[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 113 (Tuesday, June 12, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 34984-34985]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office 
[www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-14299]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-10345; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate a Cultural Item: San Diego Museum of Man, 
San Diego, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The San Diego Museum of Man, in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribes, has determined that a cultural item meets the 
definition of unassociated funerary object and repatriation to the Indian 
tribes stated below may occur if no additional claimants come forward. 
Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally 
affiliated with the cultural item may contact the San Diego Museum of 
Man.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the cultural item should contact the San Diego 
Museum of Man at the address below by July 12, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Philip Hoog, San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA 92101, 
telephone (619) 239-2001, extension 43.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 
U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate a cultural item in the 
possession of the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA, that meets the 
definition of unassociated funerary object under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    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 
cultural item. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Item

    In 1929, one clay pipe (or bow pipe), about five inches in total 
length, was removed from archeological site SDM-W-1 (as named by 
archeologist Malcolm Rogers), also known as CA-SDI-39, generally referred 
to as the Spindrift site, located near the coast of the Pacific Ocean in 
present day La Jolla, CA. The pottery pipe is a bow-
type with a beak-shaped holder and has diamond hatching incised about the 
bowl. It has a charred appearance, suggesting that it was burned. Shortly 
after its excavation, Malcolm Rogers transferred the clay pipe to the San 
Diego Museum of Man, where he was employed at the time.
    Malcolm Rogers's 1929 excavation notes state that the pipe was 
discovered with one associated cremation, however, the cremated human 
remains do not reside at the Museum of Man. Kumeyaay tradition, confirmed 
through consultation with Kumeyaay representatives, also dictates that 
charred objects, such as this pipe, were part of burial offerings and 
were most likely associated to cremated human remains, most likely a 
male. Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the pipe is considered an 
unassociated funerary object. Clay pipes such as this one typically do 
not make an appearance in the archeological record until after A.D. 1000. 
Archeological evidence and Kumeyaay tradition both suggest that the 
present-day Kumeyaay people of Southern California occupied the area 
where the pipe was discovered during this period.

Determinations Made by the San Diego Museum of Man

    Officials of the San Diego Museum of Man have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the one cultural item described 
above is 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 and is believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have 
been removed from a specific burial site of a Native American individual.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared 
group identity that can be reasonably traced between the clay pipe and 
the Kumeyaay Nation, as represented by the Barona Group of Capitan Grande 
Band of Mission Indians of the Barona Reservation, California; Campo Band 
of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Campo Indian Reservation, California; 
Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians, California; Iipay Nation of Santa 
Ysabel, California (formerly the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission 
Indians of the Santa Ysabel Reservation); Inaja Band of Diegueno Mission 
Indians of the Inaja and Cosmit Reservation, California; Jamul Indian 
Village of California; La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the 
La Posta Indian Reservation, California; Manzanita Band of Diegueno 
Mission Indians of the Manzanita Reservation, California; Mesa Grande 
Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Mesa Grande Reservation, 
California; San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission

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Indians of California; Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation; and Viejas 
(Baron Long) Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the 
Viejas Reservation, California (hereafter referred to as ``The Tribes'').

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary object should 
contact Philip Hoog, San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego, 
CA 92101, telephone (619) 239-2001, ext. 43 before July 12, 2012. 
Repatriation of the unassociated funerary object to the Kumeyaay Nation, 
as represented by The Tribes may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward.
    The San Diego Museum of Man is responsible for notifying the Kumeyaay 
Nation, as represented by The Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: June 7, 2012.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-14299 Filed 6-11-12; 8:45 am]
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