[Federal Register: October 9, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 195)]
[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 University of
Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver,
CO, and in the Control of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, San Juan
National Forest, Durango, 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, and
in the control of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, San Juan National
Forest, Durango, 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 and San Juan National Forest professional staff in
consultation with representatives of the Colorado River Indian Tribes
of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Arizona and California; Hopi
Tribe of Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the Jicarilla Apache Indian
Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah;
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; Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah; Southern Ute
Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Ute Indian
Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; Ute Mountain Tribe of
the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah; Ysleta Del
Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New
Mexico.
    Between 1921 and 1924, human remains representing a minimum of two
individuals were recovered from a site near Chimney Rock, Archuleta
County, CO, by a team led by J.A. Jeancon, curator of archeology at the
Colorado State Museum. Other members of the team included Dr. E.B.
Renaud, founder of the University of Denver Department of Anthropology,
Frank H.H. Roberts, of the University of Denver, and his brother Henry
B. Roberts. No known individuals were identified. The nine associated
funerary objects are one grey ceramic jar with weathered black designs,
seven nonhuman bones, and one lot of plant fiber.
    The recovery site is part of the San Juan National Forest. The
human remains were found in the jar, which had been placed in a cist in
a pithouse on Stollsteimer Mesa, at the junction of the Piedra River
and Stollsteimer Creek. The pithouse was on the western side of the
mesa, above the river. The site is near the Chimney Rock site (5AA245)
which dates to the Pueblo II (A.D. 800-1125) period. There is a
connection between the remains listed in this notice and Chimney Rock.
The research of Jeancon, Roberts, and recent investigators has firmly
established that the ceramic/architectural sites in the Piedra River
drainage in the vicinity of Chimney Rock are Ancestral Puebloan
(Anasazi) in nature and are generally contemporaneous with the
occupations at Chimney Rock.
    The area around Chimney Rock is referred to as the Piedra-Pagosa
Region and the Piedra District, and has been identified as the
ancestral territory of the Hopi, Pueblo of Acoma, Pueblo of Cochiti,
Pueblo of Isleta, Pueblo of Jemez, Pueblo of Laguna, Pueblo of Nambe,
Pueblo of Picuris, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of San Felipe, Pueblo of
San Ildefonso, Pueblo of San Juan, Pueblo of Sandia, Pueblo of Santa
Ana, Pueblo of Santa Clara, Pueblo of Santo Domingo, Pueblo of Taos,
Pueblo of Tesuque, Pueblo of Zia, Ysleta Del Sur

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Pueblo, Zuni Tribe, Skull Valley Ute, Southern Ute, Uintah and Ouray
Ute, and Ute Mountain Ute. The scientific literature provides
significant evidence of cultural affiliation between Ancestral Puebloan
culture and the Pueblos of today. Representatives of the Hopi Tribe of
Arizona, the Pueblo of Acoma, the Pueblo of Isleta, the Pueblo of
Jemez, the Zuni Tribe of Arizona, and the Navajo Nation provided
written and oral testimony confirming the cultural affiliation of
contemporary Puebloan peoples with Ancestral Puebloan culture.
Consultation evidence also indicates affiliation with the Navajo and
Jicarilla Apache as well as the Hopi, Pueblo of Acoma, Pueblo of
Cochiti, Pueblo of Isleta, Pueblo of Jemez, Pueblo of Laguna, Pueblo of
Nambe, Pueblo of Picuris, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of San Felipe,
Pueblo of San Ildefonso, Pueblo of San Juan, Pueblo of Sandia, Pueblo
of Santa Ana, Pueblo of Santa Clara, Pueblo of Santo Domingo, Pueblo of
Taos, Pueblo of Tesuque, Pueblo of Zia, Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, Zuni
Tribe, Skull Valley Ute, Southern Ute, Uintah and Ouray Ute, and Ute
Mountain Ute.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of
Anthropology and San Juan National Forest have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above
represent the physical remains of a minimum of two individuals of
Native American ancestry. Officials of the University of Denver
Department of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology and San Juan
National Forest also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2), the nine 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 and San Juan National Forest 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; Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the Jicarilla Apache Indian
Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah;
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; Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah; Southern Ute
Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Ute Indian
Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; Ute Mountain Tribe of
the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah; Ysleta Del
Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New
Mexico.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Colorado River Indian
Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Arizona and
California; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the
Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation,
Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; 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; Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians
of Utah; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation,
Colorado; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; Ute
Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico &
Utah; 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 Calvin N. Joyner, Forest
Supervisor, San Juan National Forest, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO
81301, telephone (970) 247-4874, or Jan I. Bernstein, Collections
Manager and NAGPRA Coordinator, University of Denver Department of
Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, 2000 Asbury, Sturm Hall S-146,
Denver, CO 80208-2406, e-mail jbernste@du.edu, telephone (303) 871-
2543, before November 8, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary objects to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Jicarilla
Apache Tribe of the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, New Mexico;
Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; 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; Skull Valley Band of
Goshute Indians of Utah; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute
Reservation, Colorado; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray
Reservation, Utah; Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation,
Colorado, New Mexico & Utah; 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: August 15, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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