[Federal Register: November 5, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 214)]
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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 Control of the U.S. Department
of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office,
Santa Fe, NM

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 control of the U.S. Department of Interior,
Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office, Santa Fe, NM.
    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 Colorado Museum, Eastern New Mexico University, Maxwell
Museum of Anthropology (University of New Mexico), New Mexico State
University Museum, Museum of New Mexico, San Juan County Museum, and
Bureau of Land Management professional staffs in consultation with
representatives of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Navajo Nation, Arizona,
New Mexico & Utah; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New
Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni
Reservation, New Mexico.
    In 1981, human remains representing 10 individuals were recovered
from site LA 31848 in New Mexico during legally authorized excavations
and collections conducted by the Archeological Field School of Simon
Fraser University. These human remains presently are curated by the
Museum of New Mexico. No known individuals were identified. The one
associated funerary object is a bone awl.
    Based on material culture, architecture, and site organization,
site LA 31848 has been identified as an Anasazi pueblo occupied between
C.E. 1100-1300.
    Continuities of ethnographic materials, technology, and
architecture indicate affiliation of Anasazi sites in this area of New
Mexico with historic and present-day Puebloan cultures. Oral traditions
presented by representatives of the Pueblo of Acoma support cultural
affiliation with Anasazi sites in this area of New Mexico.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, Bureau of Land
Management, New Mexico State Office officials have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above
represent the physical remains of 10 individuals of Native American
ancestry. Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office officials
also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the one
object listed above is 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, Bureau of Land Management, New
Mexico State Office officials have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group identity which can be
reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and
associated funerary object and the Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe of
Arizona; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Pueblo of Acoma,
New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico;
Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; 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 object should contact
Stephen L. Fosberg, State Archeologist and NAGPRA Coordinator, New
Mexico State Office, Bureau of Land Management, 1474 Rodeo Road, Santa
Fe, NM 87502-0115, telephone (505) 438-7415, before December 5, 2001.
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary object to the
Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: October 3, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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