[Federal Register: June 18, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 117)]
[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 U.S.
Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Rocky Mountain
National Park, Estes Park, CO

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 U.S. Department of the
Interior, National Park Service, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes
Park, CO.
    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
National Park Service unit that has control or possession of these
Native American human remains and associated funerary objects. The
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships is
not responsible for the determinations within this notice.
    A detailed inventory and assessment of the human remains has been
made by professional staff of the National Park Service in consultation
with representatives of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray
Reservation, Utah; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation,
Wyoming; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; and Jicarilla Apache
Tribe of the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, New Mexico.
    In 1935, human remains representing one individual were discovered
near the Thompson River entrance to the park. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Soils at Rocky Mountain National Park are highly acidic and not
conducive to the prolonged preservation of organic materials. Most bone
left in this type of soil tends to disintegrate within approximately
100 years. The human remains discovered near the Thompson River
entrance to the park are in fairly good condition, suggesting that they
were most likely deposited during the historic period. The Uintah or
Ouray Ute, Arapaho, and Jicarilla Apache are known to have occupied the
park in historic times.

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    Based on the above-mentioned information, the Rocky Mountain
National Park superintendent has 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. The Rocky
Mountain National Park superintendent also has determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), that there is a relationship of shared
group identity that can be reasonably traced between these Native
American human remains and either the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah &
Ouray Reservation, Utah; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation,
Wyoming; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; or Jicarilla Apache Tribe
of the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, New Mexico.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Ute Indian Tribe of
the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River
Reservation, Wyoming; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; and
Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, New
Mexico. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with these human remains should contact
Superintendent A. Durand Jones, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes
Park, CO 80517, telephone (970) 586-1332, before July 18, 2001.
Repatriation of the human remains to the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah
& Ouray Reservation, Utah; Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River
Reservation, Wyoming; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; and
Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, New
Mexico may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.

    Dated: May 10, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-15307 Filed 6-15-01; 8:45 am]
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