FR Doc 2010-18435[Federal Register: July 29, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 145)]
[Notices]               
[Page 44808-44809]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Forest Service, Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ, 
and Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent 
to repatriate cultural items in the control of the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Forest Service, Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ, 
and in the possession of the Arizona State Museum, University of 
Arizona, Tucson, AZ, that meet the definition of unassociated funerary 
objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    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 cultural 
items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.
    The 57 cultural items are 2 ceramic vessels, 4 non-ceramic vessels, 
10 arrow shafts, 4 arrow foreshafts, 12 arrows, 3 quivers, 2 bows, 9 
items of clothing, 3 textile fragments, 3 pieces of yucca fiber cord, 1 
prayer stick, 2 bags, 1 bundle of human hair and 1 botanical sample. In 
1933, the 57 cultural items were removed without an Antiquities Act 
permit from Hidden House Ruin on National Forest System land, 
administered by Coconino National Forest, by Clarence R. King of the 
United Verde Copper Company. In February 1934, the cultural items came 
into the possession of the Arizona State Museum and have remained at 
the museum since that time.
    According to museum records, the objects were found below the 
surface with human remains. Both were removed, however, the human 
remains were immediately reburied. Therefore, the objects are 
considered to be unassociated funerary objects.
    Based on material culture, architecture and site organization, the 
small cliff dwelling at Hidden House Ruin has been identified as a 
Southern Sinaguan site in Sycamore Canyon in north-central Arizona and 
was occupied between A.D. 1100 and A.D. 1300.

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Continuities of oral traditions, ethnographic materials, technology, 
and architecture indicate the affiliation of Southern Sinaguan sites in 
Sycamore Canyon with the Hopi Tribe of Arizona.
    Officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 
Coconino National Forest, have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3001(3)(B), the 57 cultural items 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 and 
are believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed 
from a specific burial site of a Native American individual. Officials 
of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Coconino 
National Forest, have also determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be 
reasonably traced between the unassociated funerary objects and the 
Hopi Tribe of Arizona.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary objects should 
contact Dr. Frank E. Wozniak, NAGPRA Coordinator, Southwestern Region, 
USDA Forest Service, 333 Broadway Blvd., SE., Albuquerque, NM 87102, 
telephone (505) 842-3238, before August 30, 2010. Repatriation of the 
unassociated funerary objects to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona may proceed 
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Coconino 
National Forest, is responsible for notifying the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona; Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the Yavapai Reservation, Arizona; 
and the Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico, that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: June 22, 2010.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-18435 Filed 7-28-10; 8:45 am]
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