Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Fort Union National Monument, Watrous, NM, 12189-12190 [E7-4728]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 50 / Thursday, March 15, 2007 / Notices California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California; Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California; and United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria of California that this notice has been published. Dated: February 13, 2007 Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. E7–4731 Filed 3–14–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–S DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Tongass National Forest, Juneau, AK National Park Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES AGENCY: 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Tongass National Forest, Juneau, AK. The human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from Admiralty Island National Monument in southeast Alaska. 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. A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Angoon Community Association; Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes; Kake Tribal Corporation; Kootznoowoo Incorporated; Organized Village of Kake; Sealaska Corporation; Shee Atika Inc.; and Sitka Tribe of Alaska. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service also consulted with the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood Camps in Angoon, Kake and Sitka, non-federally recognized Indian groups. In August 1989, human remains representing a minimum of 18 VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:20 Mar 14, 2007 Jkt 211001 individuals were removed from the Wilson Cove Rockshelter site, southwest Admiralty Island, AK, by Forest Service archeologists. No known individuals have been identified. The four associated funerary objects are four wood planks. The Wilson Cove Rockshelter site is divided into three sites called Rockshelter 1, 2, and 3. The four wood planks are believed to have been part of a bentwood box associated with the human remains at Rockshelter 3. Radiocarbon dates from charcoal and shell from Rockshelter 1 were 755 B.C. - 200 B.C. and 40 B.C - A.D. 230. A radiocarbon date for Rockshelter 3 was 390 B.C. - A.D. 90. A professional physical anthropologist analyzed the human remains from all three sites and determined they are Native American. Ethnographic information and archeological data indicate that the Wilson Cove Rockshelter site is within the traditional territory of the Angoon Tlingit. Oral traditions of the Angoon Tlingit confirm their affiliation with this site. Descendants of the Angoon Tlingit are members of Kootznoowoo Incorporated. Officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9–10), the human remains described above represent the physical remains of 18 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the four 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. Lastly, officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service have 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 Native American human remains and associated funerary objects and Kootznoowoo Incorporated. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary objects should contact Forrest Cole, Forest Supervisor, Tongass National Forest, Federal Building, Ketchikan, AK 99901–6591, telephone (907) 225–3101, before April 16, 2007. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to Kootznoowoo Incorporated may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12189 The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service is responsible for notifying the Angoon Community Association; Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes; Kake Tribal Corporation; Kootznoowoo Incorporated; Organized Village of Kake; Sealaska Corporation; Shee Atika Inc.; Sitka Tribe of Alaska; and Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood Camps in Angoon, Kake and Sitka, non-federally recognized Indian groups, that this notice has been published. Dated: February 13, 2007 Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. E7–4730 Filed 3–14–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–S DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Fort Union National Monument, Watrous, NM National Park Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 and control of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Fort Union National Monument, Watrous, NM. The human remains and cultural items were removed from an area near the fort in Mora County, NM. 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 superintendent, Fort Union National Monument. A detailed assessment of the human remains and associated funerary objects was made by Fort Union National Monument professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; Comanche Nation, Oklahoma; Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico; Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah. E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1 rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES 12190 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 50 / Thursday, March 15, 2007 / Notices The Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado; Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah; White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona; and YavapaiApache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Arizona were contacted for consultation purposes but did not attend the consultation meetings. In 1958, human remains representing a minimum of four individuals were removed from Fort Union National Monument in Mora County, NM, during the construction of park housing. No known individuals were identified. All but 10 of the approximately 40 artifacts found with the human remains have been lost or have disintegrated. The 10 surviving associated funerary objects are 1 turquoise bead, 1 shell bead, 1 fragmentary shell bead, 1 leather fragment, 2 pieces of fabric, 1 fragment of bark, 2 fragments of rotted leather, and 1 fragment of material that is either rotted leather or metal. Most of the objects are only identifiable by consulting the park’s museum catalog cards. Based on skeletal and artifactual analysis, it appears that the four men were beaten, shot, dragged using leather straps found with the bodies, and buried in a grave approximately 18 inches deep. The mass grave was located immediately adjacent to where the Santa Fe Trail entered Fort Union. The men were laid out in an orderly fashion, oriented to the southeast. Most items of value appear to have been removed from the bodies. Buttons and the caliber of bullets used to kill the men indicate that the murders took place sometime between the years of 1863 and 1872. At the request of officials of Fort Union National Monument, a cultural affiliation report was prepared in 2006 in an effort to determine cultural affiliation by examining all available evidence. Officials of Fort Union National Monument have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9–10), the human remains described above represent the physical remains of four individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of Fort Union National Monument also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:20 Mar 14, 2007 Jkt 211001 3001 (3)(A), the ten 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. Lastly, officials of Fort Union National Monument have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), a relationship of shared group identity cannot reasonably be traced between the Native American human remains and associated funerary objects and any present-day Indian tribe. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review Committee) is responsible for recommending specific actions for disposition of culturally unidentifiable human remains. In October 2006, Fort Union National Monument requested that the Review Committee recommend repatriation of the four culturally unidentifiable human remains and ten associated funerary objects to the Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah as coclaimants because the human remains and cultural items were found within the tribes’ aboriginal and historical territory. The Review Committee considered the proposal at its November 2006 meeting, and recommended disposition of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah. The National Park Service intends to convey the ten associated funerary objects to the tribes pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 18f–2. A December 12, 2006, letter from the Designated Federal Official, writing on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, recommended disposition of the physical remains of four culturally unidentifiable individuals and ten associated funerary objects to the Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah contingent on the publication of a Notice of Inventory Completion in the Federal Register. This notice fulfills that requirement. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary objects should contact Marie Frias Sauter, superintendent, Fort Union National Monument, P.O. Box 127, Watrous, NM 87753, telephone (505) 425–8025, before April 16, 2007. Disposition of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico and Ute Mountain Tribe of PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. Fort Union National Monument is responsible for notifying the Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; Comanche Nation, Oklahoma; Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico; Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah that this notice has been published. Dated: February 8, 2007. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. E7–4728 Filed 3–14–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–S DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Inventory Completion: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: 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 in the possession of Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. The human remains were removed from Plymouth County, MA. 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. A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Wampanoag Repatriation Confederation on behalf of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) of Massachusetts; Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation, a nonfederally recognized Indian group; and Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe, a non-federally recognized Indian group. E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, 
National Park Service, Fort Union National Monument, Watrous, NM

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. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains and associated funerary 
objects in the possession and control of the U.S. Department of the 
Interior, National Park Service, Fort Union National Monument, Watrous, 
NM. The human remains and cultural items were removed from an area near 
the fort in Mora County, NM.
    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 
superintendent, Fort Union National Monument.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains and associated funerary 
objects was made by Fort Union National Monument professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Arapaho Tribe of the Wind 
River Reservation, Wyoming; Comanche Nation, Oklahoma; Fort McDowell 
Yavapai Nation, Arizona; Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico; Mescalero 
Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, 
Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain 
Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah.

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    The Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma; 
Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma; 
Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, 
Montana; San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, 
Arizona; Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, 
Colorado; Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah 
& Ouray Reservation, Utah; White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort 
Apache Reservation, Arizona; and Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp 
Verde Indian Reservation, Arizona were contacted for consultation 
purposes but did not attend the consultation meetings.
    In 1958, human remains representing a minimum of four individuals 
were removed from Fort Union National Monument in Mora County, NM, 
during the construction of park housing. No known individuals were 
identified. All but 10 of the approximately 40 artifacts found with the 
human remains have been lost or have disintegrated. The 10 surviving 
associated funerary objects are 1 turquoise bead, 1 shell bead, 1 
fragmentary shell bead, 1 leather fragment, 2 pieces of fabric, 1 
fragment of bark, 2 fragments of rotted leather, and 1 fragment of 
material that is either rotted leather or metal. Most of the objects 
are only identifiable by consulting the park's museum catalog cards.
    Based on skeletal and artifactual analysis, it appears that the 
four men were beaten, shot, dragged using leather straps found with the 
bodies, and buried in a grave approximately 18 inches deep. The mass 
grave was located immediately adjacent to where the Santa Fe Trail 
entered Fort Union. The men were laid out in an orderly fashion, 
oriented to the southeast. Most items of value appear to have been 
removed from the bodies. Buttons and the caliber of bullets used to 
kill the men indicate that the murders took place sometime between the 
years of 1863 and 1872. At the request of officials of Fort Union 
National Monument, a cultural affiliation report was prepared in 2006 
in an effort to determine cultural affiliation by examining all 
available evidence.
    Officials of Fort Union National Monument have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above 
represent the physical remains of four individuals of Native American 
ancestry. Officials of Fort Union National Monument also have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the ten 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. Lastly, officials of Fort Union National 
Monument have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), a 
relationship of shared group identity cannot reasonably be traced 
between the Native American human remains and associated funerary 
objects and any present-day Indian tribe.
    The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review 
Committee (Review Committee) is responsible for recommending specific 
actions for disposition of culturally unidentifiable human remains. In 
October 2006, Fort Union National Monument requested that the Review 
Committee recommend repatriation of the four culturally unidentifiable 
human remains and ten associated funerary objects to the Jicarilla 
Apache Nation, New Mexico and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain 
Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah as co-claimants because the 
human remains and cultural items were found within the tribes' 
aboriginal and historical territory. The Review Committee considered 
the proposal at its November 2006 meeting, and recommended disposition 
of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Jicarilla 
Apache Nation, New Mexico and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain 
Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah. The National Park Service 
intends to convey the ten associated funerary objects to the tribes 
pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 18f-2.
    A December 12, 2006, letter from the Designated Federal Official, 
writing on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, recommended 
disposition of the physical remains of four culturally unidentifiable 
individuals and ten associated funerary objects to the Jicarilla Apache 
Nation, New Mexico and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain 
Reservation, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah contingent on the publication 
of a Notice of Inventory Completion in the Federal Register. This 
notice fulfills that requirement.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Marie Frias Sauter, superintendent, Fort Union 
National Monument, P.O. Box 127, Watrous, NM 87753, telephone (505) 
425-8025, before April 16, 2007. Disposition of the human remains and 
associated funerary objects to the Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico 
and Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New 
Mexico & Utah may proceed after that date if no additional claimants 
come forward.
    Fort Union National Monument is responsible for notifying the 
Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; Comanche Nation, 
Oklahoma; Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona; Jicarilla Apache 
Nation, New Mexico; Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero 
Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; and 
Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation, Colorado, New 
Mexico & Utah that this notice has been published.

    Dated: February 8, 2007.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E7-4728 Filed 3-14-07; 8:45 am]
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