[Federal Register: August 14, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 157)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Fresno and Madera Counties, CA in the Possession of the California
State University-Fresno, Fresno, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of
the California State University-Fresno, Fresno, CA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by California
State University-Fresno professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Central Valley and Mountain Reinterment
Association on behalf of Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians, Picayune
Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, Table Mountain Rancheria, Northfork
Rancheria of Mono Indians, and Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians.
    In 1969, human remains representing one individual were donated to
Fresno

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State College (now California State University-Fresno) by Mr. Charles
M. Chapman, who uncovered the human remains during construction of a
patio on his house in Oakhurst, CA. No known individual was identified.
No associated funerary objects were present.
    This individual has been identified as Native American based on the
cultural material recovered during Mr. Chapman's patio construction.
The cultural material, a small arrow point and several steatite bowl
sherds, has been identified as being from the late precontact period
based on appearance and construction. Archeological evidence from this
area indicates a continuity of material culture from precontact times
into the historic period. Historic documents, ethnographic accounts,
and oral history further indicate occupation and shared use of this
area since the late precontact period by both Yokuts and Mono peoples.
    In 1970, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from an eroding road cut at site CA-MAD-250 by Fresno State College
staff. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    This individual has been identified as Native American from the
late precontact period based on cultural material recovered from the
site. Archeological evidence based on materical culture of this area
indicates continuity of occupation since precontact times into the
historic period. Historic documents, ethnographic accounts and oral
histories further document Yokuts and Mono occupation of this area.
    In 1970 and 1971, human remains representing two individuals were
recovered from site CA-FRE-515 during archeological field classes
conducted by Fresno State College. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on the degree of preservation and material culture from the
midden component of the site, these human remains have been determined
to be Native American dating from the late precontact period (post-1500
A.D.). Archeological evidence based on materical culture of this area
indicates continuity of occupation since precontact times into the
historic period. Historic documents, ethnographic accounts and oral
histories further document Yokuts and Mono occupation of this area.
    In 1974, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from site CA-FRE-645 by Fresno State College staff during legally
authorized test excavations. No known individuals were identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    CA-FRE-645 has been identified as a large habitation site with two
components, one dating earlier than 1000 A.D. and the other after 1000
A.D. based on artifact assemblages. This individual has been identified
as Native American based on cultural material and the location of the
remains in the midden site. Based on the degree of preservation and the
cultural material, these human remains are presumed to be from the late
precontact period (post-1500 A.D.). Archeological evidence indicates a
continuity of material culture from precontact times into the historic
period. Historic documents, ethnographic accounts and oral histories
further indicate occupation and shared use of this area since the late
precontact period by both Yokuts and Mono peoples.
    In 1975, human remains representing approximately two individuals
were recovered from site CA-FRE-644 during excavations conducted by
California State University-Fresno staff. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    CA-FRE-644 has been identified as a habitation site with two
components; traces of an early occupation, and a proto- to early
historic period component based on cultural material of the site. The
human remains appear to be associated with the principal proto- to
early historic component of this site. Archeological evidence, based on
material culture, indicates Yokuts and Mono affiliation. Ethnographic
evidence and oral tradition presented by tribal representatives further
indicate Yokuts and Mono affiliation to occupation sites in this area
in the proto- and early historic periods.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
California State University-Fresno have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of approximately seven individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the California State University-Fresno have determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared
group identity which can be reasonably traced between these Native
American human remains and the Central Valley and Mountain Reinterment
Association on behalf of Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians, Picayune
Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, Table Mountain Rancheria, Northfork
Rancheria of Mono Indians, and Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Central Valley and
Mountain Reinterment Association on behalf of Big Sandy Rancheria of
Mono Indians, Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, Table Mountain
Rancheria, Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and Cold Springs
Rancheria of Mono Indians. Representatives of any other Indian tribe
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains should contact Professor Roger LaJeunesse, Department of
Anthropology, California State University-Fresno, 5245 North Backer
Avenue, Fresno, CA 93740-0016; telephone: (209) 278-4900, before
September 14, 1998. Repatriation of the human remains to the Central
Valley and Mountain Reinterment Association on behalf of Big Sandy
Rancheria of Mono Indians, Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians,
Table Mountain Rancheria, Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and Cold
Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
Dated: August 7, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-21888 Filed 8-13-98; 8:45 am]
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