[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 61 (Friday, March 29, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19304-19305]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-07359]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-12466; PCU00RP14.R50000-PPWOCRADN0]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: The Colorado 
College, Colorado Springs, CO

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Colorado College, in consultation with the appropriate 
Indian tribe, has determined that the cultural item meets the 
definition of unassociated funerary object and repatriation to the Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona may occur if no additional claimants come forward. 
Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the cultural items may contact The Colorado 
College.

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DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the cultural item should contact The Colorado 
College at the address below by April 29, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Jermyn Davis, Chief of Staff, President's Office, Colorado 
College, Armstrong Hall, Room 201, 14 E. Cache La Poudre, Colorado 
Springs, CO 80903, telephone (719) 389-6201.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 a cultural item under the 
control of The Colorado College that meets the definition of 
unassociated funerary object 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 Native 
American cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Items

    The unassociated funerary object is a corrugated ceramic cooking 
vessel (Lang-Bixby 318). Between 1897 and 1898, human remains, 
associated and unassociated funerary objects, as well as other cultural 
items were removed from a cliff ruin in a canyon tributary of Comb 
Wash, San Juan County, UT, under the auspices of the Lang Expedition of 
1897-1898. Prior to 1900, General William Jackson Palmer acquired what 
became known as the Lang-Bixby Collection, which he subsequently 
transferred to The Colorado College. Beginning in the late 1960s, the 
Lang-Bixby Collection was transferred, along with other collections 
from The Colorado College Museum, through long-term loans to the Fine 
Arts Center (formerly known as the Taylor Museum and the Colorado 
Springs Fine Arts Center) and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
(formerly known as the Denver Museum of Natural History). In 1993, the 
Fine Arts Center included the unassociated funerary objects from the 
Lang-Bixby Collection in its NAGPRA summary.
    The unassociated funerary object is ancestral Puebloan based on 
type and style. The human remains and associated funerary objects from 
this collection were described in two Notices of Inventory Completion 
(NICs) published in the Federal Register (69 FR 19232-19233, April 12, 
2004, corrected by 74 FR 42105-42106, August 20, 2009). The other 36 
unassociated funerary objects from this same location were described in 
a Notice of Intent to Repatriate (NIR) published in the Federal 
Register (77 FR 15798, March 16, 2012). The human remains and funerary 
objects were determined to be Ancestral Puebloan. A relationship of 
shared group identity can reasonably be traced between ancestral 
Puebloan peoples and modern Puebloan peoples based on oral tradition 
and scientific studies. The human remains, associated funerary objects, 
and unassociated funerary objects described in the notices above have 
been repatriated to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona. A preponderance of the 
evidence supports cultural affiliation of the unassociated funerary 
object in this notice to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona.

Determinations Made by The Colorado College

    Officials of The Colorado College have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the cultural item 
described above is 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.
     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 object and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary object should 
contact Jermyn Davis, Chief of Staff, President's Office, Colorado 
College, Armstrong Hall, Room 201, 14 E. Cache La Poudre, Colorado 
Springs, CO 80903, telephone (719) 389-6201, before April 29, 2013. 
Repatriation of the unassociated funerary object to the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Colorado College is responsible for notifying the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona that this notice has been published.

    Dated: February 28, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-07359 Filed 3-28-13; 8:45 am]
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