[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 52 (Friday, March 16, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 15798]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office 
[www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-6330]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: The Colorado College, Colorado 
Springs, CO

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Colorado College, in consultation with the appropriate Indian 
tribe, has determined that the cultural items meet the definition of 
unassociated funerary objects and repatriation to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona 
may occur if no additional claimants come forward. Representatives of any 
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the 
cultural items may contact The Colorado College.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a cultural 
affiliation with the cultural items should contact The Colorado College at 
the address below by April 16, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Jermyn Davis, Chief of Staff, President's Office, Colorado 
College, Armstrong Hall, Room 201, 14 E. Cache La Poudre, Colorado Springs, 
CO 80903, telephone (719) 389-6201.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given in accordance with the 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 
3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items under the control of The 
Colorado College that meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects 
under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    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 agency that has control of the Native American 
cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Items

    The 36 unassociated funerary objects are ceramic vessels, at least two of 
which contain corn. The vessels are bowls, mugs, pitchers, vases (seed jars), 
jars and ladles. The vessel styles are black-on-gray, black-on-white, Tusayan 
black-on-red, corrugated and gray ware. Between 1897 and 1898, human remains, 
associated and unassociated funerary objects, as well as other cultural items 
were removed from a cliff ruin in a canyon tributary of Comb Wash, San Juan 
County, UT, under the auspices of the Lang Expedition of 1897-1898. Prior to 
1900, General William Jackson Palmer acquired what became known as the Lang-
Bixby Collection, which he subsequently transferred to The Colorado College. 
Beginning in the late 1960s, the Lang-Bixby Collection was transferred, along 
with other collections from The Colorado College Museum, through long-term 
loans to the Fine Arts Center (formerly known as the Taylor Museum and the 
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center) and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
(formerly known as the Denver Museum of Natural History). In 1993, the Fine 
Arts Center included the unassociated funerary objects from the Lang-Bixby 
Collection in its NAGPRA summary.
    The unassociated funerary objects are ancestral Puebloan based on type 
and style. The human remains and associated funerary objects from this 
collection were described in two Notices of Inventory Completion (NICs) 
published in the Federal Register (74 FR 42105-42106, August 20, 2009, and 69 
FR 19232-19233, April 12, 2004). The human remains and associated funerary 
objects were determined to be Ancestral Puebloan. A relationship of shared 
group identity can reasonably be traced between ancestral Puebloan peoples 
and modern Puebloan peoples based on oral tradition and scientific studies. 
The human remains and associated funerary objects have been repatriated to 
the Hopi Tribe of Arizona. A preponderance of the evidence supports cultural 
affiliation of the unassociated funerary objects to the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona.

Determinations Made by The Colorado College

    Officials of The Colorado College have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the 36 cultural items described above 
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.
     Pursuant to 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 Hopi Tribe of Arizona.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary objects should contact 
Jermyn Davis, Chief of Staff, President's Office, Colorado College, Armstrong 
Hall, Room 201, 14 E. Cache La Poudre, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903, 
telephone (719) 389-6201, before April 16, 2012. Repatriation of the 
unassociated funerary objects to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Colorado College is responsible for notifying the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona that this notice has been published.

    Dated: March 12, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-6330 Filed 3-15-12; 8:45 am]
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