[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 121 (Tuesday, June 24, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35792-35793]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-14744]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-15828; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: U.S. Department of 
the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Gila District Office, Tucson, 
AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribes, has determined that the cultural items 
listed in this notice meet the definition of unassociated funerary 
objects. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe not 
identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items 
should submit a written request to the BLM. If no additional claimants 
come forward, transfer of control of the cultural items to the lineal 
descendants or Indian tribes stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe not 
identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items 
should submit a written request with information in support of the 
claim to the BLM at the address in this notice by July 24, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Tim Shannon, District Manager, Bureau of Land Management, 
Gila District Office, 3201 East Universal Way, Tucson, AZ 85756, 
telephone (520) 258-7200, email tshannon@blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here 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 BLM Gila District Office 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 Item(s)

    In 1983 and 1985, 169 objects were removed from site AZ U:15:109 
(ASM) in Florence, Pinal County, AZ, in addition to human remains and 
associated funerary objects, during legally authorized salvage 
excavations of the site. A Notice of Inventory Completion was published 
in the Federal Register (65 FR 45399-45401, July 21, 2000) for the 
human remains and associated funerary objects from burials A through C 
of AZ U:15:109 (ASM). The human remains and associated funerary objects 
were repatriated to the Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River 
Indian Reservation, Arizona. The Gila River Indian Community of the 
Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona, has requested repatriation of 
the 169 objects from site AZ U:15:109 (ASM) as unassociated funerary 
objects. The objects consist of 158 pottery sherds, 8 lithics, 1 large 
decorated sherd, and 2 reconstructed pottery jars.
    Based on ceramics, site AZ U:15:109 (ASM) was identified as 
Hohokam. Continuities of ethnographic materials, technology, and 
architecture indicate affiliation of site AZ U:15:109 (ASM) with 
present-day Piman, O'odham and Puebloan cultures. Oral traditions 
presented by representatives of the Ak-Chin Indian Community of the 
Maricopa (Ak-Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; the Gila River Indian 
Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; the Salt River 
Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; 
the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; and 
the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico, support affiliation 
with Hohokam and Salado sites in central Arizona.

Determinations Made By the Bureau of Land Management

    Officials of the Bureau of Land Management have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the 169 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 Gila River Indian Community of 
the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe not 
identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items 
should submit a written request with information in support of the 
claim to Tim Shannon, District Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Gila 
District Office, 3201 East Universal Way, Tucson, AZ 85756, telephone 
(520) 258-7200, email tshannon@blm.gov, by July 24, 2014. After that 
date, if no additional claimants have come forward, transfer of control 
of the unassociated funerary objects to the Gila River Indian Community 
of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona, may proceed.
    The BLM is responsible for notifying the Gila River Indian 
Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona, that this 
notice has been published.


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    Dated: May 15, 2014.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2014-14744 Filed 6-23-14; 8:45 am]
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