[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 189 (Friday, September 28, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 59657-59658]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-23941]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-11154; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, 
National Park Service, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 
Walnut Canyon National Monument, has completed an inventory of human 
remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has 
determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the remains 
and any present-day tribe. Representatives of any Indian tribe that 
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may 
contact Walnut Canyon National Monument. Disposition of the human 
remains to the tribes stated below may occur if no additional 
requestors come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact Walnut 
Canyon National Monument at the address below by October 29, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Diane Chung, Superintendent, Walnut Canyon National 
Monument, 6400 N. Hwy 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, telephone (928) 526-1157 
ext. 227.

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 in the 
possession of Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff, AZ. The human 
remains were removed from within the boundaries of Walnut Canyon 
National Monument in Coconino County, AZ.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3) and 
43 CFR 10.11(d). The determinations in this notice are the sole 
responsibility of the Superintendent, Walnut Canyon National Monument.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Walnut 
Canyon National Monument professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona; Havasupai 
Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; 
Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Arizona; 
Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico; Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of 
the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Arizona; Kewa Pueblo, New Mexico 
(formerly the Pueblo of Santo Domingo); Mescalero Apache Tribe of the 
Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & 
Utah; Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico (formerly the Pueblo of San Juan); 
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 San Ildefonso, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo 
of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of 
Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; San Carlos Apache Tribe 
of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona; San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe 
of Arizona; Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; White Mountain Apache Tribe 
of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona; Yavapai-Apache Nation of the 
Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Arizona; Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the 
Yavapai Reservation, Arizona; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni 
Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico. The Pueblo of San Felipe, 
New Mexico, was contacted, but did not have an internal process to 
address the issue of repatriation. Hereafter, all tribes listed above 
are referred to as ``The Tribes.''

History and Description of the Remains

    Between 1940 and 1948, human remains representing a minimum of ten 
individuals were removed from NA739 in Coconino County, AZ, by National 
Park Service personnel. The site is a nine-room contiguous cliff 
dwelling. Based on the ceramic assemblage recovered from the site, 
NA739 is dated to A.D. 1150-1250. No known individuals were identified. 
No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1940, human remains representing a minimum of three individuals 
were removed from NA311 in Coconino County, AZ, by National Park 
Service personnel. The site is a five-room contiguous cliff dwelling 
dated to A.D. 1150-1250. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1941, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from an unknown location within the boundaries of Walnut 
Canyon National Monument in Coconino County, AZ. No known individuals 
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Between 1942 and 1943, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from an unknown location within the boundaries 
of Walnut Canyon National Monument in Coconino County, AZ, and donated 
to the Burke Museum, Seattle, WA. The collection was returned to Walnut 
Canyon National Monument in 2000. No known individuals were identified. 
No associated funerary objects are present.
    Between 1965 and 1967, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from an unknown location within the boundaries 
of Walnut Canyon National Monument in Coconino County, AZ. No

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known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of three 
individuals were removed from an unknown location within the boundaries 
of Walnut Canyon National Monument in Coconino County, AZ. The human 
remains were donated to Walnut Canyon National Monument in 1960. No 
known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    At unknown dates, human remains representing a minimum of five 
individuals were removed from unknown locations within the boundaries 
of Walnut Canyon National Monument in Coconino County, AZ. No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    Walnut Canyon National Monument has determined that there is not 
sufficient evidence to support a cultural affiliation determination for 
the human remains described above.

Determinations Made by Walnut Canyon National Monument

    Officials of Walnut Canyon National Monument have determined that:
     Based on osteological analysis, the human remains are 
Native American.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), a relationship of shared 
group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and any present-day Indian tribe.
     According to final judgments of the Indian Claims 
Commission, the land from which the Native American human remains were 
removed is the aboriginal land of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, 
Arizona; Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation, Arizona; Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona; Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian 
Reservation, Arizona; Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab 
Indian Reservation, Arizona; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; 
San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona; San 
Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona; Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; 
White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona; 
Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Arizona; 
and Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the Yavapai Reservation, Arizona.
     Multiple lines of evidence, including treaties, Acts of 
Congress, and Executive Orders, indicate that the land from which the 
Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of 
the Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe 
of Arizona; Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, 
Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico; Kaibab Band of Paiute 
Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Arizona; Mescalero Apache 
Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, 
New Mexico & Utah; San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos 
Reservation, Arizona; San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona; Tonto 
Apache Tribe of Arizona; and White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort 
Apache Reservation, Arizona.
     Other credible lines of evidence, including consultation 
with tribal representatives, indicate that the land from which the 
Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of 
the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 24 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the 
human remains may be to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona; 
Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, 
Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico; Kaibab Band of Paiute 
Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, Arizona; Mescalero Apache 
Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, 
New Mexico & Utah; San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos 
Reservation, Arizona; San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona; Tonto 
Apache Tribe of Arizona; White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache 
Reservation, Arizona; Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian 
Reservation, Arizona; Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the Yavapai 
Reservation, Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New 
Mexico.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains or any other Indian tribe 
that believes it satisfies the criteria in 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1) should 
contact Diane Chung, Superintendent, Walnut Canyon National Monument, 
6400 N. Hwy 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, telephone (928) 526-1157 ext. 227, 
before October 29, 2012. Disposition of the human remains to the Fort 
McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona; Havasupai Tribe of the Havasupai 
Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Hualapai Indian Tribe of 
the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Nation, New 
Mexico; Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation, 
Arizona; Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New 
Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; San Carlos Apache 
Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona; San Juan Southern Paiute 
Tribe of Arizona; Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; White Mountain Apache 
Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona; Yavapai-Apache Nation of 
the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Arizona; Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of 
the Yavapai Reservation, Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico, may proceed after that date if no additional 
requestors come forward.
    Walnut Canyon National Monument is responsible for notifying The 
Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: August 24, 2012.
Melanie O'Brien,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-23941 Filed 9-27-12; 8:45 am]
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