FR Doc E7-21379
[Federal Register: October 31, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 210)]
[Notices]               
[Page 61674-61675]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Southwest Museum of the American 
Indian, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA

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 Southwest Museum of the American 
Indian, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA. The human remains and 
associated funerary objects were removed from Tularosa Cave, Catron 
County, NM.
    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 objects. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Southwest 
Museum of the American Indian, Autry National Center professional staff 
in consultation with representatives of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; 
Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; Pueblo 
of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, 
New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico. The Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico (formerly the 
Pueblo of San Juan); Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; and 
Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico were invited, but did not participate in the 
consultation.
    In 1905, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from Tularosa Cave in Catron County, NM, by Mr. Peter 
Goddard Gates (P.G. Gates) as part of the Museum-Gates Expedition, a

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collaborative excavation funded by the United States National Museum, 
now the Smithsonian Institution, and amateur archeologist, Mr. Gates. 
On an unknown date, Mr. Gates transferred the human remains into the 
possession of the California Institute of Technology as part of the 
larger P.G. Gates Collection. In 1946, the California Institute of 
Technology loaned the P.G. Gates Collection to the Southwest Museum of 
the American Indian. In 2006, the California Institute of Technology 
transferred possession of the P.G. Gates Collection to the Southwest 
Museum of the American Indian. No known individual was identified. The 
four associated funerary objects are one olivella shell bracelet, two 
mats made of rush, and one fragment of a woven textile of unknown use.
    Archeological evidence of both material culture and geographic 
settlement patterns indicate that Tularosa Cave is an Upland Mogollon 
site that was inhabited between 300 A.D. - 1300 A.D. Abandonment of 
nearly all Mogollon homeland sites before the protohistoric period 
suggests a possible population migration into neighboring puebloan 
territory. Traditional history of the Hopi and Zuni identify the 
occupants of the territory surrounding Tularosa Cave as the Hopi 
Motisinom and the Zuni A:lashina:we, ancestors to the present-day Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico. 
The members of the Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico (formerly the Pueblo of 
San Juan); Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, 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 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 also 
share a similar history. A cultural continuum can be reasonably traced 
between the Upper Mogollon and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Mescalero 
Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; Ohkay Owingeh, 
New Mexico (formerly the Pueblo of San Juan); Pueblo of Acoma, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Isleta, 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 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; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New 
Mexico.
    Officials of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Autry 
National Center 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 
Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Autry National Center also 
have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the four 
objects described 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 Southwest 
Museum of the American Indian, Autry National Center 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 objects and the Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona; Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, 
New Mexico; Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico (formerly the Pueblo of San 
Juan); Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, 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 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; 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 
objects should contact Dr. Duane H. King, Executive Director, or LaLena 
Lewark, Senior NAGPRA Coordinator, Southwest Museum of the American 
Indian, 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065, (323) 221 - 2164, 
extension 241, before November 30, 2007. Repatriation of the human 
remains and associated funerary objects to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; 
Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of 
Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, 
New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New 
Mexico; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico may proceed 
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Autry National Center 
is responsible for notifying the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Mescalero 
Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; Ohkay Owingeh, 
New Mexico (formerly the Pueblo of San Juan); Pueblo of Acoma, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Isleta, 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 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; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New 
Mexico that this notice has been published.

    Dated: September 7, 2007.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E7-21379 Filed 10-30-07; 8:45 am]

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