[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 121 (Tuesday, June 24, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35790-35791]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-14750]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-15869; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Anthropological 
Studies Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Anthropological Studies Center, Sonoma State University, 
in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian 
organizations, has determined that the cultural items listed in this 
notice meet the definition of sacred objects and objects of cultural 
patrimony. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
claim these cultural items should submit a written request to the 
Anthropological Studies Center, Sonoma State University. If no 
additional claimants come forward, transfer of control of the cultural 
items to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian 
organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
claim these cultural items should submit a written request with 
information in support of the claim to the Anthropological Studies 
Center, Sonoma State University at the address in this notice by July 
24, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Sandra Massey, NAGPRA Coordinator, Anthropological Studies 
Center, Archaeological Collections Facility, Sonoma State University, 
1801 East Cotati Ave., Building 29, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, telephone 
(707) 664-2381, email massey@sonoma.edu.

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 cultural items under the 
control of the Anthropological Studies Center, Sonoma State University 
that meet the definition of sacred objects and objects of cultural 
patrimony 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 items. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Item(s)

    In 1967, 293 cultural items were removed from the Reedlands Woods 
site (CA-MRN-27) in Tiburon, Marin County, CA, during an excavation 
under the direction of Dr. Frederickson (accession number 67-01). A 
number of the sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony from 
this site were previously on loan to San Francisco State University and 
Novato Museum of Prehistory. In 1975, the cultural items from the 
Novato Museum of Prehistory were transferred to Tiberon Landmark 
Society, and in 1997, the items were returned to the Archaeological 
Collections Facility, Sonoma State University. The cultural items on 
loan to San Francisco State University were returned to the 
Archaeological Collections Facility, Sonoma State University in 2006.
    The 125 sacred objects are 1 bone bead, 1 elk bone whistle, 1 bear 
tooth with asphaltum, 45 Olivella shell beads, 41 Haliotis shell beads, 
1 Macoma shell bead, 17 miscellaneous shell beads, 2 quartz or calcite 
crystals, 9 charmstones, and 7 pieces micaceous schist. The 168 objects 
of cultural patrimony are 4 antler tools, 1 Haliotis shell pendant, 1 
shell bead blank, 14 bone tools, 1 bone pendant/spatula, 4 bone tubes, 
25 pieces modified bone, 40 obsidian tools, 22 worked/utilized obsidian 
flakes, 9 chert tools, 1 piece worked chert, and 46 pieces groundstone.
    Radiocarbon tests from the Reedland Woods site yielded dates 
between 370 to 190 B.C. and 30 to 95 B.C. Analysis of the artifacts 
found at the site date the burials to the Upper Archaic period (1500 
B.C.-500 B.C.). The Reedland Woods site is located within the 
historically documented territory of the Federated Indians of Graton 
Rancheria, California.

Determinations Made By the Anthropological Studies Center, Sonoma State 
University

    Officials of the Anthropological Studies Center, Sonoma State 
University have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(C), the 125 sacred objects 
described above are specific ceremonial objects needed

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by traditional Native American religious leaders for the practice of 
traditional Native American religions by their present-day adherents.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(D), the 168 objects of 
cultural patrimony described above have ongoing historical, 
traditional, or cultural importance central to the Native American 
group or culture itself, rather than property owned by an individual.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the sacred 
objects and the objects of cultural patrimony, and the Federated 
Indians of Graton Rancheria, California.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim 
these cultural items should submit a written request with information 
in support of the claim to Sandra Massey, NAGPRA Coordinator, 
Anthropological Studies Center, Archaeological Collections Facility, 
Sonoma State University, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Building 29, Rohnert 
Park, CA 94928, telephone (707) 664-2381, email massey@sonoma.edu by 
July 24, 2014. After that date, if no additional claimants have come 
forward, transfer of control of the sacred objects and objects of 
cultural patrimony to the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, 
California, may proceed.
    The Anthropological Studies Center, Sonoma State University is 
responsible for notifying the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, 
California, that this notice has been published.

    Dated: May 22, 2014.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2014-14750 Filed 6-23-14; 8:45 am]
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