[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 52 (Friday, March 16, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15800-15801]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office 
[www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-6323]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest 
Regional Office, Albuquerque, NM

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In furtherance of notices sent to Federally-recognized tribes in 
1995, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed an inventory of human 
remains in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has 
determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and 
a present-day Indian tribe. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes 
itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest Regional Office. Repatriation of 
the human remains to the Indian tribes stated below may occur if no 
additional claimants come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a cultural 
affiliation with the human remains should contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Southwest Regional Office, at the address below by April 16, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Benjamin J. Tuggle, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, 500 Gold Ave. SW., P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, NM 87103. Procedural 
questions may be addressed to David Siegel, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
telephone (505) 248-7396.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 under the control of the U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service and in the possession of the Maxwell Museum, 
Albuquerque, NM. The human remains were removed from the Sevilleta National 
Wildlife Refuge, Socorro County, NM.
    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

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agency that has control of the Native American human remains. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    In 1995, a detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service professional staff in consultation with the Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, 
New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa 
Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santo Domingo, 
New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of San Juan, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of 
Tesuque, New Mexico; Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and the Zuni Tribe of 
the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico (hereinafter referred to as ``The Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1980, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual were 
removed from Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro County, NM. The 
partial set of human remains, exposed and undercut by floodwaters, was 
removed by the University of New Mexico Office of Contract Archeology. The 
remains from the excavations are housed at the Maxwell Museum in Albuquerque, 
NM. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present. The remains are of prehistoric, Puebloan origins. Based on cultural 
traditions, ethnographic sources, and oral history, the remains are 
culturally affiliated to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona.

Determinations Made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest Regional 
Office

    Officials of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this 
notice represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American 
ancestry.
     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 Hopi Tribe of Arizona.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally 
affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. Benjamin J. Tuggle, 
Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 500 Gold Ave. SW., P.O. 
Box 1306, Albuquerque, NM 87103. Procedural questions may be addressed to 
David Siegel, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, telephone (505) 248-7396, 
before April 16, 2012. Repatriation of the human remains to the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for notifying The 
Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: March 12, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-6323 Filed 3-15-12; 8:45 am]
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