FR Doc E8-3454[Federal Register: February 25, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 37)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Pioneer Historical Society of 
Bent County, Las Animas, CO

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 in the possession of the 
Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County, Las Animas, CO. The human 
remains were removed from La Plata County, CO.
    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. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Pioneer 
Historical Society of Bent County professional staff in consultation 
with representatives of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern 
Ute Reservation, Colorado.
    On an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from "an old grave" found in the vicinity of 
the Southern Ute Indian Reservation at Ignacio, La Plata County, CO. 
The human remains were donated to the museum by Mrs. Will Cooper on an 
unknown date. No known individual was identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    The general description of the location from which the human 
remains were removed, as well as the collecting practices of people in 
the area, suggests this individual is Native American. The Southern Ute 
Reservation is a checkerboard with many private in-holdings from which 
the human remains are believed to have been removed. The U.S. 
Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs does not exert 
control over the human remains in this notice. The Southern Ute Indian 
Tribe lives on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.
    Officials of the Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County 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 Pioneer Historical Society 
of Bent County also 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 the 
Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Kathy 
Finau, Project Coordinator, Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County, 
PO Box 68, Las Animas, CO 81045, telephone (719) 469-8818, before March 
26, 2008. Repatriation of the human remains to the Southern Ute Indian 
Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado may proceed after that 
date if no additional claimants come forward.
    Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County is responsible for 
notifying the Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute 
Reservation, Colorado that this notice has been published.

    Dated: December 20, 2007
Sherry Hutt.
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-3454 Filed 2-22-08; 8:45 am]

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