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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Nevada Test Site, Nevada Operations Office, Department of
Energy, Las Vegas, NV

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3005 (a)(2), of the intent to
repatriate cultural items in the possession of the Nevada Test Site,
Nevada Operations Office, Department of Energy which meets the
definition of ``sacred object'' and ``unassociated funerary object''
under Section 2 of the Act.
    Between 1977-1990, twelve items were recovered from site 26NY4015
in the Nevada Test Site during a legally authorized survey. The items
consist of ceramics, groundstones, glass beads, bifaces, tin strips,
glass buttons, a pipe fragment, pendants, a stone drill, and one piece
of incised stone. These items were recovered in the same vicinity where
Native American human remains had previously been recovered.
Consultation evidence indicates these items are consistent with
funerary objects typically included with Western Shoshone and Paiute
burials and are believed to have come from the same burial site.
    Also between 1977 and 1990, 22 items were recovered from six
archeological sites during legally authorized excavations within the
Nevada Test Site. The 22 items include glass beads, stone pendent
fragements, projectile points, a metal awl, and one stone shaft
straightener. Consultation evidence and oral tradition presented by
tribal representatives and traditional religious leaders indicate these
objects are specific ceremonial objects within Western Shoshone and
Paiute traditions and are needed by Native American religious leaders
for the practice of traditional Native American religions by their
present-day adherents.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, Department of Energy
officials have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(C), these
22 cultural items are specific ceremonial objects needed by traditional
Native American religious leaders for the practice of traditional
Native American religions by their present-day adherents. Officials of
the Department of Energy have also determined that, pursuant to 25
U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), these twelve cultural items 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 and are
believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed form
a specific burial site of an Native American individual. Finally,
Department of Energy officials have further determined that, pursuant
to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity
which can be reasonably traced between these items and the Benton
Paiute Tribe, Big Pine Paiute Tribe, Bishop Paiute Tribe, the
Chemehuevi Paiute Tribe, the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the
Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, the Ely Shoshone Tribe, the Fort Independence
Indian Community of Paiute Indians, the Lone Pine Paiute Tribe, the Las
Vegas Paiute Tribe, the Kaibab Paiute Tribe, the Moapa Band of Paiutes,
the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, and the
Yomba Shoshone Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Benton Paiute Tribe,
Big Pine Paiute Tribe, Bishop Paiute Tribe, the Chemehuevi Paiute
Tribe, the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe,
the Ely Shoshone Tribe, the Fort Independence Indian Community of
Paiute Indians, the Lone Pine Paiute Tribe, the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe,
the Kaibab Paiute Tribe, the Moapa Band of Paiutes, the Paiute Indian
Tribe of Utah, the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, and the Yomba Shoshone
Tribe; and the Pahrump Paiute Tribe, the Las Vegas Indian Center, and
Owens Valley Board of Trustees, three Native American groups.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these objects should contact Robert C.
Furlow, NAGPRA Program Manager, DOE Nevada Operations Office, P.O. Box
98518, Las Vegas, NV 89193-8518, telephone (702) 295-0845, fax (702)
295-1455 before August 23, 1996. Repatriation of these objects to the
Benton Paiute Tribe, Big Pine Paiute Tribe, Bishop Paiute Tribe, the
Chemehuevi Paiute Tribe, the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the
Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, the Ely Shoshone Tribe, the Fort Independence
Indian Community of Paiute Indians, the Lone Pine Paiute Tribe, the Las
Vegas Paiute Tribe, the Kaibab Paiute Tribe, the Moapa Band of Paiutes,
the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, and the
Yomba Shoshone Tribe may begin after

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that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: July 16, 1996.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist, 
Chief, Archeology and Ethnongraphy Program.
[FR Doc. 96-18607 Filed 7-23-96; 8:45 am]
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