[Federal Register: October 26, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 208)]
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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 the
Anthropological Studies Center, Archaeological Collections Facility,
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA; and in the Control of the
California Department of Transportation, Sacramento, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service Interior.

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 the Anthropological Studies
Center, Archaeological Collections Facility, Sonoma State University,
Rohnert Park, CA; and in the control of the California Department of
Transportation, Sacramento, CA.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.9 (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
Anthropological Studies Center professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Elem Tribal Colony of Pomo Indians of the
Sulphur Bank Rancheria, California; Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians
of California; and Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California.
    In 1961, human remains representing 14 individuals were recovered
from site CA-LAK-261 in Lake County, CA, during authorized excavations
conducted by David A. Fredrickson of Sonoma State University in
conjunction with improvements along California Highway 53. No known
individuals were identified. The 39 associated funerary objects include
ground stone, shell beads, projectile points, polished bone, and blade
fragments.
    Based on osteological and archeological evidence, these individuals
have been identified as Native American. Nine individuals are believed
to be associated with the earliest component of the site, dating from
3000-1000 B.C., and five individuals are believed to be associated with
a later component of the site, dating from 500 A.D. and ending prior to
European contact. Based on geographical and ethnographic evidence, site
CA-LAK-261 is believed to have been the village of Tuleyome.
    In 1964, human remains representing 23 individuals were recovered
from site CA-LAK-271 (Kelseyville/Glebe site) in Lake County, CA,
during authorized excavations conducted by the Department of Parks and
Recreation as part of a salvage initiative associated with the
California Department of Transportation realignment of California
Highway 29, between Lakeport and Kelseyville, CA. No known individuals
were identified. The 56 associated funerary objects include projectile
points, flakes, cobbles, shells, groundstone, cores, charmstones,
faunal remains, scrapers, an obsidian knife, and an awl.
    Based on osteological and archeological evidence, these human
remains have been identified as Native American. Point typologies date
the site to between 1500-3000 B.P. Based on geographical and
ethnographic accounts, site CA-LAK-271 is believed to have been the
ethnographic village of Licuikalixowa.
    In 1975, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from site CA-LAK-435 in Lake County, CA, by the Anthropological Studies
Center during authorized test excavations prior to widening California
Highway 20 east of Upper Lake, CA. No known individuals was identified.
No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on archeological evidence, these human remains have been
identified as Native American dating to between 500 B.C.-A.D. 0. Based
on artifact typology, site CA-LAK-435 has been identified as an
occupation site dating from 6000 B.C.-A.D. 1800.
    In 1982, human remains representing 14 individuals were recovered
from site CA-LAK-510 (Allsop/Creager site) in Lake County, CA, during
archeological investigations sponsored by the California Department of
Transportation to mitigate an eroding cutbank along Dam Road and
reconstruct Old Highway 53. No known individuals were identified. The
56 associated funerary objects include Macoma clam disk beads,
projectile points, bone tools, pendants, and pestles.
    Based on osteological and archeological evidence, these human
remains have been identified as Native American. Based on point
typologies and obsidian hydration analysis of associated artifacts, the
remains are estimated to date between 500 B.C.-A.D. 0.
    During 1978-1981, human remains representing four individuals were
recovered from site CA-LAK-510 (Allsop/Creager site) in Lake County,
CA, during three separate field projects sponsored by the California
Department of Transportation in conjunction with improvements to
California Highway 53. No known individuals were identified. The 27
associated funerary objects include Macoma clam disk beads, a
projectile point, and a slate pendant.
    Based on osteological and archeological evidence, these human
remains have been identified as Native American. Based on point
typologies and obsidian hydration analysis, the remains are estimated
to date between 500 B.C.-A.D. 0. Based on geographical and ethnographic
evidence, site CA-LAK-510 has been identified as located near the
ethnographic village of Bedai or Creek Home.
    Geographical, ethnographic, linguistic, and historical evidence
indicates that these archeological sites are located within the
traditional territories of the Elem Tribal Colony of Pomo Indians of
the Sulphur Bank Rancheria, California; Scotts Valley Band of Pomo
Indians of California; and Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians

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of California. Based on archeological evidence, continuity of
occupation and material culture, and ethnographic accounts, the Elem
Tribal Colony of Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria,
California; Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians of California; and
Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California have been culturally
affiliated with these sites.
    Based on the above mentioned information, the Anthropological
Studies Center, Archaeological Collections Facility, Sonoma State
University professional staff has determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of 56 individuals of Native American ancestry. The
Anthropological Studies Center, Archaeological Collections Facility,
Sonoma State University professional staff also has determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 173 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, the Anthropological Studies Center, Archaeological
Collections Facility, Sonoma State University professional staff has
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
Elem Tribal Colony of Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria,
California; Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians of California; and
Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Elem Tribal Colony of
Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria, California; Scotts Valley
Band of Pomo Indians of California; and Middletown Rancheria of Pomo
Indians of California. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary objects should contact Tina Biorn,
Environmental Program, Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 942874
(M.S. 27), Sacramento, CA 94274-0001, telephone (916) 653-0013, before
November 26, 2001. Repatriation of the human remains and associated
funerary objects to the Elem Tribal Colony of Pomo Indians of the
Sulphur Bank Rancheria, California; Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians
of California; and Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California
may begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: July 3, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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