[Federal Register: October 13, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 199)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of Mendocino National
Forest, USDA-Forest Service, Willows, 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 and associated
funerary objects in the possession of Mendocino National Forest, USDA-
Forest Service, Willows, 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 Mendocino
National Forest professional staff in consultation with representatives
of Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Enterprise
Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Mechoopda Indian Tribe of
Chico Rancheria, California; Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of
California; and Round Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley
Reservation, California.
    Between 1976 and 1977, human remains representing four individuals
were excavated from site CA-BUT-296 in Butte County, CA by field crews
from California State University, Chico. The university was contracted
by the Mendocino National Forest in 1976 after accidentally discovering
the remains during mechanical trenching for an irrigation pipeline at a
tree nursery. No

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known individuals were identified. The 66 associated funerary objects
include a stone bead, bear claws, bone awls or hairpins, a bone tube
fragment, a perforated bone artifact fragment, a quartz crystal, and
flaked stone artifacts.
    Based on the condition of the remains and material culture found
with the burials, these individuals have been identified as Native
American. The remains were determined to date to the late prehistoric
period. Ethnographic, historical, and geographic information
establishes that the Konkow Maidu people were occupants of the region
at the time of contact and European colonization. Oral history of the
Maidu Indians also indicates they were in the region prior to contact
and European colonization.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
Mendocino National Forest, USDA-Forest Service have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above
represent the physical remains of four individuals of Native American
ancestry. Officials of the Mendocino National Forest, USDA-Forest
Service also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the
66 objects listed 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 the Mendocino
National Forest, USDA-Forest Service have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group identity that
can be reasonably traced between these Native American human remains
and associated funerary objects and the Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu
Indians of California; Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of
California; Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California;
Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; and Round Valley
Indian Tribe of the Round Valley Reservation, California.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Berry Creek Rancheria
of Maidu Indians of California; Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians
of California; Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California;
Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; and Round Valley
Indian Tribe of the Round Valley Reservation, California.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact James D. Fenwood, Forest Supervisor, Mendocino
National Forest, 825 North Humboldt Avenue, Willows, CA, telephone
(530) 934-3316, before November 13, 2000. Repatriation of the human
remains and associated funerary objects to the Mechoopda Indian Tribe
of Chico Rancheria, California may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: October 5, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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