[Federal Register: May 20, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 97)]
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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, National Park Service, Zion National Park, Springdale,
UT

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 the Interior,
National Park Service, Zion National Park, Springdale, UT.
    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 Manager,
National NAGPRA Program is not responsible for the determinations
within this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the National
Park Service's professional staff in consultation with representatives
of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the
Kaibab Indian Reservation, Arizona; Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians
of the Las Vegas Indian Colony, Nevada; Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of
the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada; Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah
(Cedar City, Indian Peak, Kanosh, Koosharem, Shivwits Bands); Ute
Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah; and Zuni Tribe
of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.
    In 1927, human remains representing one individual were donated to
Zion National Park. No information on the provenance of the human
remains was provided. No known individual was identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    In 1933, human remains representing three individuals were
recovered during legally authorized excavations within the boundary of
Zion National Park. The excavation was under the direction of
archeologist Ben Wetherill. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1935, human remains representing one individual were donated to
Zion National Park. No information on the provenance of the human
remains was provided. No known individual was identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    In the 1960s, human remains representing one individual were
donated to Zion National Park. No information on the provenance of the
human remains was provided. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1960, human remains representing one individual were donated to
Zion National Park. No information on the provenance of the human
remains was provided. No known individual was identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    In 1962, human remains representing two individuals were donated to
Zion National Park. The human remains are believed to have been
excavated on private land in Springdale, UT. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1964, human remains representing one individual were discovered
at a site within the boundary of Zion National Park. No known
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In the 1970s, human remains representing one individual were
donated to Zion National Park. No information on the provenance of the
human remains was provided. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on the above mentioned information, the superintendent of
Zion National Park determined in 1995 that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)
(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains of
11 individuals of Native American ancestry. In 2001, the superintendent
of Zion National Park also determined that a relationship of shared
group identity could not reasonably be traced between these human
remains and any present-day Indian tribe.
     In May 2001, the superintendent of Zion National Park requested a
recommendation regarding the disposition of these culturally
unidentifiable human remains from the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Review Committee. The review committee is charged by
statute with compiling an inventory of culturally unidentifiable human
remains and recommending specific actions for developing a process for
disposition of such remains [25 U.S.C. 3006 (d)(5)]. The superintendent
of Zion National Park requested that the review committee recommend
disposition of the culturally unidentifiable human

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remains to seven Indian tribes that have demonstrated a cultural
relationship with the Zion National Park area by means of a final
judgement of the Indian Claims Commission and other sources.
    The review committee considered the request at its May 31-June 2,
2001, meeting in Kelseyville, CA. On August 13, 2001, the Assistant
Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships, writing on
behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, informed the superintendent of
Zion National Park that the review committee recommended disposition of
the culturally unidentifiable human remains to the Hopi Tribe of
Arizona; Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian
Reservation, Arizona; Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians of the Las
Vegas Indian Colony, Nevada; Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa
River Indian Reservation, Nevada; Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar
City, Indian Peak, Kanosh, Koosharem, Shivwits Bands); Ute Indian Tribe
of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni
Reservation, New Mexico.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe of
Arizona; Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian
Reservation, Arizona; Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians of the Las
Vegas Indian Colony, Nevada; Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa
River Indian Reservation, Nevada; Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar
City, Indian Peak, Kanosh, Koosharem, Shivwits Bands); Ute Indian Tribe
of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni
Reservation, New Mexico. Representatives of any Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
should contact Martin C. Ott, Superintendent, Zion National Park,
Springdale, UT 84767-1099, telephone (435) 772-0142, before July 19,
2002. Disposition of these human remains to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona;
Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians of the Kaibab Indian Reservation,
Arizona; Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians of the Las Vegas Indian
Colony, Nevada; Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa River Indian
Reservation, Nevada; Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar City, Indian
Peak, Kanosh, Koosharem, Shivwits Bands); Ute Indian Tribe of the
Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni
Reservation, New Mexico may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: April 16, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-12562 Filed 5-17-02; 8:45 am]
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