[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 149 (Thursday, August 2, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 46115-46116]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18938]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-10772; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: San Diego Museum of Man, San 
Diego, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The San Diego Museum of Man has completed an inventory of 
human remains in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribe, and 
has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human 
remains and a present-day Indian tribe. Representatives of any Indian 
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human 
remains may contact the San Diego Museum of Man. Repatriation of the 
human remains to the Indian tribe stated below may occur if no 
additional claimants come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the San 
Diego Museum of Man at the address below by September 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Philip Hoog, San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, Balboa 
Park, San Diego, CA 92101, telephone (619) 239-2001, ext. 43.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 San Diego Museum of Man. The human remains were 
removed from the Paa-ko Pueblo site in Bernalillo 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. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the San 
Diego Museum of Man professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico.

History and Description of the Remains

    From 1935 to 1937, human remains representing, at minimum, 209 
individuals were removed from the Paa-ko Pueblo site (LA 162) in 
Bernalillo County, NM. The Paa-ko skeletal collection was acquired 
through field excavations under the direction of Edgar L. Hewett along 
with the Museum of New Mexico and the University of New Mexico, working 
in cooperation with the Federal Works Progress Administration. The Paa-
ko skeletal collection was sent to Spencer Rogers, the Scientific 
Director of the San Diego Museum of Man, in 1950. Dr. Rogers moved a 
portion of these remains to San Diego State College for research. 
Another portion of the Paa-ko skeletal collection was housed at the 
University of Southern California. When Dr. Rogers retired from San 
Diego State College in 1971, both collections were returned to the San 
Diego Museum of Man. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    Of the 209 individuals in the Paa-ko collection, 117 are sub-adults 
and 92 are adults. In the total collection, 191 sets of remains are of 
prehistoric origin and 18 sets of remains are of historic origin. The 
Paa-ko site is believed to have had two periods of occupation, from 
approximately A.D. 1300 to 1425 and then again from approximately A.D. 
1525 to 1626 or later, the latter period coinciding with the arrival of 
the Spanish in this region. Documented evidence, material culture, and 
ethnographical accounts show that the inhabitants of the Paa-ko Pueblo 
site (LA 162), during both periods of its occupation, were members of 
the early Tamayame people, ancestors to the current Native American 
people of the Pueblo of Santa Ana.
    Oral tradition of the modern Tamayame, or people of the Pueblo of 
Santa Ana, ethnographical accounts, and documented archaeological 
evidence reasonably suggest a line of continued shared group identity 
between the early archaic peoples of the Southwest, the later Anasazi 
(or Ancestral Puebloan or Hisatsinom), the Keres people and their 
branch of early Tamayame (people of Tamaya, a.k.a. Santa Ana) people, 
and the modern Native American inhabitants of the Pueblo of Santa Ana.

Determinations Made by the San Diego Museum of Man

    Officials of the San Diego Museum of Man have determined that:

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     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 209 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     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 Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Philip 
Hoog, San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, 
CA 92101, telephone (619) 239-2001, ext. 43 before September 4, 2012. 
Repatriation of the human remains to the Pueblo of Santa Ana, New 
Mexico, may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The San Diego Museum of Man is responsible for notifying the Pueblo 
of Santa Ana, New Mexico that this notice has been published.

    Dated: July 5, 2012.
Mariah Soriano,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-18938 Filed 8-1-12; 8:45 am]
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