[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 38 (Monday, February 27, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11577-11578]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office 
[www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-4509]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


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

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; correction.

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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 under 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 
objects were removed from sites within the boundaries of the Fort Apache 
Indian Reservation, Gila and Navajo Counties, 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 objects. The National Park Service is not 
responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    This notice corrects the minimum number of individuals and the number

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of associated funerary objects in a Notice of Inventory Completion previously 
published in the Federal Register (76 FR 14064-14067, March 15, 2011). During 
final preparations for reburial, additional fragmentary human remains were 
discovered from three of the ten sites listed in the notice. As a result, the 
total number of individuals is corrected from 241 to 261. Also, additional 
associated funerary objects from one of the ten sites listed in the previous 
notice were discovered, and the number of associated funerary objects from 
another site was revised. Therefore, the total number of associated funerary 
objects is corrected from 74 to 103.
    In the Federal Register notice (76 FR 14064-14067, March 15, 2011), 
paragraph four is corrected by substituting the following paragraph:
    In 1979, fragmentary human remains representing, at minimum, 20 
individuals were removed from the Hilltop Ruin Site, AZ P:14:12(ASM), Navajo 
County, AZ, during a legally authorized survey conducted by the University of 
Arizona Archaeological Field School, under the direction of Madeleine Hinkes. 
A report prepared by Hinkes describes the presence of at least 45 unauthorized 
excavation pits at this site. The human remains were collected from these pits 
or adjacent backdirt piles. There is no record in Arizona State Museum files 
regarding the accession of these human remains; however, the collection likely 
entered the museum in the same year as other collections from the summer field 
school. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects 
are present.
    Paragraph number 7 is corrected by substituting the following paragraph:
    There is no record in Arizona State Museum files regarding the accession 
of these human remains; however, the collection likely entered the museum in 
the same year as other collections from the summer field school. No known 
individuals were identified. The 36 associated funerary objects include: 1 
stone axe, 1 bone bead, 2 carved stone objects, 1 shell pendant, 1 pierced 
shell, 3 projectile points, 2 ceramic vessels, 1 rim sherd, 1 shell bead, 8 
shell fragments, 7 ceramic sherds, 1 shell tinkler, 3 turquoise fragments, 2 
worked lithic artifacts, 1 worked shell artifact, and 1 worked shell fragment.
    Paragraph number 11 is corrected by substituting the following paragraph:
    Between 1976 and 1989, legally authorized excavations were conducted at 
the site of Chiwodist[aacute]s, AZ P:14:24(ASM), Navajo County, AZ, by the 
University of Arizona Archaeological Field School, under the direction of J. 
Jefferson Reid. No human burials were intentionally excavated during this 
project. Archeological collections from the site were brought to the museum at 
the end of each field season, but no accession number was assigned to them. 
Between 2009 and 2011, Arizona State Museum staff found fragmentary human 
remains representing, at minimum, 31 individuals intermingled with animal bone 
collections from this site. The animal bones are not considered to be 
associated funerary objects. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    Paragraph number 19 is corrected by substituting the following paragraph:
    In 1929, human remains representing six individuals were removed from 
Canyon Creek Ruin, AZ C:2:8(GP)/AZ V:2:1(ASM), Gila County, AZ during legally 
authorized excavations conducted by the Gila Pueblo Foundation, under the 
direction of Emil Haury. In 1950, the Gila Pueblo Foundation closed and the 
collections were transferred to the Arizona State Museum. No known individuals 
were identified. The 64 associated funerary objects include: 1 yucca fiber 
apron, 1 basketry bowl, 2 cradleboards, 1 basketry tump strap, 3 ceramic 
bowls, 1 gourd bottle, 1 gourd dipper, 1 gourd rind, 2 gourd scoops, 1 hair 
bundle, 1 cotton manta, 1 basketry mat, 5 basketry mat fragments, 1 piece of 
plant fiber, 1 plant fiber blanket, 1 yucca fiber quid, 1 lot of cotton 
roving, 2 sandals, 1 wood spindle, 28 textile fragments, 3 textile wrappings, 
4 wood lattice fragments, and 1 lot of yucca fiber yarn.
    Paragraph number 24 is corrected by substituting the following paragraph:
    In 1969, human remains representing, at minimum, five individuals were 
removed from site AZ V:2:12(ASM), Gila County, AZ, during legally authorized 
salvage activities conducted by the University of Arizona Archaeological Field 
School, under the direction of David Tuggle. The site had been extensively 
vandalized and the objective of the University of Arizona archeologists was to 
recover human remains that had been disturbed. Archeological collections from 
the site were brought to the museum at the end of the field season, but no 
accession numbers were assigned. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    Paragraph number 29 is corrected by substituting the following paragraph:
    Officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Arizona State Museum have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described above 
represent the physical remains of 261 individuals of Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 103 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.
     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 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 John McClelland, NAGPRA Coordinator, Arizona State Museum, 
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, telephone (520) 626-2950, before 
March 28, 2012. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary 
objects to the Hopi Tribe 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 Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, 
Arizona; and the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: February 22, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-4509 Filed 2-24-12; 8:45 am]
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