[Federal Register: August 8, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 153)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
From Fresno, Kings, and Madera Counties, CA in the Possession of the
Department of Anthropology, California State University, 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 Department of Anthropology, California State University, Fresno,
CA. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the
Department of Anthropology, California State University, Fresno,
professional staff.
    During the 1950's and 1960's, human remains representing a minimum
of 122 individuals were recovered from excavations conducted by Fresno
State College staff, in addition to individuals given to the college by
various law enforcement agencies. The packaging and labeling of the
human remains was destroyed many years ago, making positive
identification for these human remains impossible. Extant
documentation, including field notes and reports of the archeological
projects conducted by Fresno State College, now the California State
University, Fresno, indicates that these remains probably came from
sites in Fresno, Kings, and Madera Counties, CA. No known individuals
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The absence of specific information on the provenience, age, or
cultural context of these remains makes it impossible to determine
their cultural affiliation, and they have been inventoried as
``culturally unidentifiable.'' Department of Anthropology, California
State University, Fresno, officials consulted with the four Federally
recognized Native American tribes and non-Federally recognized Native
American groups of the central San Joaquin Valley, the geographic area
of the probable origin of the remains, and all parties agreed that the
remains should be repatriated to the Central Valley and Mountain
Reinterment Association, which has been authorized to act on behalf of
the Native American tribes and groups.
    On April 15, 1999, California State University, Fresno, petitioned
the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee
concerning the Central Valley and Mountain Reinterment Association's
request for repatriation of these individuals listed as ``culturally
unidentifiable'' on the Department of Anthropology, California State
University, Fresno, NAGPRA inventory. Representatives of the
university, North Fork Rancheria, and the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal
Councils presented the petition to the Review Committee at its May,
1999 meeting. The Review Committee recommended that the university
repatriate these remains to the Central Valley and Mountain Reinterment
Association. This recommendation was transmitted to the university by
the National Park Service in a letter of September 3, 1999.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
Department of Anthropology, 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 a minimum of 122
individuals of Native American ancestry. Also, officials of the
Department of Anthropology, California State University, Fresno, have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is no relationship
of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between these
Native American human remains and a Federally recognized Indian tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Big Sandy Rancheria,
Picayune Rancheria, Table Mountain Rancheria, North Fork Rancheria,
Cold Springs Rancheria, the Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi Tribe, and the
Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Council. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these
objects should contact Professor Roger LaJeunesse, Department of
Anthropology, California State University, Fresno, CA, 93740-8001,
telephone (559) 278-4900, before September 7, 2000. Repatriation of the
human remains occurred on December 5, 1999.

    Dated: July 18, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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