Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: California Department of Transportation, Sacramento, CA, 38758-38759 [2021-15565]

Download as PDF 38758 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 138 / Thursday, July 22, 2021 / Notices Additional Requestors and Disposition Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request with information in support of the claim to Anne Amati, University of Denver Museum of Anthropology, 2000 E Asbury Avenue, Sturm Hall 146, Denver, CO 80208, telephone (303) 871– 2687, email anne.amati@du.edu, by August 23, 2021. After that date, if no additional claimants have come forward, transfer of control of the objects of cultural patrimony to The Tribes may proceed. The University of Denver Museum of Anthropology is responsible for notifying The Tribes that this notice has been published. Dated: July 14, 2021. Melanie O’Brien, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2021–15571 Filed 7–21–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–NPS0032322; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: California Department of Transportation, Sacramento, CA National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), assisted by the Fowler Museum at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society Research and Collections Facility (SLOCAS), in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has determined that the cultural items listed in this notice meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request to the California Department of Transportation. If no additional claimants come forward, transfer of control of the cultural items to the lineal descendants, Indian Tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed. DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Jul 21, 2021 Jkt 253001 identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request with information in support of the claim to the California Department of Transportation at the address in this notice by August 23, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Allred, California Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 942874, MS 27, Sacramento, CA 94271, telephone (916) 956–5506, email Sarah.Allred@ dot.ca.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items under the control of the California Department of Transportation, Sacramento, CA, and in the physical custody of the Fowler Museum at the University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, and the San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society Research and Collections Facility, San Luis Obispo, CA, 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 Native American cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. History and Description of the Cultural Items In 1965 and 1966, a total of 2,589 unassociated funerary objects were removed from CA–SLO–175 in San Luis Obispo County, CA. David Abrams and Nelson Leonard, in association with the University of California Archeological Survey, began excavations when Caltrans sought to widen Highway 1, which would significantly impact this Middle-to-Late Period site. The land was originally owned by the Hearst Corporation. Caltrans purchased the right-of-way in June 1966. All laboratory work was completed at UCLA. Abrams reported on the site and the excavations in the MA thesis he submitted to the University of California Davis. In March of 1973, UCLA sent the materials collected from CA–SLO–175 to SLOCAS (then located at Cuesta College) for further study and analysis, with the exception of the human remains and associated funerary objects. Subsequently, additional materials associated with the site were found at UCLA, and in May 1978, they were sent PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to SLOCAS for permanent curation. On July 14, 2017, UCLA sent the human remains and associated funerary objects to SLOCAS to unite the entire collection for an inventory, and to look for missing and loaned artifacts with the assistance of Chumash community members. The 2,589 unassociated funerary objects are composed of 2,463 objects present in the UCLA collections and 126 objects that are currently missing. The 2,463 unassociated funerary objects are seven pieces and one bag of asphaltum, one bag of charcoal, 717 pieces and 77 bags of unmodified faunal bone, one modified shell, 18 pieces of modified bone, 11 awls, 375 flakes, one etched stone, 367 scrapers, 179 cores, 34 choppers, 19 anvils, 160 points, one arrow shaft straightener, seven stone balls, 33 bifaces, 55 shell beads, three stone pendants and one bag of stone beads, one sharpening stone, 54 stone bowls, six burins, nine pieces of debitage, 14 drills, two fishhooks, two pieces of ochre, one quartz crystal, six perforators/picks, 18 pieces and five bags of unmodified shell, 104 knives, 35 grinding stones, 24 hammerstones, 61 manos/pestles, 32 net weights, 10 pecked stones, six tarring pebbles, and five other stone tools. The California Department of Transportation continues to look for the missing 126 unassociated funerary objects, which are two unmodified animal bones, one mortar, two stone bowls, four hammerstones, 13 knives, three manos, one net weight, three pestles, 26 points, three tarring pebbles, two shell beads, 33 stone flakes, two shells with asphaltum, eight cores, three scrapers, one pick, one drill, 11 pieces of charcoal, three modified animal bones, three burins, and one chopper. Following consultation with representatives of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California and three non-federally recognized Indian groups—the Barbaren˜o/Venturen˜o Band of Mission Indians, the yak tityu tityu yak ti5hini/Northern Chumash Tribe, and the Salinan Tribe of San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties— (hereafter referred to as ‘‘The Consulted Tribes and Groups’’), the California Department of Transportation has determined that CA–SLO–175 lies within the traditional territory of the Chumash and Salinan people. This determination is based on geographical, ethnographic, historical, oral traditional, and archeological information. Determinations Made by the California Department of Transportation Officials of the California Department of Transportation have determined that: E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 138 / Thursday, July 22, 2021 / Notices • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the 2,589 cultural items 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 and are believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native American individual. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the unassociated funerary objects and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California. Additional Requestors and Disposition Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request with information in support of the claim to Sarah Allred, California Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 942874, MS 27, Sacramento, CA 94271–0001, telephone (916) 956–5506, email Sarah.Allred@dot.ca.gov, by August 23, 2021. After that date, if no additional claimants have come forward, transfer of control of the unassociated funerary objects to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California may proceed. The California Department of Transportation is responsible for notifying The Consulted Tribes and Groups that this notice has been published. Dated: July 14, 2021. Melanie O’Brien, Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2021–15565 Filed 7–21–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–NPS0032318; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA National Park Service, Interior. Notice. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 AGENCY: ACTION: The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Jul 21, 2021 Jkt 253001 organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the lineal descendants, Indian Tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed. DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the address in this notice by August 23, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Christopher Woods, Williams Director, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104– 6324, telephone (215) 898–4050, email director@pennmuseum.org. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 under the control of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA. The human remains were removed from unknown sites in Muskogee County, OK; Philadelphia County, PA; Burlington County, NJ; Madison County, IN and other areas in the United States. 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. Consultation A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Delaware Nation, Oklahoma; Delaware PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38759 Tribe of Indians; and the Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin (hereafter referred to as ‘‘The Tribes’’). History and Description of the Remains Sometime prior to 1839, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual [catalog number 97–606–568] were removed from an unknown location in the United States by Mr. Witmer or an unknown 3rd party. Mr. Witmer transferred the human remains to Dr. Samuel G. Morton (b. 1799–d. 1851) who, by 1839, had accessioned them into his collection. The human remains belong to a female individual between 30 and 40 years of age. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Between 1832 and March of 1834, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual [catalog number 97–606–40] were obtained by Dr. Zina Pitcher (b. 1797–d. 1872) who, at that time, was serving as the Army surgeon at Fort Gibson, in Muskogee County, Oklahoma. Dr. Pitcher transferred the human remains to Dr. Samuel G. Morton who, by 1839, had accessioned them into his collection. The human remains belong to a female between 35 and 50 years of age. Archival documents indicate that she was from a ‘‘little colony on the Neosho River, near Fort Gibson.’’ No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Between 1838 and 1843, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual [catalog number 97–606– 1264] were removed from an unknown location in Indiana by Dr. Edwin Fussell [b. 1799–d. 1851], while he was living in Pendleton, Madison County, Indiana. By 1849, Dr. Fussell had transferred the human remains to Dr. Samuel G. Morton, who accessioned them into his collection. The human remains belong to a female between 40 and 50 years of age. Historical, published documents indicate she had been ‘‘massacred by the whites at a settlement on White River, Indiana.’’ No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. In 1847, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual [catalog number 97–606–1263] were removed from a Native cemetery in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA, by Mr. Isaac Paschall Morris [b. 1803– d. 1869]. By 1849, Mr. Morris had transferred the human remains to Dr. Samuel G. Morton, who accessioned them into his collection. The human remains belong to a probable female between 30 and 40 years of age. No E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-NPS0032322; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: California 
Department of Transportation, Sacramento, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), 
assisted by the Fowler Museum at the University of California Los 
Angeles (UCLA) and the San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society 
Research and Collections Facility (SLOCAS), in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has 
determined that the cultural items listed in this notice meet the 
definition of unassociated funerary objects. Lineal descendants or 
representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not 
identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items 
should submit a written request to the California Department of 
Transportation. If no additional claimants come forward, transfer of 
control of the cultural items to the lineal descendants, Indian Tribes, 
or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
claim these cultural items should submit a written request with 
information in support of the claim to the California Department of 
Transportation at the address in this notice by August 23, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Allred, California Department of 
Transportation, P.O. Box 942874, MS 27, Sacramento, CA 94271, telephone 
(916) 956-5506, email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 
U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items under the 
control of the California Department of Transportation, Sacramento, CA, 
and in the physical custody of the Fowler Museum at the University of 
California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, and the San Luis Obispo County 
Archaeological Society Research and Collections Facility, San Luis 
Obispo, CA, 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 Native 
American cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Items

    In 1965 and 1966, a total of 2,589 unassociated funerary objects 
were removed from CA-SLO-175 in San Luis Obispo County, CA. David 
Abrams and Nelson Leonard, in association with the University of 
California Archeological Survey, began excavations when Caltrans sought 
to widen Highway 1, which would significantly impact this Middle-to-
Late Period site. The land was originally owned by the Hearst 
Corporation. Caltrans purchased the right-of-way in June 1966. All 
laboratory work was completed at UCLA. Abrams reported on the site and 
the excavations in the MA thesis he submitted to the University of 
California Davis.
    In March of 1973, UCLA sent the materials collected from CA-SLO-175 
to SLOCAS (then located at Cuesta College) for further study and 
analysis, with the exception of the human remains and associated 
funerary objects. Subsequently, additional materials associated with 
the site were found at UCLA, and in May 1978, they were sent to SLOCAS 
for permanent curation. On July 14, 2017, UCLA sent the human remains 
and associated funerary objects to SLOCAS to unite the entire 
collection for an inventory, and to look for missing and loaned 
artifacts with the assistance of Chumash community members. The 2,589 
unassociated funerary objects are composed of 2,463 objects present in 
the UCLA collections and 126 objects that are currently missing. The 
2,463 unassociated funerary objects are seven pieces and one bag of 
asphaltum, one bag of charcoal, 717 pieces and 77 bags of unmodified 
faunal bone, one modified shell, 18 pieces of modified bone, 11 awls, 
375 flakes, one etched stone, 367 scrapers, 179 cores, 34 choppers, 19 
anvils, 160 points, one arrow shaft straightener, seven stone balls, 33 
bifaces, 55 shell beads, three stone pendants and one bag of stone 
beads, one sharpening stone, 54 stone bowls, six burins, nine pieces of 
debitage, 14 drills, two fishhooks, two pieces of ochre, one quartz 
crystal, six perforators/picks, 18 pieces and five bags of unmodified 
shell, 104 knives, 35 grinding stones, 24 hammerstones, 61 manos/
pestles, 32 net weights, 10 pecked stones, six tarring pebbles, and 
five other stone tools. The California Department of Transportation 
continues to look for the missing 126 unassociated funerary objects, 
which are two unmodified animal bones, one mortar, two stone bowls, 
four hammerstones, 13 knives, three manos, one net weight, three 
pestles, 26 points, three tarring pebbles, two shell beads, 33 stone 
flakes, two shells with asphaltum, eight cores, three scrapers, one 
pick, one drill, 11 pieces of charcoal, three modified animal bones, 
three burins, and one chopper.
    Following consultation with representatives of the Santa Ynez Band 
of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California 
and three non-federally recognized Indian groups--the Barbare[ntilde]o/
Venture[ntilde]o Band of Mission Indians, the yak tityu tityu yak 
ti[lstrok]hini/Northern Chumash Tribe, and the Salinan Tribe of San 
Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties--(hereafter referred to as ``The 
Consulted Tribes and Groups''), the California Department of 
Transportation has determined that CA-SLO-175 lies within the 
traditional territory of the Chumash and Salinan people. This 
determination is based on geographical, ethnographic, historical, oral 
traditional, and archeological information.

Determinations Made by the California Department of Transportation

    Officials of the California Department of Transportation have 
determined that:

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     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the 2,589 cultural items 
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 and are believed, by a preponderance of the 
evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native 
American individual.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the 
unassociated funerary objects and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash 
Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim 
these cultural items should submit a written request with information 
in support of the claim to Sarah Allred, California Department of 
Transportation, P.O. Box 942874, MS 27, Sacramento, CA 94271-0001, 
telephone (916) 956-5506, email [email protected], by August 23, 
2021. After that date, if no additional claimants have come forward, 
transfer of control of the unassociated funerary objects to the Santa 
Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, 
California may proceed.
    The California Department of Transportation is responsible for 
notifying The Consulted Tribes and Groups that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: July 14, 2021.
Melanie O'Brien,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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