FR Doc E6-3555
[Federal Register: March 14, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 49)]
[Notices]               
[Page 13163-13164]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, 
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, DC, and Arizona State Museum, 
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

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 control of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau 
of Indian Affairs, Washington, DC, and in the physical custody of the 
Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. The human 
remains and associated funerary object were removed from a site within 
the boundaries of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Pinal 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 in 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 object. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Bureau of 
Indian Affairs and Arizona State Museum professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Ak Chin Indian Community of 
the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila River Indian 
Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River 
Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe 
of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico. The Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico has withdrawn from this consultation. The Gila 
River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona is 
acting on behalf of the Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak 
Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian 
Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; and Tohono O'odham 
Nation of Arizona; and themselves.
    At an unknown date between 1931 and 1934, human remains 
representing one individual were removed from a cremation feature at an 
unknown site in the vicinity of Sacaton (AZ U:14:--), Gila River Indian 
Reservation, Pinal County, AZ, by Carl A. Moosberg. No known individual 
was identified. The one associated funerary object is a Sacaton Red-on-
buff jar in which the human remains had been placed subsequent to 
cremation.
    The vessel and the human remains were donated to the Arizona State 
Museum by Carl A. Moosberg in 1935. In 1953, the vessel and the remains 
were sent to the Chicago Natural History Museum (now the Field Museum 
of Natural History) as part of an exchange. In December 2005, the Field 
Museum returned the vessel and the remains to the Arizona State Museum. 
Additional human remains from the same site, representing a minimum of 
one individual, were reported in a Notice of Inventory Completion 
published in the Federal Register on December 22, 2004 (FR Doc. 04-
28000, page 76781).
    Based on characteristics of the mortuary pattern and the attributes 
of the ceramic style, this burial has been identified as being 
associated with the Sedentary phase of the Hohokam archeological 
tradition, which spanned the years circa A.D. 950-1150.
    Continuities of mortuary practices, ethnographic materials, and 
technology indicate affiliation of Hohokam settlements with present-day 
O'odham (Piman), Pee Posh (Maricopa), and Puebloan cultures. Oral 
traditions documented for the Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa 
(Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila River Indian Community of 
the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt 
River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, 
Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico support affiliation with Hohokam sites in 
central Arizona.
    Officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Arizona State Museum 
have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human 
remains described above represent the physical remains of one 
individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Bureau of 
Indian Affairs and Arizona State Museum also have 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 Bureau of Indian Affairs and Arizona 
State Museum have also 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 Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak 
Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila River Indian Community of the 
Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt 
River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, 
Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, 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 John Madsen, Repatriation Coordinator, Arizona 
State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, telephone (520) 
621-4795, before April 13, 2006. Repatriation of the human remains and 
associated funerary object to the Ak Chin Indian Community of the 
Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila River Indian 
Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River 
Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe 
of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The Arizona State Museum is responsible for notifying the Ak Chin 
Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; 
Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, 
Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian 
Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation 
of Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New

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Mexico that this notice has been published.

    Dated: February 10, 2006.
Sherry Hutt,
National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E6-3555 Filed 3-13-06; 8:45 am]

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