[Federal Register: August 16, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 157)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Woodlake, CA in the Possession of the Los Angeles County Museum of
Natural History, Los Angeles, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, DOI.

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 from Woodlake, CA in
the possession of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Los
Angeles, CA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Los Angeles
County Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation
with representatives of the Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River
Reservation and the Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa
Rancheria.
    In 1932, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from the Robla Lomas Ranch, Woodlake, CA under unknown circumstances by
person(s) unknown. In 1972, these human remains were donated to the Los

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Angeles County Museum of Natural History by Helen Phillips Spears. No
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Collections documentation indicates this individual was found with
ten other individuals on the Robla Lomas Ranch. Documentation also
suggests that these human remains are probably those of an individual
killed by the Spanish during a battle known to have occured at the
Robla Lomas Ranch in 1832. Ethnohistoric information indicates that the
Robla Lomas Ranch is within the historic territory traditionally
occupied by the Southern Valley Yokuts, now represented by the present-
day Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation. Consultation
with representatives of the Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River
Reservation confirm that these human remains are affiliated with the
Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Los
Angeles County Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant
to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History 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 Tule River Indian Tribe of the
Tule River Reservation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Tule River Indian
Tribe of the Tule River Reservation and the Santa Rosa Indian Community
of the Santa Rosa Rancheria. Representatives of any other Indian tribe
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains should contact Dr. Margaret A. Hardin, Anthropology Section,
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los
Angeles, CA 90007; telephone: (213) 763-3382; e-mail: Mhardin@nhm.org,
before September 15, 1999. Repatriation of the human remains to the
Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: August 10, 1999.
Richard Waldbauer,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-21068 Filed 8-13-99; 8:45 am]
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