[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 76 (Thursday, April 19, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 23502-23504]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [http://www.gpo.gov/]
[FR Doc No: 2012-9461]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Denver Department 
of Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology, Denver, CO

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum 
of Anthropology, Denver, CO, has completed an inventory of human

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remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has 
determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human 
remains and present-day Indian tribes. Representatives of any Indian 
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human 
remains may contact the University of Denver Department of Anthropology 
and Museum of Anthropology. Repatriation of the human remains to the 
Indian tribes stated below may occur if no additional claimants come 
forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the 
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of 
Anthropology at the address below by May 21, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Anne Amati, University of Denver Department of Anthropology 
and Museum of Anthropology, 2000 E. Asbury Avenue, Sturm Hall 146, 
Denver, CO 80208-0910, telephone (303) 871-2687.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 University of Denver Department of Anthropology and 
Museum of Anthropology, Denver, CO (DUMA). The human remains were 
removed from an unknown location.
    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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by DUMA 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Santa 
Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California. DUMA 
sent correspondence to all Federally recognized tribes in California 
inviting them to consult, including all tribes related to the Yokut 
people (the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California; 
Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; 
Table Mountain Rancheria of California; and the Tule River Indian Tribe 
of the Tule River Reservation, California). Correspondence in support 
of the assessment and cultural affiliation was received from the 
Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Karuk Tribe 
(formerly the Karuk Tribe of California); Paiute-Shoshone Indians of 
the Bishop Community of the Bishop Colony, California; and the Sherwood 
Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California. DUMA staff responded to 
follow up questions from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of 
the Aqua Caliente Indian Reservation, California, and the Round Valley 
Indian Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation, California.

History and Description of the Remains

    At an unknown date, human remains (DU 6062) representing, at 
minimum, one individual were removed from an unknown location in 
California. The human remains came into the possession of DUMA at an 
unknown date. No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present. The remains were marked ``Digger Indian, 
California Mound Graves.''
    At an unknown date, human remains (DU 6179) representing, at 
minimum, one individual were removed from an unknown location in 
southern California. The human remains came into the possession of DUMA 
at an unknown date. No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present. The remains were marked ``Digger Indian, 
So. California Mound Graves.''
    During consultation, Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa 
Rancheria representatives provided geographical, archeological, and 
historical evidence to support cultural affiliation with the Yokut 
people. Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria 
representatives provided maps and written descriptions identifying the 
expanse of Yokut aboriginal territory in California, from the summit of 
the inner or Mount Diablo Range of the Coast Mountains to the upper 
reaches of the Sierra Foothills, from the north of Cosumne River basin 
to Tejon Canyon on the east, and from Carquinez Strait to Paleta on the 
west. They also provided archeological documentation identifying 
``Indian Mound'' burial as a cultural aspect of the aboriginal Yokut 
people and historical reference for the term ``Digger Indian,'' a 
slander that was applied to many California Indians, including the 
Yokut people.

Determinations Made by the University of Denver Department of 
Anthropology and Museum of Anthropology

    Officials of the University of Denver Department of Anthropology 
and Museum of Anthropology have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of two individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     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 Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians 
of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, 
California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; and the Tule River 
Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Anne Amati, 
University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of 
Anthropology, 2000 E. Asbury Avenue, Sturm Hall 146, Denver, CO 80208-
0910, telephone (303) 871-2687, before May 21, 2012. Repatriation of 
the human remains to the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of 
California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, 
California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; and the Tule River 
Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California, may proceed 
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The University of Denver Department of Anthropology and Museum of 
Anthropology is responsible for notifying the Agua Caliente Band of 
Cahuilla Indians of the Aqua Caliente Indian Reservation, California; 
Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Karuk Tribe 
(formerly the Karuk Tribe of California); Paiute-Shoshone Indians of 
the Bishop Community of the Bishop Colony, California; Picayune 
Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California; Round Valley Indian 
Tribes of the Round Valley Reservation, California; Santa Rosa Indian 
Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Sherwood Valley 
Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California; Table Mountain Rancheria of 
California; and the Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River 
Reservation, California, that this notice has been published.


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    Dated: April 12, 2012.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-9461 Filed 4-18-12; 8:45 am]
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