FR Doc 2010-23405[Federal Register: September 20, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 181)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Utah Museum of Natural History, 
Salt Lake City, UT

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 and control of the Utah Museum of Natural 
History, Salt Lake City, UT. The human remains and associated funerary 
objects were removed from Millard and Washington Counties, UT.
    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 the Utah 
Museum of Natural History professional staff and a report sent to 
representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, 
Nevada and Utah; Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah 
(Washakie); Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar Band of Paiutes, Kanosh 
Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of 
Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes); Skull Valley Band of Goshute 
Indians of Utah; and the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray 
Reservation, Utah, on January 15, 2010, and consultation with the 
Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Nevada and Utah, and 
Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, followed.
    Before 1931, human remains representing a minimum of six 
individuals were removed from a cave in Millard County, UT, by a 
private collector. In 1931, the human remains and associated funerary 
objects were donated to the University of Utah. On November 10, 1972, 
transfer of the University anthropology collections to the Utah Museum 
of Natural History occurred. It is unknown if the individuals were 
found together or in separate areas of the cave. No known individuals 
were identified. Originally, leather fragments were collected, but are 
currently missing. The remaining three associated funerary objects are 
one steel knife and two fragments of unworked faunal bone.
    The associated funerary objects found with the interments indicate 
that the human remains are from the contact period. The result of an 
osteological analysis indicates that the individuals are Native 
American and likely of Numic descent. Based on the geographical 
location of the burials, it has been determined descendants of these 
individuals are members of the Kanosh Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe 
of Utah, who inhabited this area during the protohistoric and contact 
periods.
    Between 1990 and 1995, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were discovered on private property in Panguitch, Washington 
County, UT. The human remains were taken to the Panguitch Sheriff's 
department, and then to the Anasazi State Park. In 1997, the human 
remains were transferred to the Utah Museum of Natural History and 
accessioned into the collections. No known individual was identified. 
No associated funerary objects are present.
    The result of an osteological analysis indicates that the 
individual is Native American and likely of Numic descent. Based on the 
geographical location of the burial, it has been determined that the 
individual was likely a member of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, who 
inhabited this area during the protohistoric and contact periods. The 
Kanosh Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah is taking responsibility 
for the repatriation of this individual.
    In 1932, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from Black Rock Butte, Millard County, UT, by a private 
collector. In 1932, the human remains were loaned to the University of 
Utah. On November 10, 1972, transfer of the University anthropology 
collections to the Utah Museum of Natural History occurred. In 1992, 
the loan was converted to ownership by the museum under Utah law. No 
known individual was identified. The burial goods claimed to have been 
found with the remains were not located in 2009. It is unknown if the 
objects were ever in the possession of the University of Utah. 
Therefore, no associated funerary objects are present.
    The result of an osteological analysis indicates that the 
individual is Native American and likely of Numic descent. Based on the 
geographical location of the burial, it has been determined that the 
individual was likely a member of the Kanosh Band of the Paiute Indian 
Tribe of Utah, who inhabited this area during the protohistoric and 
contact periods.
    Officials of the Utah Museum of Natural History have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described above 
represent the physical remains of eight individuals of Native American 
ancestry. Officials of the Utah Museum of Natural History also have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the three 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 Utah Museum of 
Natural History 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 Kanosh Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of 
Utah.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Duncan Metcalfe, Utah Museum of Natural History, 
1390 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, telephone (801) 
581-3876, before October 20, 2010. Repatriation of the human remains 
and associated funerary objects to the Kanosh Band of the Paiute Indian 
Tribe of Utah may proceed after that date if no additional claimants 
come forward.
    The Utah Museum of Natural History is responsible for notifying the 
Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Nevada and Utah; 
Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie); Paiute Indian 
Tribe of Utah; Skull Valley Band of Goshute

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Indians of Utah; and the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray 
Reservation, Utah, that this notice has been published.

    Dated: September 10, 2010
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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