[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 8 (Friday, January 11, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2434-2435]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00449]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-11901; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Natural History Museum of Utah, 
Salt Lake City, UT

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Natural History Museum of Utah has completed an inventory 
of human remains and associated funerary objects, in consultation with 
the appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined that there is a 
cultural affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary 
objects and a present-day Indian tribe. Representatives of any Indian 
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human 
remains and associated funerary objects may contact the Natural History 
Museum of Utah. Repatriation of the human remains and associated 
funerary objects to the Indian tribe

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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 and associated funerary 
objects should contact the Natural History Museum of Utah at the 
address below by February 11, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Duncan Metcalfe, Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara 
Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, telephone (801) 581-3876.

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 and 
associated funerary objects in the possession of the Natural History 
Museum of Utah. The human remains and associated funerary objects were 
removed from Weber and Box Elder counties, UT.
    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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Natural 
History Museum of Utah professional staff and representatives of the 
Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Nevada and Utah, and 
the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of 
Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and 
Shivwits Band of Paiutes) (formerly Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar 
City Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of 
Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes)). 
On January 15, 2010, a report of historic-period human remains believed 
to be affiliated with the Numic tribes of Utah was issued to 
representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, 
Nevada and Utah; Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation (previously 
listed as the Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie)); 
Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of 
Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and 
Shivwits Band of Paiutes) (formerly Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar 
City Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of 
Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes)); 
Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah; and the Ute Indian Tribe 
of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah [hereafter referred to as ``The 
Tribes''].

History and Description of the Remains

    In about 1929, human remains representing, at minimum, one 

individual were removed by schoolchildren from a mound located on the 
property of Mound Fort School, just east of Washington Avenue, in the 
city of Ogden, Weber County, UT. The human remains and associated 
funerary objects were donated to the University of Utah in 1929. 
Transfer of the University of Utah's anthropology collections to the 
Natural History Museum of Utah occurred on November 10, 1972. No known 
individuals were identified. The 10 associated funerary objects 
received with the human remains are 1 metal ball, 1 leather sheath, 1 
piece unworked wood, 2 saddle horn fragments, 2 pieces worked bone, 2 
fragments of unworked bone, and 1 shell bead.
    In about 1931, human remains representing, at minimum, nine 
individuals were removed by schoolchildren from a mound one block south 
of Weber County High School in the city of Ogden, Weber County, UT. The 
human remains and associated funerary objects were donated to the 
University of Utah in 1931. Transfer of the University of Utah's 
anthropology collections to the Utah Museum of Natural History occurred 
on November 10, 1972. No known individuals were identified. The 6 
associated funerary objects are 1 lot leather straps, 1 piece of 
groundstone, a metal knife, 2 unworked faunal bone, and a shell 
pendant. These objects indicate that the human remains are from the 
contact period.
    In about 1940, human remains representing, at minimum, three 
individuals were found at the base of a rockslide on the Bonneville 
Terrace southeast of Brigham City, in Box Elder County, UT. The human 
remains and associated funerary objects were donated to the University 
of Utah in 1940. Transfer of the University of Utah's anthropology 
collections to the Utah Museum of Natural History occurred on November 
10, 1972. No known individuals were identified. The 13 associated 
funerary objects are a bow fragment, a spoon, a worked horn, 1 lot of 
horse tack, a metal punch, 1 piece of worked wood, gunshot, two 
mirrors, a harness ring, an awl, and two pieces of unworked faunal 
bone. These objects indicate that the human remains are from the 
contact period.
    The result of an osteological analysis indicates that the human 
remains listed in this notice are Native American. Based on the 
geographic location of the burial and the presence of historic material 
cultural in the mound, it has been determined that the human remains 
are affiliated with the Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation 
(previously listed as the Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah 
(Washakie)), who inhabited this area during the protohistoric and 
contact period.

Determinations Made by the Natural History Museum of Utah

    Officials of the Natural History Museum of Utah have determined 
that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 13 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 29 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 
Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation (previously listed as the 
Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie)).

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Duncan Metcalfe, Natural History Museum of Utah, 
301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, telephone (801) 581-3876, 
before February 11, 2013. Repatriation of the human remains and 
associated funerary objects to the Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation 
(previously listed as the Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah 
(Washakie)) may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Natural History Museum of Utah is responsible for notifying The 
Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: December 11, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-00449 Filed 1-10-13; 8:45 am]
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