[Federal Register: October 4, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 193)]
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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 University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver,
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 University of Denver
Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver, 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
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 Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology professional staff in consultation with representatives of
the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico;

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Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico;
Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico;
Pueblo of San Juan, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Santo Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo
of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.
    Between the 1920s and the 1950s, human remains representing six
individuals (catalog numbers DU6061, DU6068, DU6069, DU6070, and
DU6181) were collected by Dr. E.B. Renaud, founder of the University of
Denver Department of Anthropology. The remains were collected from
unknown locations in the Southwestern United States. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Dr. Renaud identified these individuals as ``Pueblo'' due to
cranial reshaping that was due to ``cradleboarding.'' Evidence
presented in consultations confirmed that these individuals were the
ancestors of modern Pueblo peoples. The geographic evidence supports
this cultural affiliation. Representatives from the Hopi Tribe, Pueblo
of Acoma, Pueblo of Isleta, Pueblo of Jemez, and Zuni Tribe provided
written and oral testimony confirming a link between the Puebloan
peoples and pre-European contact cultures in the Southwest.
    In 1939, human remains representing one individual (catalog number
1995.1.1) were recovered from Mesa Portales, Sandoval County, NM, by
Theodore Sowers. Mr. Sowers was a graduate of the University of Denver,
and, in 1995, his daughters donated the remains to the University of
Denver so that they could be repatriated. No known individual was
identified. The 24 associated funerary objects are 1 stone pipe, 1 bone
tool, 1 sinker, 3 drills, 2 bone awls, 5 projectile points (stemmed,
side notched, and corner notched), 5 unifacially flaked stone tools,
and 6 bifacially flaked stone tools.
    Mesa Portales was identified by William Whatley, an archeologist
who works for the Pueblo of Jemez, as culturally affiliated with either
the Pueblo of Jemez, Pueblo of Santa Ana, or Pueblo of Zia.
Representatives of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona presented written evidence
that they are culturally affiliated with the Paleoindian, Archaic,
Puebloan (Basketmaker, Hisatsinom (Anasazi), Mogollon, Sinaguan,
Mimbres, Salado), Fremont, Hohokam, and Cohonino peoples, all of whom
lived in the Southwestern United States. Representatives of the Acoma
provided information about oral tradition that tells how they are
culturally affiliated with all of the ancestral Puebloan people. Based
on Zuni oral tradition, ethnographic documentation, historic
documentation, archeological documentation, and other evidence, the
Zuni Tribe claims cultural affiliation with prehistoric cultures of the
Southwestern United States.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of seven
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology also have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 24 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 University of Denver
Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology 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 Hopi
Tribe of Arizona; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San
Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of San
Juan, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana,
New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santo Domingo,
New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni
Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe of
Arizona; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New
Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Juan, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Zia, New Mexico; Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the
Zuni Reservation, New Mexico. Representatives of any other Indian tribe
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains and associated funerary objects should contact Jan I.
Bernstein, Collections Manager and NAGPRA Coordinator, University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, 2000
Asbury, Sturm Hall S- Denver, CO 80208-32406, e-mail jbernste@du.edu,
telephone (303) 871-2543, before November 5, 2001. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Hopi Tribe of
Arizona; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New
Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Juan, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico;
Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of
Zia, New Mexico; Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the
Zuni Reservation, New Mexico may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: June 15, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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