FR Doc 05-18085
[Federal Register: September 13, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 176)]
[Notices]               
[Page 54074-54075]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: California State University, 
Sacramento, Department of Anthropology, Sacramento, 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 in the possession of the 
California State University, Sacramento, Department of Anthropology, 
Sacramento, CA. The human remains were removed from sites along the 
shoreline of Lake Britton, Shasta County, CA.
    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 in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the 
California State University, Sacramento, Department of Anthropology 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Pit 
River Tribe, California.

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    In 1969, human remains representing a minimum of eight individuals 
were removed from sites CA-SHA-385, CA-SHA-395, CA-SHA-396, and CA-SHA-
409 or ``J 37'', along the shoreline of Lake Britton, Shasta County, 
CA, by California State University, Sacramento, Department of 
Anthropology personnel during the course of an archeological site 
survey for Pacific Gas &Electric. No known individuals were identified. 
No associated funerary objects are present.
    The exposed human remains were salvaged from site surfaces that 
were being eroded by wave action caused by water ski boats and water 
releases at Lake Britton. The concern was to remove the human remains 
from an area where pot-hunters were active to prevent illegal 
collection from along the artificial lake shores. Sites CA-SHA-385, CA-
SHA-395, CA-SHA-396, and CA-SHA-409 are prehistoric in age and are not 
currently identified to specific temporal periods. Based on the 
condition of the human remains, it is estimated that they are 
approximately 500 years of age and are Native American. Determination 
of cultural affiliation is based on testimony in Indian Claims 
Commission proceedings (7 ICC 815 [1959]), which states that the Pit 
River Tribe, California can be divided into 11 autonomous bands, one of 
which have occupied the area around Lake Britton since time immemorial.
    Officials of the California State University, Sacramento, 
Department of Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3001 (9-10), the human remains listed above represent the physical 
remains of eight individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of 
the California State University, Sacramento, Department of Anthropology 
also 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 the Pit River Tribe, 
California.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. M. 
Elizabeth Strasser, Department Chair, Department of Anthropology, 
California State University, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819, 
telephone (916) 278-6452, before October 13, 2005. Repatriation of the 
human remains to the Pit River Tribe, California may proceed after that 
date if no additional claimants come forward.
    California State University, Sacramento, Department of Anthropology 
is responsible for notifying the Alturas Indian Rancheria, California; 
Pit River Tribe, California; Redding Rancheria, California; Round 
Valley Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation, California; and 
Susanville Indian Rancheria, California that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: August 1, 2005
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 05-18085 Filed 9-12-05; 8:45 am]

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