[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 159 (Friday, August 16, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50100-50102]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-20005]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13668; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, 
National Park Service, Wupatki 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, 
Wupatki National Monument has completed an inventory of human remains 
and associated funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate 
Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that 
there is a cultural affiliation between the

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human remains and associated funerary objects and present-day Indian 
tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or 
representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not 
identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of 
these human remains and associated funerary objects should submit a 
written request to Wupatki National Monument. If no additional 
requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains and 
associated funerary objects to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, 
or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
request transfer of control of these human remains and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request with information in 
support of the request to Wupatki National Monument at the address in 
this notice by September 16, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Lisa Leap, Acting Superintendent, Wupatki National Monument, 
6400 N Hwy 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, telephone (928) 526-1157 ext. 222, 
email lisa_leap@nps.gov.

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 and 
associated funerary objects under the control of the U.S. Department of 
the Interior, National Park Service, Wupatki National Monument, 
Flagstaff, AZ. The human remains and associated funerary objects were 
removed from within the boundaries of Wupatki 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). The 
determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
Superintendent, Wupatki National Monument.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Wupatki 
National Monument professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Cocopah Tribe of Arizona; Colorado River Indian 
Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Arizona and 
California; Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona; Fort Mojave Indian 
Tribe of Arizona, California & Nevada; 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 (previously listed as the Pueblo of 
Santo Domingo); Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, 
New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Ohkay Owingeh, 
New Mexico (previously listed as 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; Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma 
Indian Reservation, California & Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa 
Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; 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 
Indian Tribe (previously listed as the 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

    In 1934, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from Nalakihu Pueblo, in Coconino County, AZ, during a 
Civil Works Administration excavation conducted by the Museum of 
Northern Arizona. The human remains and associated funerary objects are 
in the physical custody of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, 
AZ. No known individuals were identified. The 19 associated funerary 
objects are 9 animal bones, 1 piece of charred cotton cloth, 1 axe, 1 
pitcher fragment, 1 Walnut black-on-white mug, 1 Tsegi red-on-orange 
ladle, 1 Sunset red bowl, 1 Turkey Hill red jar, 2 obsidian projectile 
points, and 1 piece of charcoal.
    On the basis of architecture and ceramics, Nalakihu Pueblo is dated 
to A.D. 1150-1300. The human remains, a cremation, have been analyzed 
by physical anthropologists who have determined them to be Native 
American. The burial was excavated immediately east of and 
contemporaneous with the site. Incineration occurred on a pyre or 
platform over a shallow, rectangular basin with a circular pit in the 
center. Four poles, slanted inward, intersected at about 4 feet above 
the central pit. The entire pit showed evidence of burning, indicating 
that the cremation occurred at that location. The cremation method is 
highly unusual for the Flagstaff and Wupatki areas but is reminiscent 
of mortuary practices of the lower Colorado River tribes such as the 
historic Quechan, Halchidohoma, Maricopa, Mojave, and/or Cocopah. The 
associated funerary objects are similar to Hopi and Zuni objects.

Determinations Made by Wupatki National Monument

    Officials of Wupatki National Monument 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(3)(A), the 19 objects described 
in this notice 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.
     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 Cocopah 
Tribe of Arizona; Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River 
Indian Reservation, Arizona and California; Fort Mojave Indian Tribe of 
Arizona, California & Nevada; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Quechan Tribe of 
the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, California & Arizona; Salt River 
Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; 
and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
request transfer of control of these human remains and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request with information in 
support of the request to Lisa Leap, Acting Superintendent, Wupatki 
National Monument, 6400 N Hwy 89, Flagstaff,

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AZ 86004, telephone (928) 526-1157 ext. 222, email lisa_leap@nps.gov, 
by September 16, 2013. After that date, if no additional requestors 
have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains and 
associated funerary objects to the Cocopah Tribe of Arizona; Colorado 
River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Arizona 
and California; Fort Mojave Indian Tribe of Arizona, California & 
Nevada; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian 
Reservation, California & Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian 
Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the 
Zuni Reservation, New Mexico may proceed.
    Wupatki National Monument is responsible for notifying The Tribes 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: July 30, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-20005 Filed 8-15-13; 8:45 am]
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