[Federal Register: March 20, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 54)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Control of the U.S. Department
of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office, Santa
Fe, NM

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the control of the U.S. Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office, Santa Fe, NM.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the
University of Colorado Museum, Eastern New Mexico University, the
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology (University of New Mexico), the New
Mexico State University Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, the San Juan
County Museum, and Bureau of Land Management professional staff in
consultation with representatives of the Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico;
the Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; the Pueblo of San Juan, New Mexico;
the Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Tesuque, New
Mexico; the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; the Hopi Tribe of
Arizona; the Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah; the Pueblo
of Acoma, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; the Pueblo of
Isleta, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; and the Zuni Tribe
of the Zuni Reservation.
    Before 1937, human remains representing one individual were
recovered from site LA 632 in New Mexico during unauthorized
excavations by unknown individuals. These human remains are presently
curated at the Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM. No known individual
was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on material culture, architecture, and site organization,
site LA 632 has been identified as a large Anasazi pueblo occupied
between C.E. 1300-1600.
    In 1978, human remains representing two individuals were recovered
from site LA 297 in New Mexico during legally authorized excavations
and collections conducted by Mike O'Neill of the Bureau of Land
Management. These human remains are presently curated at the Maxwell
Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico. No known individuals
were identified. No associated funerary objects were present.
    Between 1979 and 1981, human remains representing eight individuals
were recovered from site LA 297 in New Mexico during legally authorized
excavations and collections by Occidental College. These human remains
are currently curated at the Museum of New Mexico. No known individuals
were identified. The 10 associated funerary objects include stone
tools, chipped stone, corn cobs, and burial wrappings.
    Based on material culture, architecture, and site organization,
site LA 297 has been identified as a large Anasazi pueblo occupied
between C.E. 1300-1600.
    Continuities of ethnographic materials, technology, oral
traditions, and architecture indicate affiliation of sites LA 632 and
LA 297 with the Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Pojoaque,
New Mexico; the Pueblo of San Juan, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Santa
Clara, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; and the Pueblo of
San Ildefonso, New Mexico.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the New
Mexico State Office of the Bureau of Land Management have determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above
represent the physical remains of 11 individuals of Native American
ancestry. Officials of the New Mexico State Office of the Bureau of
Land Management also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2), the 10 objects listed 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. Lastly, officials of
the New Mexico State Office of the Bureau of Land Management have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship
of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between these
Native American human remains and the Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; the
Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; the Pueblo of San Juan, New Mexico; the
Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico;
and the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Pueblo of Nambe, New
Mexico; the Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; the Pueblo of San Juan, New
Mexico; the Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Tesuque,
New Mexico; the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; the Hopi Tribe of
Arizona; the Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah; the Pueblo
of Acoma, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; the Pueblo of
Isleta, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; and the Zuni Tribe
of the Zuni Reservation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
should contact Stephen L. Fosberg, State Archeologist and NAGPRA
Coordinator, New Mexico State Office, Bureau of Land

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Management, 1474 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87502-0115, telephone (505)
438-7415, before April 19, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains to
the Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico;
the Pueblo of San Juan, New Mexico; the Pueblo of Santa Clara, New
Mexico; the Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; and the Pueblo of San
Ildefonso, New Mexico may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: February 6, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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