FR Doc 03-21390
[Federal Register: August 21, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 162)]
[Notices]               
[Page 50552]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of 
Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, and 
U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, 
DC

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains and associated funerary 
objects in the possession of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of 
Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, and in 
the control of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, Washington, DC. The human remains and associated funerary 
objects were removed from the tribal lands of the Navajo Nation, 
Arizona, Utah, & New Mexico, Apache County, AZ.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of 
the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the 
Native American human remains and associated funerary objects. The 
National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within 
this notice.
    An assessment of the human remains, and catalog records and 
associated documents relevant to the human remains, was made by Phoebe 
A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology professional staff in consultation 
with representatives of the Navajo Nation, Arizona, Utah, and New 
Mexico.
    In 1924, human remains representing at least two individuals were 
removed from the ``West bank of Pueblo Colorado Wash,'' in the 
Cornfields District, Apache County, AZ, by Albert B. Reagan, who 
donated the human remains to the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology 
in the same year. No known individuals were identified. The one 
associated funerary object is a cotton cloth fragment.
    Based on museum records that identify the human remains as a 
``partial Navajo skeleton'' and the geographical location of the 
burials, the human remains are determined to be Native American. The 
presence of an associated funerary object of European origin dates the 
burials to a post-European contact time period. Consultation evidence 
indicates that the region was inhabited by Navajo culture groups at the 
time of European contact. The current descendants are the Navajo 
Nation, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. The west bank of Pueblo Colorado 
Wash, Cornfields District, Apache County, AZ, is within the exterior 
boundaries of the tribal lands of the Navajo Nation, Arizona, Utah, and 
New Mexico.
    Officials of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of at least two individuals of 
Native American ancestry. Officials of the U.S. Department of the 
Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of 
Anthropology also havae determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3001(3)(A), the one object described 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, officials 
of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs and 
the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group 
identity that can be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and associated funerary object and the Navajo Nation, 
Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
object should contact C. Richard Hitchcock, NAGPRA Coordinator, Phoebe 
A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 
Berkeley, CA 94720, telephone (510) 642-6096, before September 22, 
2003. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary object 
to the Navajo Nation, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology is responsible for 
notifying the Navajo Nation, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: July 8, 2003.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 03-21390 Filed 8-20-03; 8:45 am]

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