FR Doc 03-27524
[Federal Register: November 3, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 212)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of 
Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains and associated funerary 
objects in the possession of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of 
Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. The 
human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from site 
NV[hyphen]Do[hyphen]12, Douglas County, NV.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of 
the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the 
Native American human remains and associated funerary objects. The 
National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within 
this notice.
    An assessment of the human remains, and catalog records and 
associated documents relevant to the human remains, was made by Phoebe 
A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology professional staff in consultation 
with representatives of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Nevada; and 
Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California (Carson Colony, Dresslerville 
Colony, Woodsford Community, Stewart Community, and Washoe Ranches).
    In 1956, human remains representing at least seven individuals were 
removed from site NV[hyphen]Do[hyphen]12, a habitation site located 
between Carson City and Genoa, Douglas County, NV. No known individuals 
were identified. The three associated funerary objects are three 
obsidian projectile point fragments.
    Based on the presence of chronologically diagnostic artifacts in 
other areas of the site, site NV[hyphen]Do[hyphen]12 is dated to circa 
1000 B.C. and later. The occupation of the site postdates the movement 
of Washoe people into this area of Nevada.
    Cultural affiliation of the human remains with Washoe descendants, 
represented by the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Nevada; and Washoe Tribe 
of Nevada and California (Carson Colony, Dresslerville Colony, 
Woodsford Community, Stewart Community, and Washoe Ranches), is based 
on oral traditions that place Washoe ancestors in the region ``since 
the beginning,'' linguistic evidence, and regional archeological 
evidence.
    Officials of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains 
described above represent the physical remains of at least seven 
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Phoebe A. 
Hearst Museum of Anthropology also have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the three objects described 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 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a 
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced 
between the Native American human remains and associated funerary 
objects and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Nevada; and Washoe Tribe of 
Nevada and California (Carson Colony, Dresslerville Colony, Woodsford 
Community, Stewart Community, and Washoe Ranches).
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact C. Richard Hitchcock, NAGPRA Coordinator, Phoebe 
A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 
Berkeley, CA 94720, telephone (510) 642-6096, before December 3, 2003. 
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to 
the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Nevada; and Washoe Tribe of Nevada and 
California (Carson Colony, Dresslerville Colony, Woodsford Community, 
Stewart Community, and Washoe Ranches) may proceed after that date if 
no additional claimants come forward.
    The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology is responsible for 
notifying the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Nevada; and Washoe Tribe of 
Nevada and California (Carson Colony, Dresslerville Colony, Woodsford 
Community, Stewart Community, and Washoe Ranches) that this notice has 
been published.

    Dated: August 27, 2003.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 03-27524 Filed 10-31-03; 8:45 am]

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