[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 189 (Monday, September 30, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 59960-59961]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-23824]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13512; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Colorado State University, Fort 
Collins, CO

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Colorado State University has completed an inventory of human 
remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native 
Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is no cultural 
affiliation between the human remains and any present-day Indian tribes 
or Native Hawaiian organizations. Representatives of any Indian tribe 
or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish 
to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a 
written request to Colorado State University, Department of 
Anthropology. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of 
control of the human remains to the Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian 
organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian 
organization not identified in this notice that wish to request 
transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written 
request with information in support of the request to Colorado State 
University, Department of Anthropology at the address in this notice by 
October 30, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Christopher Green, Colorado State University, B-218 Clark 
Building, c/o Christopher Green, 1787 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 
80525, telephone (970) 213-3060, email cg99@rams.colostate.edu.

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 under 
the control of Colorado State University, Department of Anthropology, 
Fort Collins, CO. The human remains were removed from unknown 
locations, most likely from the state of Colorado.
    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 Colorado 
State University, Department of Anthropology professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Arapaho Tribe of Wind River 
Reservation, Wyoming; Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, Oklahoma (previously 
listed as the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma); Navajo Nation, 
Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; 
Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; 
and the Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, 
New Mexico & Utah. The following tribes were also invited to 
participate but were not involved in the consultations: Crow Tribe of 
Montana; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Northern Cheyenne Tribe of 
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; Ohkay Owingeh, New 
Mexico (previously listed as the Pueblo of San Juan); Oglala Sioux 
Tribe (previously listed as the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge 
Reservation, South Dakota); Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma; 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)); Pueblo of 
Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa 
Clara, New Mexico; Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian 
Reservation, South Dakota; Shoshone Tribe of Wind River Reservation, 
Wyoming; Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation; Standing 
Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota; Three Affiliated Tribes of 
the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota; Ute Indian Tribe of the 
Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; and the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico (hereafter all tribes listed in this section 
are referred to as ``The Consulted and Notified Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    For the cases listed in this notice, the human remains were 
catalogued and curated by Colorado State University after the date of 
removal. The age of the human remains and the skeletal wear are 
consistent with Native American ancestry. Colorado State University, as 
regular practice, retained only Native

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American human remains in its collection. Collection and archival 
research by Dr. Jason LaBelle and Dr. Ann Magennis between 2005 and 
2010, failed to find any documentation regarding these human remains. 
Therefore, based on these facts and after consultation with the tribes, 
Colorado State University has determined that all of the remains listed 
in this notice are Native American and culturally unidentifiable.
    Sometime before 1969, human remains representing, at minimum, 26 
individuals were removed from unknown locations. Case  1 
represents the partial remains of a child. Cases  2, 3, 4, 5, 
and 6 represent the partial remains of at least five individuals, 
including adults and one sub-adult. Cases  7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 
and 12 represent the partial remains of at least six individuals, 
including adults and sub-adults. Cases  13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 
18a and 18b represent the partial remains of at least seven 
individuals, including four adults and three sub-adults. Cases 
 19, 20, and 21 represent the partial remains of at least 
three individuals, including one adult and two sub-adults. Cases 
 28, 29, and 30 represent the partial remains of at least 
three individuals, all adults. Case  31 represents the partial 
remains of an adult. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    Sometime before 1970, human remains representing, at minimum, ten 
individuals were removed from unknown locations. Case  34 
represents the partial remains of one adult with occipital flattening. 
Animal bone was collected with the remains, though the association 
between the animal bones and human remains is unknown. Case  
33 represents the partial remains of an adult. Cases  35 and 
36 represent the partial remains of one adult female with occipital 
flattening and the fragments of a second individual. Case  37 
represents a cranium with occipital flattening. Cases  38 and 
39 represent the partial remains of two adults. Case  40 
represents an incomplete cranium with occipital flattening. Cases 
 43 and 44 represent the partial remains of two individuals. 
No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects 
are present.
    Sometime before 1971, human remains representing, at minimum, seven 
individuals were removed from unknown locations. Case  46 
represents the partial remains of one adult male with occipital 
flattening. Case  47 represents the partial remains of an 
adult. Case  48 represents the partial remains of an adult, 
probably male. For these three cases, animal bone was collected with 
the remains, though the association between the animal bone and human 
remains is unknown. Case  45 represents the partial remains of 
an adult. Cases  52a and 52b represent the partial remains of 
one adult and another fragmentary individual. Case  
53represents the partial remains of an adult. No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.

    On June 30, 1976, human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from an unknown location. Case  55 
represents the remains of an adult male. No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Sometime before August 1991, human remains representing, at 
minimum, six individuals were removed from unknown locations. Case 
 71 represents the partial remains of one adult male with 
occipital flattening. Case  72 represents the partial remains 
of an adult female. A modern animal pelt was curated with the human 
remains, but based on age, it is not associated with the human remains. 
Cases  73, 74, and 75 represent the partial remains of at 
least three individuals. Case  76 represents the extremely 
fragmentary remains of an individual. No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.16, the Secretary of the Interior may make a 
recommendation for a transfer of control of culturally unidentifiable 
human remains. In May 2013, Colorado State University requested that 
the Secretary, through the Native American Graves Protection and 
Repatriation Review Committee, recommend the proposed transfer of 
control of the culturally unidentifiable Native American human remains 
in this notice to the Ute Mountain Tribe of Ute Mountain Reservation, 
Colorado, New Mexico & Utah. The Review Committee, acting pursuant to 
its responsibility under 25 U.S.C. 3006(c)(5), considered the request 
at its May 2013 meeting and recommended to the Secretary that the 
proposed transfer of control proceed. An August 1, 2013 letter on 
behalf of the Secretary of Interior from the Designated Federal 
Official transmitted the Secretary's independent review and concurrence 
with the Review Committee that:
     Colorado State University consulted with every appropriate 
Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization,
     none of the consulted tribes objected to the proposed 
transfer of control, and
     Colorado State University may proceed with the agreed-upon 
transfer of control of the culturally unidentifiable human remains to 
the Ute Mountain Tribe of Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New 
Mexico & Utah.

Transfer of control is contingent on the publication of a Notice of 
Inventory Completion in the Federal Register. This notice fulfills that 
requirement.

Determinations Made by Colorado State University

    Officials of Colorado State University have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice are Native American based on the condition, the 
assemblage, and the age of the remains.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 50 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), a relationship of shared 
group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and any present-day Indian tribe.
     Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.16, the disposition of the human 
remains will be to the Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain 
Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization 
not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control 
of these human remains should submit a written request with information 
in support of the request to Christopher Green, Colorado State 
University, B-218 Clark Building, c/o Christopher Green, 1787 Campus 
Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80525, telephone (970) 213-3060, email 
cg99@rams.colostate.edu, by October 30, 2013. After that date, if no 
additional requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the 
human remains to Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, 
Colorado, New Mexico & Utah may proceed.
    Colorado State University is responsible for notifying The 
Consulted and Notified Tribes that this notice has been published.


    Dated: August 13, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-23824 Filed 9-27-13; 8:45 am]
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