FR Doc E8-23964[Federal Register: October 9, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 197)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: San Diego Archaeological Center, 
San Diego, 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 San Diego Archaeological Center, San 
Diego, CA. The human remains and associated funerary objects were 
removed from archeological sites CA-SDI-8629 and CA-SDI-8639H in San 
Diego 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 and associated funerary objects. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by San Diego 
Archaeological Center professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Luiseno Nation, which is represented by the La 
Jolla Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the La Jolla Reservation, 
California; Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pala 
Reservation, California; Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the 
Pauma & Yuima Reservation, California; Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission 
Indians of the Pechanga Reservation, California; Rincon Band of Luiseno 
Mission Indians of the Rincon Reservation, California; Soboba Band of 
Luiseno Indians, California; Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Luiseno Mission 
Indians of California; and San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians, a non-
federally recognized Indian group.
    In 1981, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from archeological sites CA-SDI-8629 and CA-SDI-8639H near 
Warner Springs in San Diego County, CA, as part of an archeological 
excavation performed in compliance with the California Environmental 
Quality Act (CEQA). On May 10, 2006, the collection was accessioned by 
the San Diego Archaeological Center, and assessed for objects eligible 
for repatriation in accordance with NAGPRA. No known individual was 
identified. The six associated funerary objects are one chipped stone 
projectile point, four shell beads and one cooking stone.
    The sites are located on the U.S. Geographical Survey topographic 
map of Warner Springs. The Warner Springs Ranch is located in the 
eastern part of San Diego County. The site falls within traditional 
Cupeno territory and is considered to be part of the ethnohistoric 
village of Cupa. The reporting archeologist surmised that artifacts 
from the test units gave a clear impression that the deposits relate to 
Late Prehistoric and historic times. Descendants of the Cupeno Nation 
(Cupa, Kuupangaxwichem) reside on the Pala reservation. The Pala 
reservation is also home to the Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of 
the Pala Reservation, California, which is a member of the Luiseno 
Nation.
    The Luiseno Nation is represented by the La Jolla Band of Luiseno 
Mission Indians of the La Jolla Reservation, California; Pala Band of 
Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pala Reservation, California; Pauma Band 
of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pauma & Yuima Reservation, 
California; Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pechanga 
Reservation, California; Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the 
Rincon Reservation, California; Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, 
California; Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of 
California; and San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians, a non-federally 
recognized Indian group.
    Officials of the San Diego Archaeological Center have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of one individual of Native 
American ancestry. Officials of the San Diego Archaeological Center 
also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the six 
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 San Diego 
Archaeological Center 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 Luiseno Nation, which is 
represented by the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the La 
Jolla Reservation, California; Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of 
the Pala Reservation, California; Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians 
of the Pauma & Yuima Reservation, California; Pechanga Band of Luiseno 
Mission Indians of the Pechanga Reservation, California; Rincon Band of 
Luiseno Mission Indians of the Rincon Reservation, California; Soboba 
Band of Luiseno Indians, California; Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Luiseno 
Mission Indians of California; and San Luis Rey Band of Mission 
Indians, a non-federally recognized Indian group.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Cindy Stankowski, San Diego Archaeological 
Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027-7001, 
telephone (760) 291-0370, before November 10, 2008. Repatriation of the 
human remains and associated funerary objects to the Luiseno Nation, 
which is represented by the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of 
the La Jolla Reservation, California; Pala Band of Luiseno Mission 
Indians of the Pala Reservation, California; Pauma Band of Luiseno 
Mission Indians of the

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Pauma & Yuima Reservation, California; Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission 
Indians of the Pechanga Reservation, California; Rincon Band of Luiseno 
Mission Indians of the Rincon Reservation, California; Soboba Band of 
Luiseno Indians, California; Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Luiseno Mission 
Indians of California; and San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians, a non-
federally recognized Indian group, may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The San Diego Archaeological Center is responsible for notifying 
the Cupeno (Cupa, Kuupangaxwichem) Nation of the Pala Reservation, 
California; La Jolla Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the La Jolla 
Reservation, California; Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the 
Pala Reservation, California; Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of 
the Pauma & Yuima Reservation, California; Pechanga Band of Luiseno 
Mission Indians of the Pechanga Reservation, California; Rincon Band of 
Luiseno Mission Indians of the Rincon Reservation, California; Soboba 
Band of Luiseno Indians, California; and Twenty-Nine Palms Band of 
Luiseno Mission Indians of California; and San Luis Rey Band of Mission 
Indians, a non-federally recognized Indian group, that this notice has 
been published.

    Dated: September 12, 2008
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-23964 Filed 10-8-08; 8:45 am]

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