZ, by Daniel Vavages, who 
discovered the burial eroding from a wash. Mr. Vavages transferred the 
human remains to the Arizona State Museum in January 1964. No known 
individual was identified. The one associated funerary object is a 
ceramic jar in which the human remains had been placed.
    Based on the ceramic type, the burial is dated to the Rincon phase 
of the Sedentary period of the Hohokam Archaeological tradition, 
approximately A.D. 900-1150. Mortuary treatment is consistent with this 
determination.
    From 1930 to 1932, human remains representing a minimum of 24 
individuals were removed from Martinez Hill Ruin AZ BB:13:3(ASM) on the 
San Xavier Indian Reservation, Pima County, AZ, during legally 
authorized excavations conducted by the University of Arizona under the 
direction of Byron Cummings. The human remains were accessioned into 
the collections of the Arizona State Museum at an unknown date prior to 
1953. No known individuals were identified. The 52 associated funerary 
objects are 1 awl, 17 beads, 14 ceramic jars, 3 ceramic pitchers, 7 
geode fragments, 1 lot of hematite, 1 projectile point, 7 scrapers, and 
1 shell necklace.
    Architectural forms (platform mounds, adobe room blocks, and 
compound walls) and ceramic types indicate occupation of the Martinez 
Hill site during the Tucson phase of the late Classic period of the 
Hohokam Archaeological tradition, approximately A.D. 1300-1450. 
Mortuary practices and the types of associated funerary objects are 
consistent with this determination.
    In 1985, human remains were removed from the San Xavier Bridge 
site, AZ BB:13:14(ASM) on the San

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Xavier Indian Reservation, Pima County, AZ, during legally authorized 
excavations conducted by the Arizona State Museum under the direction 
of John Ravesloot. The remains originally identified as human were 
repatriated to the Tohono O'odham Nation in May 1987. Non-funerary 
project materials were accessioned into the collections of the Arizona 
State Museum in 1987. In 2005, Arizona State Museum curatorial staff 
examined the animal bone collections from the San Xavier Bridge site 
and discovered isolated human bone fragments from non-burial contexts 
representing a minimum of 45 individuals. No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Stratigraphy, radiocarbon dates, and attributes of the ceramic 
assemblage indicate occupation of the San Xavier Bridge site during the 
Tanque Verde phase of the Classic period of the Hohokam Archaeological 
tradition, approximately A.D. 1150-1300. Mortuary treatment is 
consistent with this determination.
    In 1965 and 1966, human remains were removed from site AZ 
BB:13:16(ASM) on the San Xavier Indian Reservation, Pima County, AZ, 
during excavations carried out prior to construction of Interstate 
Highway 19 performed by the Arizona State Museum under the supervision 
of R. Gwinn Vivian, and partly funded by the Arizona Highway 
Department. In May 1987, remains originally identified as human were 
repatriated to the Tohono O'odham Nation. In 2005, Arizona State Museum 
curatorial staff examined the animal bone collections from site AZ 
BB:13:16(ASM) and discovered isolated cremated human bone fragments 
from non-burial contexts representing a minimum of six individuals. No 
known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    Based on ceramic types, the cremations from AZ BB:13:16(ASM) were 
dated to the Rillito phase of the Colonial period or the Rincon phase 
of the Sedentary period of the Hohokam Archaeological tradition. This 
suggests a range of occupation from approximately A.D. 800-1100.
    In 1965, legally authorized excavations at the Punta de Agua Ranch 
site, AZ BB:13:18(ASM), on the San Xavier Indian Reservation, Pima 
County, AZ, were conducted by the Arizona State Museum under the 
supervision of James Sciscenti. The work was related to construction of 
Interstate Highway 19 and was funded by the Arizona Highway Department. 
No human burials were identified at that time. Project materials were 
accessioned into the collections of the Arizona State Museum in 1965. 
In 2005, Arizona State Museum curatorial staff examined the animal bone 
collections from site AZ BB:13:18(ASM) and discovered isolated cremated 
human bone representing a minimum of one individual. No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Historical documents establish that the ranch was first occupied in 
1855 and abandoned between 1874 and 1877. The cremated bone, however, 
probably dates to the prehistoric occupation of the nearby sites, 
including AZ BB:13:16(ASM) and AZ BB:13:50(ASM). Since there are no 
associated ceramics with the bone, the cremation could date to any 
period during the prehistoric occupation of the area, which extended 
from the late Colonial through Classic periods of the Hohokam 
Archaeological tradition, approximately A.D. 800-1450.
    In 1965 and 1966, human remains were removed from site AZ 
BB:13:50(ASM) in Pima County, AZ, during excavations by the Arizona 
State Museum under the supervision of R. Gwinn Vivian prior to 
construction of Interstate Highway 19, and were partly funded by the 
Arizona Highway Department. The human remains were accessioned into the 
collections of the Arizona State Museum in 1965. The remains originally 
identified as human were repatriated to the Tohono O'odham Nation in 
1987. In 2005, Arizona State Museum curatorial staff examined the 
animal bone collections from site AZ BB:13:50(ASM) and discovered 
isolated cremated human bone representing a minimum of two individuals. 
No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects 
are present.
    Based on ceramic types, the cremation burials at site AZ 
BB:13:50(ASM) were dated to the Classic period of the Hohokam 
Archaeological tradition, approximately A.D. 1150-1450.
    In 1983 and 1984, an archeological survey was conducted at site AZ 
BB:13:192(ASM) on the San Xavier Indian Reservation in Pima County, AZ, 
by Cultural and Environmental Systems, as part of the planning process 
for a proposed residential development that was later abandoned. No 
human burials were identified at that time. Project materials were 
accessioned into the collections of the Arizona State Museum in 1987. 
In 2005, Arizona State Museum curatorial staff examined the animal bone 
collections from site AZ BB:13:192(ASM) and discovered an isolated 
cremated human bone representing a minimum of one individual. No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The artifact assemblage indicates occupation from the Snaketown 
phase of the Pioneer or Early Formative period through the Rincon phase 
of the Sedentary period of the Hohokam Archaeological tradition, 
approximately A.D. 650-1150.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from a site in the AZ DD:-:- vicinity near 
Sells on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation in Pima County, AZ, by 
an unknown person. The human remains were brought to the Arizona State 
Museum prior to August 1953. No known individual was identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    The condition and color of the bone indicates long term burial. 
Otherwise, there is no information regarding antiquity. Shoveling of a 
maxillary incisor is consistent with Native American ancestry.
    At the time of Spanish entry into southern Arizona in the late 17th 
century, the lands currently under the jurisdiction of the Tohono 
O'odham Nation were occupied by O'odham-speaking populations. The same 
populations have continued to occupy these lands throughout the 
historic period. O'odham people also identify themselves with the 
archeologically-defined Hohokam Archaeological tradition. Cultural 
continuity between the prehistoric occupants of the region and present 
day O'odham, Pee-Posh, and Puebloan peoples is supported by 
continuities in settlement pattern, architectural technologies, 
basketry, textiles, ceramic technology, ritual practices, and oral 
traditions. Descendants of the occupants of the areas described above 
are members 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; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt River 
Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; 
Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico.
    Officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Arizona State Museum 
have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human 
remains described above represent the physical remains of 155 
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Bureau of 
Indian Affairs and Arizona State Museum also have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the 1,545 objects described above 
are reasonably believed to have been placed

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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 Bureau of 
Indian Affairs and Arizona State Museum 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; Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River 
Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe 
of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact John Madsen, Repatriation Coordinator, Arizona 
State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, telephone (520) 
621-4795, before April 7, 2008. 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; Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River 
Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe 
of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The Arizona State Museum is responsible for notifying the Ak Chin 
Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; 
Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, 
Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian 
Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation 
of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico that 
this notice has been published.

    Dated: February 13, 2008
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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