FR Doc 04-6651
[Federal Register: March 25, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 58)]
[Notices]               
[Page 15378-15379]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items: U.S. Department of 
Defense, Department of the Army, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort 
Huachuca, Fort Huachuca, AZ

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), 43 CFR 10.8 (f), of the 
intent to repatriate cultural items in the possession of the U.S. 
Department of Defense, Department of the Army, U.S. Army Intelligence 
Center and Fort Huachuca, Fort Huachuca, AZ, that meet the definition 
of unassociated funerary objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(B).
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.8 (f). The 
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the cultural 
items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations within this notice.
    The eight unassociated funerary objects are one group of shell 
ornaments, two ceramic vessels, one ceramic dice cup, one ceramic 
figurine, two stone effigies, and one stone rasp.

    The funerary objects were recovered in association with a cremation 
burial from excavations at the Garden Canyon site, AZ EE:11:13 (ASM), 
Fort Huachuca, AZ, conducted by a University of Arizona graduate 
student in 1964 with permission from Fort Huachuca. Between 1964 and 
July 2003, the funerary objects and human remains were curated at the 
Fort Huachuca History Museum.
    When collections from the Fort Huachuca History Museum were 
transferred to the Environmental and Natural Resources Division at Fort 
Huachuca in July 2003, the human remains could not be located.
    The context and style of artifacts recovered from the Garden Canyon 
site are representative of the archeological Hohokam culture as defined 
in the

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Phoenix and Tucson Basins. While there are no radiocarbon dates from 
the Garden Canyon site, radiocarbon dates from Hohokam sites in other 
parts of Arizona suggest a temporal context for the Garden Canyon site 
of approximately A.D. 600-1400. The Ak Chin Indian Community of the 
Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila River Indian 
Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River 
Reservation, Arizona; and Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona claim the 
archeological Hohokam culture as ancestral. The Ak Chin Indian 
Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila 
River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; 
Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the 
Salt River Reservation, Arizona; and Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona 
agree that the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona will assume 
responsibility for the repatriation and reburial of the unassociated 
funerary objects.
    Officials of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca 
have determined that the cultural items described in this notice meet 
the definition of unassociated funerary objects at 25 U.S.C. 3001 
(3)(B): the 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 from a specific burial site of a 
Native American individual. Officials of the U.S. Army Intelligence 
Center and Fort Huachuca also have determined that, according to the 
definition of cultural affiliation at 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a 
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced 
between the unassociated funerary objects and the Ak Chin Indian 
Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila 
River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; 
Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the 
Salt River Reservation, Arizona; and Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary objects should 
contact Charles Slaymaker, Ph.D., Department of the Army, U.S. Army 
Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca, Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613, 
telephone (520) 533-9089, before April 26, 2004. Repatriation of the 
unassociated funerary objects to the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona 
may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca is responsible 
for notifying the
    Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian 
Reservation, Arizona; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Gila River 
Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona; Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, 
New Mexico; Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa 
Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; San Carlos 
Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham 
Nation of Arizona; White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache 
Reservation, Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New 
Mexico that this notice has been published.

    Dated: January 29, 2004.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 04-6651 Filed 3-24-04; 8:45 am]

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