Notice of Inventory Completion: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO, 20939-20941 [E8-8291]

Download as PDF sroberts on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 75 / Thursday, April 17, 2008 / Notices 2 knife/scraper, 5 manos, 1 metate, 5 pendants, 3 pestles, 2 pigment, 2 pins, 1 pipe, 11 projectile points, 4 quartz crystals, 4 rocks, 1 rod, 14 scrapers, 3 seeds, 3 slags, 1 unknown, 2 utilized flakes, and 1 wood sample. The burials have been attributed to the Bidwell Complex. The oldest radiocarbon date from the site is 2,800 years B.P. (±100 years). The Bidwell Complex, Sweetwater Complex, and Oroville Complex are sequences that have been linked as the cultural antecedents of the Maidu. The associated funerary objects are consistent with the occupation of the site by people attributed to the Bidwell Complex. Generally, archeologists believe that the Penutian-speaking Maidu are descended from what have been identified as the Windmiller people who occupied the Central Valley of California from 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. No lineal descendant has been identified. Geographic affiliation is consistent with the historically documented Konkow (Northwestern Maidu). In 1930, human remains representing a minimum number of two individuals were removed from the Bidwell Ranch site, 4 miles east of Chico, 6 miles west of Paradise, along Little Chico Creek, from the Bidwell Ranch, in northwestern Butte County, CA, by a private individual on private land. On January 13, 1930, the collection was received by the State Indian Museum from J. McCord Stilson of Chico, CA, and purchased in 1933 from one of his heirs, Mrs. Harry Clark of Hamilton City. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present. The age of the human remains is unknown. No lineal descendants have been identified. The Bidwell Ranch’s geographic location is consistent with the historically documented Konkow or Northwestern Maidu territory. Butte County, CA, is in the Central Valley region of California and the traditional lands of the Maidu. The history of the formation of California Indian reservations and rancherias in the Central Valley regions of California reveal that the descendants of the historical Konkow (Northwestern Maidu) were ultimately dispersed to several federally recognized Native American groups. Descendants of the Konkow or Northwestern Maidu are members of the federally recognized tribes of the Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California; Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:11 Apr 16, 2008 Jkt 214001 California; and Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation, California. Officials of the California Department of Parks and Recreation have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9–10), the human remains described above represent the physical remains of a minimum of 232 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the California Department of Parks and Recreation also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the 4,850 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 California Department of Parks and Recreation 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 the Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California; Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; and Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation, California. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary objects should contact Paulette Hennum, NAGPRA Coordinator, California Department of Parks and Recreation, 1416 Ninth Street, Room 902, Sacramento, CA 95814, telephone (916) 653–7976, before May 19, 2008. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California; Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians, California; and Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation, California may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. The California Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for notifying the Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California; Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians, California; and Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation, California that this notice has been published. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20939 Dated: March 19, 2008. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. E8–8301 Filed 4–16–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–S DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Inventory Completion: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO 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 and associated funerary objects in the control of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO. The human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from Mesa County, CO; Navajo County, AZ; San Juan County, NM; and an unknown location. 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 Denver Museum of Nature & Science professional staff in consultation with the Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Arizona; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico (formerly the Pueblo of San Juan); Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New E:\FR\FM\17APN1.SGM 17APN1 sroberts on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES 20940 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 75 / Thursday, April 17, 2008 / Notices Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico. At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one individual were removed from an unspecified location, possibly near Grand Junction, Mesa County, CO. At an unknown date, the human remains came into the possession of Ed Fover of Grand Junction, CO. In 1952, Mr. Fover donated the human remains to the museum (DMNS catalogue number A373.1). No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Mr. Fover identified the human remains as ‘‘Basketmaker.’’ Morphological evidence, such as occipital flattening, supports the identification of the human remains as Native American and possibly as Ancestral Puebloan. Probable provenience in Western Colorado is within the area of Pre-Columbian cultures that archeologists have referred to as ‘‘Puebloid,’’ which is now incorporated under ‘‘Ancestral Puebloan.’’ The estimated age of the human remains is 1000 B.C.-A.D. 750, based on the age of known Basketmaker sites. In 1965, human remains representing a minimum of one individual were removed from Four Mile Ruin in Taylor, Navajo County, AZ, by Francis V. Crane. In 1968, Mr. Crane and his wife, Mary W.A. Crane, donated the human remains to the museum (DMNS catalogue number AC.8314). No known individual was identified. The 40 associated funerary objects are 38 potsherds (2 polychrome, 8 Black on Red, 14 Black on White, and 14 undecorated) and 2 pieces of chert (DMNS catalogue numbers AC.8533AC). The human remains are determined to be Ancestral Puebloan based on provenience and consultation with Puebloan tribal groups. The funerary objects associated with the human remains are diagnostic of Pre-Columbian Pueblo culture, specifically a Pueblo IV pottery type. During consultation, Puebloan tribal groups indicated Four Mile Ruin, the source site, was occupied by their ancestors. The estimated age of the human remains based on the Pueblo IV ceramics is A.D. 1300–1600. At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one individual were removed from an unspecified location by Gerald B. Fenstermaker. In 1966, Mary W.A. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Apr 16, 2008 Jkt 214001 Crane and Francis V. Crane acquired the human remains from Mr. Fenstermaker. In 1983, the Cranes donated the human remains to the museum (DMNS catalogue number AC.9570). No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Mr. Fenstermaker was a collector of American Indian archeological materials. Mr. Fenstermaker identified the human remains as Pre-Columbian ‘‘Mimbres’’ culture, which dates from the Pueblo III period. Consultation with modern Puebloan groups indicates that the Mimbres archeological culture is deemed to be ancestral Puebloan. Morphological indications, such as occipital flattening, also support the determination that the human remains are Ancestral Puebloan. The estimated age of the human remains is A.D. 1100– 1300, based on the age of known Mimbres sites. At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one individual were removed from a kiva on a private ranch near Aztec, San Juan County, NM. At an unknown date, Bernice Strawn acquired the human remains from an unnamed individual. In 1986, Ms. Strawn donated the human remains to the museum (DMNS catalogue number A1990.1). No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. During consultation, modern Puebloan groups indicated that kivas were uniquely built by their ancestors as ceremonial and religious structures. Since the human remains were removed from a kiva, they are therefore identified as Puebloan. Based on geographical, kinship, biological, archeological, linguistic, folklore, oral tradition, historical evidence, and expert opinion, the officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science have determined the cultural affiliation of the human remains and associated funerary objects described above with present-day Native American tribes. Although some oral tradition and scientific studies suggest a shared relationship between the Navajo and O’odham with the Ancestral Puebloan peoples; and during consultation the Navajo Nation emphasized that some clans express a deep affinity with Ancestral Pueblo or ‘‘Anasazi’’ sites, the officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science have determined that there is not currently a preponderance of evidence to support cultural affiliation to the human remains and their associated funerary remains with the Navajo and/ or O’odham. Officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science have determined, based on the PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 preponderance of the evidence, that the descendants of Ancestral Puebloans are members of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico. Officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science 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 Denver Museum of Nature & Science also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 40 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 Denver Museum of Nature & Science 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 the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary objects should contact Dr. Chip ColwellChanthaphonh, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado E:\FR\FM\17APN1.SGM 17APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 75 / Thursday, April 17, 2008 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES Boulevard, Denver, CO 80205, telephone (303) 370–6378, before May 19, 2008. Repatriation to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is responsible for notifying the Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona; Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Hualapai Indian Tribe of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Arizona; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico, & Utah; Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico that this notice has been published. Dated: March 10, 2008. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. E8–8291 Filed 4–16–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–S VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Apr 16, 2008 Jkt 214001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Inventory Completion: Kingman Museum, Incorporated, Battle Creek, MI 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 Kingman Museum, Incorporated, Battle Creek, MI. The human remains were removed from Jemez Indian Reservation, Sandoval 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 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. Prior to 2000, a detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Kingman Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico. The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs does not exert control over the human remains in this notice. On September 17, 2002, Calhoun County Probate Court transferred the public trust for Kingman Memorial Museum of Natural History from Battle Creek Public Schools to Kingman Museum, Incorporated, a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In April of 2006, collection ownership was transferred from the Battle Creek Public Schools to Kingman Museum, Incorporated. At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one individual were removed from the Jemez Indian Reservation, NM. It is unknown how the human remains were obtained, as no catalog number was assigned by the Kingman Museum of Natural History. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Papers located with the human remains indicate they belong to the Pueblo of Jemez. The original box in which the human remains were stored is lost. The cultural affiliation of the human remains is based upon geographical location determined from the papers accompanying the human PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20941 remains. Based on museum records and geographical information, officials of the Kingman Museum, Incorporated reasonably believe that the human remains are Native American and culturally affiliated with the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico. Officials of Kingman Museum, Incorporated have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9–10), the human remains described above represent the physical remains of a minimum of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of Kingman Museum, Incorporated also 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 the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Katie Nelson, Collection Manager, Kingman Museum, Incorporated, 175 Limit Street, Battle Creek, MI 49037, telephone (269) 965– 5117, before May 19, 2008. Repatriation of the human remains to the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. Kingman Museum, Incorporated is responsible for notifying the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico that this notice has been published. Dated: March 5, 2008. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. E8–8292 Filed 4–16–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–S DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Inventory Completion: Kingman Museum, Incorporated, Battle Creek, MI 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 and associated funerary objects of the Kingman Museum, Incorporated, Battle Creek, MI. The human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from an island near Metlakatla, AK. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 E:\FR\FM\17APN1.SGM 17APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

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Notice of Inventory Completion: Denver Museum of Nature & 
Science, Denver, CO

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 control of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 
Denver, CO. The human remains and associated funerary objects were 
removed from Mesa County, CO; Navajo County, AZ; San Juan County, NM; 
and an unknown location.
    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 Denver 
Museum of Nature & Science professional staff in consultation with the 
Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, 
Arizona; Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River Indian 
Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Hualapai Indian Tribe of 
the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Arizona; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New 
Mexico & Utah; Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico (formerly the Pueblo of San 
Juan); Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of 
Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New

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Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian 
Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation 
of Arizona; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from an unspecified location, possibly near 
Grand Junction, Mesa County, CO. At an unknown date, the human remains 
came into the possession of Ed Fover of Grand Junction, CO. In 1952, 
Mr. Fover donated the human remains to the museum (DMNS catalogue 
number A373.1). No known individual was identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    Mr. Fover identified the human remains as ``Basketmaker.'' 
Morphological evidence, such as occipital flattening, supports the 
identification of the human remains as Native American and possibly as 
Ancestral Puebloan. Probable provenience in Western Colorado is within 
the area of Pre-Columbian cultures that archeologists have referred to 
as ``Puebloid,'' which is now incorporated under ``Ancestral 
Puebloan.'' The estimated age of the human remains is 1000 B.C.-A.D. 
750, based on the age of known Basketmaker sites.
    In 1965, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from Four Mile Ruin in Taylor, Navajo County, AZ, by 
Francis V. Crane. In 1968, Mr. Crane and his wife, Mary W.A. Crane, 
donated the human remains to the museum (DMNS catalogue number 
AC.8314). No known individual was identified. The 40 associated 
funerary objects are 38 potsherds (2 polychrome, 8 Black on Red, 14 
Black on White, and 14 undecorated) and 2 pieces of chert (DMNS 
catalogue numbers AC.8533A-C).
    The human remains are determined to be Ancestral Puebloan based on 
provenience and consultation with Puebloan tribal groups. The funerary 
objects associated with the human remains are diagnostic of Pre-
Columbian Pueblo culture, specifically a Pueblo IV pottery type. During 
consultation, Puebloan tribal groups indicated Four Mile Ruin, the 
source site, was occupied by their ancestors. The estimated age of the 
human remains based on the Pueblo IV ceramics is A.D. 1300-1600.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from an unspecified location by Gerald B. 
Fenstermaker. In 1966, Mary W.A. Crane and Francis V. Crane acquired 
the human remains from Mr. Fenstermaker. In 1983, the Cranes donated 
the human remains to the museum (DMNS catalogue number AC.9570). No 
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    Mr. Fenstermaker was a collector of American Indian archeological 
materials. Mr. Fenstermaker identified the human remains as Pre-
Columbian ``Mimbres'' culture, which dates from the Pueblo III period. 
Consultation with modern Puebloan groups indicates that the Mimbres 
archeological culture is deemed to be ancestral Puebloan. Morphological 
indications, such as occipital flattening, also support the 
determination that the human remains are Ancestral Puebloan. The 
estimated age of the human remains is A.D. 1100-1300, based on the age 
of known Mimbres sites.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from a kiva on a private ranch near Aztec, San 
Juan County, NM. At an unknown date, Bernice Strawn acquired the human 
remains from an unnamed individual. In 1986, Ms. Strawn donated the 
human remains to the museum (DMNS catalogue number A1990.1). No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    During consultation, modern Puebloan groups indicated that kivas 
were uniquely built by their ancestors as ceremonial and religious 
structures. Since the human remains were removed from a kiva, they are 
therefore identified as Puebloan.
    Based on geographical, kinship, biological, archeological, 
linguistic, folklore, oral tradition, historical evidence, and expert 
opinion, the officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science have 
determined the cultural affiliation of the human remains and associated 
funerary objects described above with present-day Native American 
tribes. Although some oral tradition and scientific studies suggest a 
shared relationship between the Navajo and O'odham with the Ancestral 
Puebloan peoples; and during consultation the Navajo Nation emphasized 
that some clans express a deep affinity with Ancestral Pueblo or 
``Anasazi'' sites, the officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & 
Science have determined that there is not currently a preponderance of 
evidence to support cultural affiliation to the human remains and their 
associated funerary remains with the Navajo and/or O'odham. Officials 
of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science have determined, based on the 
preponderance of the evidence, that the descendants of Ancestral 
Puebloans are members of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Ohkay Owingeh, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of 
Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; 
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, 
New Mexico.
    Officials of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science 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 Denver Museum of Nature & Science also 
have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 40 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 Denver Museum of 
Nature & Science 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 the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Ohkay Owingeh, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of 
Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; 
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, 
New Mexico.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Dr. Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Denver Museum of 
Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado

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Boulevard, Denver, CO 80205, telephone (303) 370-6378, before May 19, 
2008. Repatriation to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Ohkay Owingeh, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of 
Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; 
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, 
New Mexico may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is responsible for notifying 
the Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian 
Reservation, Arizona; Gila River Indian Community of the Gila River 
Indian Reservation, Arizona; Hopi Tribe of Arizona; Hualapai Indian 
Tribe of the Hualapai Indian Reservation, Arizona; Navajo Nation, 
Arizona, New Mexico, & Utah; Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico; Pueblo of 
Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; 
Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of 
Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of San 
Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa 
Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa 
Domingo, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New 
Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian 
Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation 
of Arizona; Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni 
Reservation, New Mexico that this notice has been published.

    Dated: March 10, 2008.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-8291 Filed 4-16-08; 8:45 am]
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