Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Sacramento, CA; U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Three Rivers, CA; and Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 28944-28945 [E9-14296]

Download as PDF 28944 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 116 / Thursday, June 18, 2009 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Sacramento, CA; U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Three Rivers, CA; and Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 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 U.S. Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Sacramento, CA, and in the physical custody of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Three Rivers, CA. The human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from within the boundaries of Lake Kaweah, Tulare County, CA. 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. An assessment of the human remains in the physical custody of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology was made by the museum’s professional staff. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks also did an assessment of the human remains and associated funerary objects in their physical custody. The assessment of the cultural affiliation for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District was based on a Corps of Engineers contracted study done in 2004, titled ‘‘Cultural Affiliation of the Lake Kaweah Property, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District.’’ These assessments were made based on the results of an extensive study utilizing the four fields of anthropology. Copies of the report were sent to representatives of the Big Sandy VerDate Nov<24>2008 21:58 Jun 17, 2009 Jkt 217001 Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California; and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California. Consultation was also carried out by Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks’ professional staff with the following non-Federally recognized Indian groups, which represent traditionally associated peoples who have maintained interest in previous repatriation and reburial efforts for the area: Dunlap Band of Mono Indians, Sierra Foothill Wuksachi Tribe, Sierra Nevada Native American Coalition, and Wukchumni Tribal Council. Between 1959 and 1961, human remains were removed from CA–TUL– 145 (‘‘Cobble Lodge’’), Tulare County, CA. In 1959, the human remains were removed during an excavation of a borrow pit in support of the construction of Terminus Dam and the creation of the reservoir that forms Lake Kaweah, a Federal project undertaken and still managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Between 1960 and 1961, human remains were removed during salvage work being carried out by Dr. Jay von Werlhof, under contracts coordinated by the National Park Service at the request of the Army Corps. The report by Dr. von Werlhof (1961) identified 130 individuals and 502 artifacts. An unidentified number of fragmentary and skeletal remains were re-interred at the site following the field work. Human remains were transferred to the museum at the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, human remains and associated funerary objects were deposited at the Ash Mountain Headquarters of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. One brownware pottery vessel had been transferred to the University of New Mexico (Maxwell Museum), and is now in the physical custody of the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. The human remains in the physical custody of the University of California, Berkeley and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks represent a minimum of five individuals. No known individuals were identified. The 120 associated funerary objects are 16 projectile points, 25 bifaces and fragments, 5 modified flaked stones, 18 flaked stones/debitage, 16 ground stone artifacts, 16 steatite PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 artifacts, 1 brownware pottery sherd, 1 brownware vessel, 6 faunal remains, and 16 marine shell ornaments. The Cobble Lodge materials in the possession of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks have been re-examined by URS, Inc. (Browning and Nilsson 2007). The artifact assemblage includes chipped stone projectile points (Desert Series, Cottonwood, Rose Spring, and Sierra Concave Base), steatite vessels and beads, marine shell ornaments, and the single brownware vessel. These temporally diagnostic artifacts support an interpretation that the site is a multiple component site that would have been occupied circa 300 B.C. to A.D. 1850. The report by von Werlhof (1961) interpreted Cobble Lodge to be a late Prehistoric housepit village and cemetery, and to have been permanently occupied until the early 1860s. This suite of artifact types is most strongly affiliated in the archeological record with the Yokuts and Western Mono (Monache) cultural groups. Geographic and linguistic evidence also places Yokuts and Western Mono (Monache) groups within the western foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada during this time period. Descendants of the Yokuts and Western Mono (Monache) are members of the Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California; and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California. Officials of the Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9–10), the human remains described above represent the physical remains of five individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the 120 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 Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District 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 E:\FR\FM\18JNN1.SGM 18JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 116 / Thursday, June 18, 2009 / Notices remains and associated funerary objects and the Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California; and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary objects should contact Richard Perry, NAGPRA Point of Contact, USACE Army Corps of Engineers, 1325 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814, telephone (916) 557–5218, before July 20, 2009. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California; and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. Officials of the Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District are responsible for notifying the Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California; and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California that this notice has been published. Dated: May 18, 2009 Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. E9–14296 Filed 6–17–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–S VerDate Nov<24>2008 21:58 Jun 17, 2009 Jkt 217001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Inventory Completion: Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY 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 associated funerary objects in the possession and control of Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY. The associated funerary objects were removed from the Engelbert site, Tioga County, NY. 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 associated funerary objects. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. A detailed assessment of the associated funerary objects was made by Binghamton University professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Cayuga Nation of New York; Delaware Tribe (part of the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma); Delaware Nation, Oklahoma; Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin; Oneida Nation of New York; Onondaga Nation of New York; Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, New York (formerly the St. Regis Mohawk Band of Mohawk Indians of New York); Seneca Nation of New York; SenecaCayuga Tribe of Oklahoma; Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin; Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York; and Tuscarora Nation of New York. In 1967 and 1968, human remains representing a minimum of 188 individuals and associated funerary objects were removed from the Engelbert site in Tioga County, NY, during gravel mining for construction of the Southern Tier Expressway (NY 17). Initial assessment of the site was done in 1967 by Dr. Robert E. Funk of the New York State Museum, Albany, NY. In 1967, Dr. Marian E. White, assisted by students from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, conducted trench excavations in a portion of the site. In 1967 and 1968, the primary archeological excavations and recovery PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28945 were directed by Dr. William D. Lipe of SUNY-Binghamton over two field seasons, with the assistance of members of the Triple Cities Chapter of the New York State Archeological Association, students from SUNY-Binghamton, and local volunteers. In 1967, the human remains and associated funerary objects were placed under the control of the Triple Cities Chapter of the New York State Archeological Association, and then transferred to the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1968. In 1989, the human remains were transferred to the New York State Museum for curation. No known individuals were identified. The associated funerary objects are in the physical possession and control of Binghamton University. The 2,640 associated funerary objects are 804 pieces of lithic debitage; 438 lots of fragmented pottery; 319 roughstone tools; 136 chipped stone bifaces and tools; 104 lots of animal bone and shell; 88 bone beads; 51 copper ornaments; 47 pieces of fire-cracked rock; 18 fragments of pipes; 18 groundstone tools; 4 bone points; 2 shell beads; 1 bone comb; and 610 geologic/organic samples. Archeological evidence shows that the Engelbert site is a large, multicomponent habitation site on a gravel knoll bordering the Susquehanna River in New York. The knoll was used intermittently over a period of about 5,000 years, as suggested by diagnostic artifacts from the Late Archaic (Lamoka, Dustin, and Snook Kill points), Transitional (Susquehanna Broad points), Late Woodland (triangular points, pottery), Proto-historic and Historic (beads, copper ornaments, and pottery) periods. The site was also used as a burial site during at least two different periods, from about A.D. 1000 to the 1400s, and again during the late 1500s and possibly into the early 1600s. The later burials are few in number. Archeologists have concluded that artifacts associated with the earlier burials, including pottery (e.g., Carpenter Brook, Levanna, Sackett, Kelso, Castle Creek, and Oak Hill) and projectile points (triangular Levannas/ Madisons), are similar to other sites across a broad geographic region that later became associated with both Iroquoian- and Algonquian-speaking peoples, some of whom became members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, a non-Federally recognized Indian group for the purposes of NAGPRA. The Haudenosaunee Confederacy includes the Federally-recognized six Nations of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. E:\FR\FM\18JNN1.SGM 18JNN1

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National Park Service


Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Sacramento, CA; U.S. 
Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Sequoia & Kings 
Canyon National Parks, Three Rivers, CA; and Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of 
Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

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 U.S. Department of Defense, Army Corps of 
Engineers, Sacramento District, Sacramento, CA, and in the physical 
custody of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of 
California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, and the U.S. Department of the 
Interior, National Park Service, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, 
Three Rivers, CA. The human remains and associated funerary objects 
were removed from within the boundaries of Lake Kaweah, Tulare County, 
CA.
    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.
    An assessment of the human remains in the physical custody of the 
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology was made by the museum's 
professional staff. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks also did an 
assessment of the human remains and associated funerary objects in 
their physical custody. The assessment of the cultural affiliation for 
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District was based on a 
Corps of Engineers contracted study done in 2004, titled ``Cultural 
Affiliation of the Lake Kaweah Property, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 
Sacramento District.'' These assessments were made based on the results 
of an extensive study utilizing the four fields of anthropology. Copies 
of the report were sent to representatives of the Big Sandy Rancheria 
of Mono Indians of California; Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians 
of California; Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; 
Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa 
Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Table 
Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule 
River Reservation, California; and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of 
the Tuolumne Rancheria of California. Consultation was also carried out 
by Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks' professional staff with the 
following non-Federally recognized Indian groups, which represent 
traditionally associated peoples who have maintained interest in 
previous repatriation and reburial efforts for the area: Dunlap Band of 
Mono Indians, Sierra Foothill Wuksachi Tribe, Sierra Nevada Native 
American Coalition, and Wukchumni Tribal Council.
    Between 1959 and 1961, human remains were removed from CA-TUL-145 
(``Cobble Lodge''), Tulare County, CA. In 1959, the human remains were 
removed during an excavation of a borrow pit in support of the 
construction of Terminus Dam and the creation of the reservoir that 
forms Lake Kaweah, a Federal project undertaken and still managed by 
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Between 1960 and 1961, human remains 
were removed during salvage work being carried out by Dr. Jay von 
Werlhof, under contracts coordinated by the National Park Service at 
the request of the Army Corps. The report by Dr. von Werlhof (1961) 
identified 130 individuals and 502 artifacts. An unidentified number of 
fragmentary and skeletal remains were re-interred at the site following 
the field work. Human remains were transferred to the museum at the 
University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, human remains and 
associated funerary objects were deposited at the Ash Mountain 
Headquarters of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. One brownware 
pottery vessel had been transferred to the University of New Mexico 
(Maxwell Museum), and is now in the physical custody of the Sequoia & 
Kings Canyon National Parks. The human remains in the physical custody 
of the University of California, Berkeley and Sequoia & Kings Canyon 
National Parks represent a minimum of five individuals. No known 
individuals were identified. The 120 associated funerary objects are 16 
projectile points, 25 bifaces and fragments, 5 modified flaked stones, 
18 flaked stones/debitage, 16 ground stone artifacts, 16 steatite 
artifacts, 1 brownware pottery sherd, 1 brownware vessel, 6 faunal 
remains, and 16 marine shell ornaments.
    The Cobble Lodge materials in the possession of Sequoia & Kings 
Canyon National Parks have been re-examined by URS, Inc. (Browning and 
Nilsson 2007). The artifact assemblage includes chipped stone 
projectile points (Desert Series, Cottonwood, Rose Spring, and Sierra 
Concave Base), steatite vessels and beads, marine shell ornaments, and 
the single brownware vessel. These temporally diagnostic artifacts 
support an interpretation that the site is a multiple component site 
that would have been occupied circa 300 B.C. to A.D. 1850. The report 
by von Werlhof (1961) interpreted Cobble Lodge to be a late Prehistoric 
housepit village and cemetery, and to have been permanently occupied 
until the early 1860s. This suite of artifact types is most strongly 
affiliated in the archeological record with the Yokuts and Western Mono 
(Monache) cultural groups.
    Geographic and linguistic evidence also places Yokuts and Western 
Mono (Monache) groups within the western foothills of the southern 
Sierra Nevada during this time period. Descendants of the Yokuts and 
Western Mono (Monache) are members of the Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono 
Indians of California; Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians of 
California; Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Picayune 
Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian 
Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Table Mountain 
Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River 
Reservation, California; and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the 
Tuolumne Rancheria of California.
    Officials of the Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District and 
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks have determined that, pursuant to 
25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above represent the 
physical remains of five individuals of Native American ancestry. 
Officials of the Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District and 
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks also have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the 120 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 Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento 
District 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

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remains and associated funerary objects and the Big Sandy Rancheria of 
Mono Indians of California; Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians of 
California; Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Picayune 
Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian 
Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Table Mountain 
Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River 
Reservation, California; and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the 
Tuolumne Rancheria of California.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Richard Perry, NAGPRA Point of Contact, USACE 
Army Corps of Engineers, 1325 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814, telephone 
(916) 557-5218, before July 20, 2009. Repatriation of the human remains 
and associated funerary objects to the Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono 
Indians of California; Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians of 
California; Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Picayune 
Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian 
Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Table Mountain 
Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River 
Reservation, California; and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the 
Tuolumne Rancheria of California may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    Officials of the Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District are 
responsible for notifying the Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians of 
California; Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; 
Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria 
of Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the 
Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Table Mountain Rancheria of 
California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, 
California; and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne 
Rancheria of California that this notice has been published.

    Dated: May 18, 2009
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-14296 Filed 6-17-09; 8:45 am]
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