Notice of Inventory Completion: California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Sacramento, CA, and California State University, Sacramento, CA, 14055-14056 [2011-5871]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2011 / Notices and Colorado State University, Laboratory of Public Archaeology, have determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), that the human remains described above represent the physical remains of two individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Bureau of Land Management, White River Field Office, and the Colorado State University, Laboratory of Public Archaeology, have also determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), that the two objects described above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near individual human remains at the time of death. Lastly, officials of the Bureau of Land Management, White River Field Office, and Colorado State University, Laboratory of Public Archaeology, have determined pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), that 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 Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary objects should contact Dan Haas, State Archaeologist, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State Office, 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215–7076, telephone (303) 239–3647 before April 14, 2011. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah, may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. The Bureau of Land Management is responsible for notifying The Tribes that this notice has been published. Dated: March 9, 2011. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2011–5874 Filed 3–14–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES [2253–665] Notice of Inventory Completion: California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Sacramento, CA, and California State University, Sacramento, CA National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:50 Mar 14, 2011 Jkt 223001 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 California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Sacramento, CA, and in the possession of California State University, Sacramento, CA. The human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from Site CA–SJO–91, also known as French Camp Slough Site, San Joaquin 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. A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by California State University, Sacramento, and Caltrans professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California; and Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California (also known as the Tachi Yokut Tribe), as well as the nonFederally recognized Indian groups: The Southern Sierra Miwoks of California, Northern Valley Yokuts, and Tubatulabals of Kern Valley. The Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California; and Wilton Rancheria, California, were also contacted, but did not participate in consultation about the human remains and associated funerary objects described in this notice. In 1970, human remains representing 498 individuals were removed from CA–SJO–91 on private property, in San Joaquin County, CA, during a salvage excavation project. Faculty and students from what was then Sacramento State College (now California State University, Sacramento) were brought in by the California Division of Highways (now California Department of Transportation [Caltrans]) to conduct salvage excavations. No known individuals were identified. The 4,667 associated funerary objects are 3,967 beads, 16 bifaces, 4 pieces of charcoal, 1 charmstone fragment, 1 silicate core, 2 lots of debitage, 490 faunal bones, 2 flake tools, 61 tule mat impressions, 20 modified bones, 1 modified shell, 2 PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14055 modified stones, 20 pieces of ochre, 14 ornaments, 3 pestles, 20 projectile points, 35 quartz crystals and pebbles, 6 soil samples, and 2 whistles. In addition, there are 187 missing associated funerary objects (156 beads, 1 piece of charcoal, 1 igneous core, 15 lots of debitage, 5 faunal bones, 1 flake tool, 1 modified bone, 1 quartz rock, 1 steatite ring, and 5 bone whistles). Multiple lines of evidence were used to determine the cultural affiliation of the CA–SJO–91 collection. Archeological evidence indicates that the site was occupied from the Early Horizon through the Late Horizon. Most of the burials were in two cemeteries that were located 60 meters apart. Other burials were located between the two cemeteries or are of uncertain horizontal provenience due to construction activities. Cemetery I was radiometrically dated to between 1845±90 and 2985±160 years B.P. The burial patterns and artifact types in Cemetery I correspond to a transitional time period between the Early Horizon and Middle Horizon time periods. Cemetery II was not radiometrically dated. Based on mode of interment and artifact types, Cemetery II burials date slightly earlier to the Early Horizon, although there are similarities in constituents between the two cemeteries. A Late Horizon component (1500 B.P. to European contact) at CA– SJO–91 was essentially removed by construction activities before salvage excavations began. Biological, archeological, and linguistic evidence indicate that population movement occurred between the Early and Middle Horizon in the French Camp Slough area. It may be that the individuals buried in the Early Horizon Cemetery II represent an earlier, Utian speaking people (linguistic evidence supports a relationship of shared group identity between early Utian speaking peoples and contemporary Miwok tribes), while the individuals in the Middle Horizon Cemetery I may represent a more recent pre-Yokut speaking people. Historical and geographical lines of evidence indicate that CA–SJO–91 lies on the border of the traditional territory of the Plains Miwok and the Northern Valley Yokuts. At the time of first contact with Spanish missionaries in the early 19th century, the area is thought to have been occupied by the Passasime, a Northern Valley Yokuts people who were also related to the Plains Miwok. Oral and documentary evidence provided by representatives of Indian tribes during consultation demonstrates an interrelationship between Northern Valley Yokuts and Plains Miwok tribes. E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 14056 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2011 / Notices Based on the geographic, linguistic, archeological, and ethnographic evidence, as well as oral and documentary evidence presented during consultations, Caltrans and California State University, Sacramento, including the University’s College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies Committee on Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Compliance (SSIS NAGPRA Committee), reasonably believe that the cultural affiliation of CA–SJO–91 is to the Plains Miwok and Northern Valley Yokuts. Officials of California State University, Sacramento, and Caltrans have determined pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), that the human remains described above represent a minimum of 498 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of California State University, Sacramento, and Caltrans also have determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), that the 4,667 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 California State University, Sacramento, and Caltrans have determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), that 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 Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; California Valley Miwok Tribe, California; Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California; Jackson Rancheria of MeWuk Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California (also known as the Tachi Yokut Tribe); Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs Rancheria (Verona Tract), California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California; Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California; United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria of California; and Wilton Rancheria, California, as well as to the non-Federally recognized Indian groups: the Southern Sierra Miwoks of California and Northern Valley Yokuts. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary objects should contact Tina Biorn, Caltrans, P.O. Box 942874 (M.S. 27), Sacramento, CA 94274–0001, telephone (916) 653–0013, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:50 Mar 14, 2011 Jkt 223001 or Charles Gossett, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University Sacramento, CA, 95819–6109, telephone (916) 278–6504, before April 14, 2011. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; California Valley Miwok Tribe, California; Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California; Jackson Rancheria of MeWuk Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California (also known as the Tachi Yokut Tribe); Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs Rancheria (Verona Tract), California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California; Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California; United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria of California; and/or Wilton Rancheria, California, may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. California State University, Sacramento is responsible for notifying the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; California Valley Miwok Tribe, California; Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California; Jackson Rancheria of MeWuk Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California (also known as the Tachi Yokut Tribe); Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs Rancheria (Verona Tract), California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California; Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California; United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria of California; and Wilton Rancheria, California, as well as the non-Federally recognized Indian groups: the Southern Sierra Miwoks of California, Northern Valley Yokuts, and Tubatulabals of Kern Valley, that this notice has been published. Dated: March 9, 2011. Sherry Hutt, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2011–5871 Filed 3–14–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–P PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [2253–665] Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Correction National Park Service, Interior. Notice; correction. AGENCY: ACTION: 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 possession of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 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. This notice corrects the total number of unassociated funerary objects from four to five described in a Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items (72 FR 48677–48678, August 24, 2007). Since publication, an additional funerary object was found for one of the two sites in the notice. In the Federal Register (72 FR 48677– 48678, August 24, 2007), paragraph three is corrected by substituting the following paragraph: The five cultural items are three brass sheet fragments, one lot of elk teeth pendants and white discoidal beads, and one vial of shell and glass bead fragments. Paragraph four is corrected by substituting the following paragraph: In 1903, four cultural items were recovered from the Silverheels site in Brant, Erie County, NY, during a Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology expedition led by M. R. Harrington and A. C. Parker. Museum documentation indicates that the cultural items were interred with human remains. The human remains that were originally associated with these items were published in the Federal Register in a Notice of Inventory Completion (66 FR 51060– 51062, October 5, 2001), and have since been transferred to the culturally affiliated groups. Therefore, the cultural items are now unassociated funerary E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: California State Department of 
Transportation (Caltrans), Sacramento, CA, and California State 
University, Sacramento, 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 California Department of Transportation 
(Caltrans), Sacramento, CA, and in the possession of California State 
University, Sacramento, CA. The human remains and associated funerary 
objects were removed from Site CA-SJO-91, also known as French Camp 
Slough Site, San Joaquin 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.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by California 
State University, Sacramento, and Caltrans professional staff in 
consultation with representatives of the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-
Wuk Indians of California; Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California; 
and Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California 
(also known as the Tachi Yokut Tribe), as well as the non-Federally 
recognized Indian groups: The Southern Sierra Miwoks of California, 
Northern Valley Yokuts, and Tubatulabals of Kern Valley. The Chicken 
Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria of 
the Chukchansi Indians of California; Table Mountain Rancheria of 
California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, 
California; and Wilton Rancheria, California, were also contacted, but 
did not participate in consultation about the human remains and 
associated funerary objects described in this notice.
    In 1970, human remains representing 498 individuals were removed 
from CA-SJO-91 on private property, in San Joaquin County, CA, during a 
salvage excavation project. Faculty and students from what was then 
Sacramento State College (now California State University, Sacramento) 
were brought in by the California Division of Highways (now California 
Department of Transportation [Caltrans]) to conduct salvage 
excavations. No known individuals were identified. The 4,667 associated 
funerary objects are 3,967 beads, 16 bifaces, 4 pieces of charcoal, 1 
charmstone fragment, 1 silicate core, 2 lots of debitage, 490 faunal 
bones, 2 flake tools, 61 tule mat impressions, 20 modified bones, 1 
modified shell, 2 modified stones, 20 pieces of ochre, 14 ornaments, 3 
pestles, 20 projectile points, 35 quartz crystals and pebbles, 6 soil 
samples, and 2 whistles. In addition, there are 187 missing associated 
funerary objects (156 beads, 1 piece of charcoal, 1 igneous core, 15 
lots of debitage, 5 faunal bones, 1 flake tool, 1 modified bone, 1 
quartz rock, 1 steatite ring, and 5 bone whistles).
    Multiple lines of evidence were used to determine the cultural 
affiliation of the CA-SJO-91 collection. Archeological evidence 
indicates that the site was occupied from the Early Horizon through the 
Late Horizon. Most of the burials were in two cemeteries that were 
located 60 meters apart. Other burials were located between the two 
cemeteries or are of uncertain horizontal provenience due to 
construction activities. Cemetery I was radiometrically dated to 
between 184590 and 2985160 years B.P. The 
burial patterns and artifact types in Cemetery I correspond to a 
transitional time period between the Early Horizon and Middle Horizon 
time periods. Cemetery II was not radiometrically dated. Based on mode 
of interment and artifact types, Cemetery II burials date slightly 
earlier to the Early Horizon, although there are similarities in 
constituents between the two cemeteries. A Late Horizon component (1500 
B.P. to European contact) at CA-SJO-91 was essentially removed by 
construction activities before salvage excavations began.
    Biological, archeological, and linguistic evidence indicate that 
population movement occurred between the Early and Middle Horizon in 
the French Camp Slough area. It may be that the individuals buried in 
the Early Horizon Cemetery II represent an earlier, Utian speaking 
people (linguistic evidence supports a relationship of shared group 
identity between early Utian speaking peoples and contemporary Miwok 
tribes), while the individuals in the Middle Horizon Cemetery I may 
represent a more recent pre-Yokut speaking people. Historical and 
geographical lines of evidence indicate that CA-SJO-91 lies on the 
border of the traditional territory of the Plains Miwok and the 
Northern Valley Yokuts. At the time of first contact with Spanish 
missionaries in the early 19th century, the area is thought to have 
been occupied by the Passasime, a Northern Valley Yokuts people who 
were also related to the Plains Miwok. Oral and documentary evidence 
provided by representatives of Indian tribes during consultation 
demonstrates an inter-relationship between Northern Valley Yokuts and 
Plains Miwok tribes.

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    Based on the geographic, linguistic, archeological, and 
ethnographic evidence, as well as oral and documentary evidence 
presented during consultations, Caltrans and California State 
University, Sacramento, including the University's College of Social 
Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies Committee on Native American 
Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Compliance (SSIS NAGPRA 
Committee), reasonably believe that the cultural affiliation of CA-SJO-
91 is to the Plains Miwok and Northern Valley Yokuts.
    Officials of California State University, Sacramento, and Caltrans 
have determined pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), that the human remains 
described above represent a minimum of 498 individuals of Native 
American ancestry. Officials of California State University, 
Sacramento, and Caltrans also have determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3001(3)(A), that the 4,667 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 California State University, Sacramento, and 
Caltrans have determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), that 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 Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; 
California Valley Miwok Tribe, California; Chicken Ranch Rancheria of 
Me-Wuk Indians of California; Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California; 
Jackson Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria 
of the Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of 
the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California (also known as the Tachi Yokut 
Tribe); Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs 
Rancheria (Verona Tract), California; Table Mountain Rancheria of 
California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, 
California; Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria 
of California; United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria 
of California; and Wilton Rancheria, California, as well as to the non-
Federally recognized Indian groups: the Southern Sierra Miwoks of 
California and Northern Valley Yokuts.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Tina Biorn, Caltrans, P.O. Box 942874 (M.S. 27), 
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001, telephone (916) 653-0013, or Charles 
Gossett, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary 
Studies, California State University Sacramento, CA, 95819-6109, 
telephone (916) 278-6504, before April 14, 2011. Repatriation of the 
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Buena Vista 
Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; California Valley Miwok 
Tribe, California; Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of 
California; Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California; Jackson Rancheria 
of Me-Wuk Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi 
Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa 
Rancheria, California (also known as the Tachi Yokut Tribe); Shingle 
Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs Rancheria (Verona 
Tract), California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River 
Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California; Tuolumne Band 
of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California; United 
Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria of California; and/or 
Wilton Rancheria, California, may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    California State University, Sacramento is responsible for 
notifying the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; 
California Valley Miwok Tribe, California; Chicken Ranch Rancheria of 
Me-Wuk Indians of California; Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California; 
Jackson Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; Picayune Rancheria 
of the Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of 
the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California (also known as the Tachi Yokut 
Tribe); Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs 
Rancheria (Verona Tract), California; Table Mountain Rancheria of 
California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, 
California; Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria 
of California; United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria 
of California; and Wilton Rancheria, California, as well as the non-
Federally recognized Indian groups: the Southern Sierra Miwoks of 
California, Northern Valley Yokuts, and Tubatulabals of Kern Valley, 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: March 9, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-5871 Filed 3-14-11; 8:45 am]
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