[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 8 (Friday, January 11, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2430-2431]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00448]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-11902; 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 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 San Pete and Utah 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''].

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History and Description of the Remains

    In about 1953, human remains representing, at minimum, three 
individuals were removed by children from site 42SP5 near the town of 
Indianola, in San Pete County, UT. The remains were found under a 
series of shallow overhangs under large flat rocks. Seven to ten 
juniper poles were placed over the burials, which were placed on 
juniper bark. The human remains and associated funerary objects were 
donated to the University of Utah in 1953. 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 72 associated funerary objects are 1 lot of lead balls, 
1 lot of caps and shells, 1 lot of wood fragments, 13 pieces of horse 
tack, 3 saddle fragments, 1 knife sheath, 1 rifle and barrel, 1 lot of 
bullet molds, 1 file, 1 pair of scissors, 2 knives, 1 hammer, 2 pairs 
of pliers, 1 beaded bracelet, 1 elbow pipe, 1 shaped glass, 1 shaft 
straightener, 7 textile fragments, 6 buckskin fragments, 13 pieces of 
metal, 7 unworked faunal bones, 2 buttons, and 4 awls.
    In about 1966, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were found at the base of a rockslide at the mouth of 
Spanish Fork Canyon, in Utah County, UT. The human remains and 
associated funerary objects were donated to the University of Utah in 
1966. 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 5 associated funerary objects 
include 1 tinkler cone, 2 pieces of unworked wood, 1 lot of equestrian 
tack, and 1 wood tool.
    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 Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray 
Reservation, Utah, 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 four individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 77 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 Ute 
Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah.

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 Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & 
Ouray Reservation, Utah, 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. 2013-00448 Filed 1-10-13; 8:45 am]
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