[Federal Register: March 15, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 50)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]

 
Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, 
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, DC, and University of Wyoming, 
Anthropology Department, Human Remains Repository, Laramie, WY

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 possession of the 
University of Wyoming, Anthropology Department, Human Remains 
Repository, Laramie, WY. The human remains and associated funerary 
objects were removed from within the boundaries of the Crow 
Reservation, Yellowstone County, MT.
    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 University 
of Wyoming, Anthropology Department, Human Remains Repository, 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Crow 
Tribe of Montana.
    In the 1930s or early 1940s, human remains representing a minimum 
of one individual were removed from a rock walled burial cyst by 
members of the Montana Archaeological Survey on the Crow Reservation, 
Yellowstone County, MT. The remains have been at the University of 
Wyoming since the 1960s, but possibly earlier (HR015). No known 
individual was identified. The two associated funerary objects are one 
small glass trade bead and a fragment of cloth.
    Human Remains Repository notes indicate that the burial was 
associated with other burial cysts and probably dates after the 1860s. 
The University of Wyoming, Anthropology Department, Human Remains 
Repository, determined that the human remains are Native American based 
on cranial morphology and tooth form. Based on the notes and the burial 
location, officials of the Human Remains Repository reasonably believe 
that the remains represent an individual related to the Crow Tribe of 
Montana. The Crow Tribe presented evidence that showed the burial 
location is within their tribal homeland as defined by the Treaty of 
Fort Laramie (1851), Indian Claims Commission (3 Ind. Cls. Comm. 147), 
and U.S. Court of Claims (284 F.2c 361 (1960)).
    Officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the University of 
Wyoming, Anthropology Department, Human Remains Repository, have 
determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), that the human remains 
described above represent the physical remains of one individual of 
Native American ancestry. Officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and 
the University of Wyoming, Anthropology Department, Human Remains 
Repository, have also

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determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), that the two 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 
a death rite or ceremony. Lastly, officials of the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs and the University of Wyoming, Anthropology Department, Human 
Remains Repository, have determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), 
that 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 Crow Tribe of Montana.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Rick L. Weathermon, NAGPRA Contact at the 
University of Wyoming, Department 3431, Anthropology, 1000 E. 
University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071, telephone (307) 766-5136, before 
April 14, 2011. Repatriation of the human remains and associated 
funerary objects to the Crow Tribe of Montana may proceed after that 
date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The University of Wyoming, Anthropology Department, Human Remains 
Repository, is responsible for notifying the Crow Tribe of Montana that 
this notice has been published.

    Dated: March 9, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-5856 Filed 3-14-11; 8:45 am]
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