[Federal Register: December 22, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 247)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the Department of
Anthropology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Department of Anthropology,
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the
Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State University professional
staff in consultation with representatives of the Tuolumne Band of Me-
Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California.
    In 1970-71, human remains representing nine individuals were
recovered from CA-TUO-279, a site located on a small peninsula that
extended into the western side of the original Don Pedro Reservoir.
During the construction of the new reservoir, an archeological data
recovery project was undertaken by San Francisco State University. The
site area is now inundated by the new Don Pedro Reservoir. No known
individuals were identified. The four associated funerary objects are
flaked stone fragments, modified bird bone, and an olivella bead.
    In 1970-71, human remains representing 21 individuals were
recovered from CA-TUO-300, a site located near LaGrange, CA, during
archeological excavations conducted by San Francisco State University.
The site area is now inundated by the new Don Pedro Reservoir. No known
individuals were identified. The 49 associated funerary objects are
flaked stone fragments.
    In 1970-71, human remains representing nine individuals were
recovered from CA-TUO-314, a site located on the southern bank of
Moccasin Creek, near LaGrange, CA, during archeological excavations
conducted by San Francisco State University. No known individuals were
identified. The 52 associated funerary objects are flaked stone
fragments; ground stone; and faunal materials including modified and
unmodified animal bones and teeth, and modified bird bone.
    The geographic location of the sites and archeological, historical,
and oral history evidence indicate that these human remains and
associated funerary objects are Native American. The objects are
consistent with the material culture of the ancestral Sierra Miwok who
occupied this area during the Euro-American contact period, and all of
the sites are located in an area that is documented as Central Sierra
Miwok territory. Oral history evidence presented during consultation
indicates that the area has been continuously occupied by the Miwok
since the contact period and that there is cultural affiliation between
the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of
California and the Sierra Miwok Indians.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State University have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains
listed above represent the physical remains of 39 individuals of Native
American ancestry. Officials of the Department of Anthropology, San
Francisco State University also have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 105 objects listed 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 Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State
University have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is
a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced
between these Native American human remains and associated funerary
objects and the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne
Rancheria of California.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Tuolumne Band of Me-
Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California, and the Central
Sierra Me-Wuk Cultural and Historic Preservation Committee.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact Jeff Fentress, NAGPRA Coordinator, Department of
Anthropology, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San
Francisco, CA 94132, telephone (415) 338-2046, before January 22, 2001.
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to
the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of
California, and the Central Sierra Me-Wuk Cultural and Historic
Preservation Committee may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: December 14, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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