[Federal Register: April 12, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 71)]
[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 Possession of the Nevada State
Museum, Carson City, NV

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 possession of the Nevada State Museum, Carson
City, NV.
    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 Nevada State
Museum professional staff in consultation with Vernadine McLain, NAGPRA
coordinator for the Walker River Paiute Tribe of the Walker River
Reservation, Nevada.
    In the 1970s, human remains representing one individual were
exposed during earthmoving activities near Schurz, NV. These remains
were removed by an unidentified Nevada State Museum staff member and
donated to the museum at the same time. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The remains have been radiocarbon-dated to 310 years before the
present time. This date and characteristics of the cranial morphology
provide the basis for determination of the individual as a Native
American. Schurz, NV, is within the known historic territory of the
Walker River Paiute Tribe of the Walker River Reservation, Nevada. Both
tribal oral history and historic evidence document that this Native
American group has occupied the Walker Lake area since before the time
of European contact. On the basis of osteology, date, oral history, and
historical evidence, these remains are determined to be affiliated with
the Walker River Paiute Tribe of the Walker River Reservation, Nevada.

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    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Nevada
State Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of one
individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Nevada State
Museum also 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 Walker River Paiute
Tribe of the Walker River Reservation, Nevada.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Walker River Paiute
Tribe of the Walker River Reservation, Nevada. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains should contact Dr. Alanah Woody, Nevada
Division of Museums and History NAGPRA Coordinator, 600 North Carson
Street, Carson City, NV 89701, telephone (775) 687-4810, extension 229,
before May 14, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains to the Walker
River Paiute Tribe of the Walker River Reservation, Nevada may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 28, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-8989 Filed 4-11-01; 8:45 am]
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