[Federal Register: April 20, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 77)]
[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 Leland Bliss, chairman
of the Lovelock Paiute Tribe of the Lovelock Indian Colony, Nevada.
    In the early 1900s, human remains representing one individual were
removed from the vicinity of Lovelock, NV, by John T. Reid. These
remains were donated to the Nevada Historical Society after Mr. Reid's
death by his brother, Paul Reid, in 1941. The Nevada Historical Society
is an agency within the Nevada State Division of Museums and History.
No known individual was identified. The seven associated funerary
objects are a rifle barrel, a metal pipe, cloth, shoes, a mammal bone,
and wood fragments.
    Osteological evidence indicates that these human remains represent
a Native American. The dental patterns are characteristic of post-1840s
diet. The presence of a rifle and Euro-American clothing also date the
remains to the post-1840s. The location where the human remains were
found is within the known historic territory of the Lovelock Paiute
Tribe of the Lovelock Indian Colony, Nevada. Both tribal oral history
and historical evidence document that this group has occupied the
Lovelock area since before the 1840s.
    In the early 1900s, human remains representing one individual were
removed from the vicinity of Lovelock, NV, by John T. Reid. These
remains were donated to the Nevada Historical Society after Mr. Reid's
death by his brother, Paul Reid, in 1941. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Morphological evidence indicates that this individual is a Native
American. The teeth exhibit caries, a condition common in post-contact
Native American remains, which are rare in prehistoric individuals from
western Nevada. The location where the human remains were found is
within the known historic territory of the Lovelock Paiute Tribe of the
Lovelock Indian Colony, Nevada. Both tribal oral history and historical
evidence document that this group have occupied the Lovelock area since
before the 1840s.
    In the early 1900s, human remains representing one individual were
removed from the vicinity of Lovelock, NV, by John T. Reid. These
remains were donated to the Nevada Historical Society after Mr. Reid's
death by his brother, Paul Reid, in 1941. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Osteological evidence indicates that these human remains are Native
American. A piece of glass found in the vicinity of the remains
tentatively dates the remains to a post-1840s time period. The location
where the human remains were found is within the known historic
territory of the Lovelock Paiute Tribe of the Lovelock Indian Colony,
Nevada. Both tribal oral history and historical evidence document that
this group has occupied the Lovelock area since before the 1840s.

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    Based on morphological evidence, these human remains are determined
to be Native American. Dental characteristics and objects from the
vicinity of the burials provisionally date the remains to a post-1840s
context. The locations of all of the burials are within the known
historic territory of the Lovelock Paiute Tribe of the Lovelock Indian
Colony, Nevada. Tribal oral history and historic records document the
presence of this group in this region of Nevada prior to Euro-American
contact.
    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 three
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Nevada State
Museum also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2(d)(2), the
seven 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 Nevada
State Museum 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 associated funerary
objects and the Lovelock Paiute Tribe of the Lovelock Indian Colony,
Nevada.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Lovelock Paiute Tribe
of the Lovelock Indian Colony, Nevada. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains and associated funerary objects 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 21, 2001. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Lovelock Paiute
Tribe of the Lovelock Indian Colony, Nevada may begin after that date
if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 30, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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