[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 211 (Thursday, October 31, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 65370-65371]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-25978]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-14099; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Pima County Office of the Medical 
Examiner, Tucson, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (hereafter 
referred to as PCOME) has completed an inventory of human remains and 
associated funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate 
Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that 
there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and 
associated funerary objects and present-day Indian tribes or Native 
Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or 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 
and associated funerary objects should submit a written request to the 
PCOME. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of 
the human remains and associated funerary objects to the lineal 
descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in 
this notice may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or 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 and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request with information in 
support of the request to the PCOME at the address in this notice by 
December 2, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Bruce Anderson, Forensic Anthropologist, PCOME, Tucson, 
AZ 85714, telephone (520) 243-8600.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 
U.S.C.

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3003, of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated 
funerary objects under the control of the PCOME, Tucson, AZ. The human 
remains and associated funerary objects were removed from a location 
near the town of San Manuel, Pinal County, 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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains and associated funerary 
objects was made by the PCOME professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak 
Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, 
Arizona; Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian 
Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Pascua Yaqui Tribe of 
Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River 
Reservation, Arizona; San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos 
Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; White Mountain 
Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona; and the Zuni 
Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 2009, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from a river wash near San Manuel in Pinal County, AZ. The 
remains were removed from the location by the Pinal County Sheriff's 
Office and were transferred to Pinal County Medical Examiner's Office 
for forensic analysis. The Pinal County Medical Examiner, Dr Rebecca 
Hsu, transferred the remains to the Pima County Office of the Medical 
Examiner for examination by a forensic anthropologist. Dr. Bruce 
Anderson, Forensic Anthropologist at the PCOME, examined the remains 
and determined them likely to be prehistoric and of Native American 
ancestry. The remains were designated with PCOME case number ML 09-
01398. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    In 2010, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from a river wash near San Manuel in Pinal County, AZ. The 
remains were removed from the location by the Pinal County Sheriff's 
Office and were transferred to Pinal County Medical Examiner's Office 
for forensic analysis. The Pinal County Medical Examiner, Dr. Rebecca 
Hsu, transferred the remains to the Pima County Office of the Medical 
Examiner for examination by a forensic anthropologist. Dr. Bruce 
Anderson, Forensic Anthropologist at the PCOME, examined the remains 
and determined them likely to be prehistoric and of Native American 
ancestry. The remains were designated with PCOME case number ML 10-
02448. No known individuals were identified. The 387 associated 
funerary objects are all Olivia shell beads.
    The human remains and associated funerary objects described in this 
notice were removed from a location within a 20 mile radius a known the 
prehistoric ruin, site BB:7:5. This site is a known Native American 
Hohokam ruin that was deemed such due to the discovery of Gila 
Polychrome pottery sherds, Conus and Olivia shell necklaces, and 
jackrabbit bone tube necklaces. The Hohokam geographical range is 
represented by the modern day Gila River Indian Community of the Gila 
River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Tohono 
O'odham Nation of Arizona; and the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, 
New Mexico.

Determinations Made by the PCOME

    Officials of the PCOME have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of at least two 
individuals of Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 387 objects 
described in this notice 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 Gila 
River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; 
Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and the Zuni 
Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or 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 and associated 
funerary objects should submit a written request with information in 
support of the request to Dr. Bruce Anderson, Pima County Office of the 
Medical Examiner, 2825 East District, Tucson, AZ 85714, telephone 
(520)-243-8600, by December 2, 2013. After that date, if no additional 
requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains 
and associated funerary objects to the Gila River Indian Community of 
the Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, 
Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; and 
the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico, may proceed.
    The PCOME is responsible for notifying Ak Chin Indian Community of 
the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Fort McDowell 
Yavapai Nation, Arizona; Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River 
Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Pascua Yaqui Tribe 
of Arizona; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River 
Reservation, Arizona; San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos 
Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona; White Mountain 
Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona; and the Zuni 
Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico, that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: September 16, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-25978 Filed 10-30-13; 8:45 am]
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