[Federal Register: November 5, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 214)]
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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 Control of the California State
Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), Sacramento, CA, and in the
Possession of the Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State
University, San Francisco, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 control of the California State Department of
Transportation (CALTRANS), Sacramento, CA, and 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 San
Francisco State University Department of Anthropology and CALTRANS
professional staffs in consultation with representatives of the Indians
of the Graton Rancheria of California.
    During 1965-1966, human remains representing a minimum of 19
individuals were recovered from site CA-MRN-***, Marin County, CA,
during legally authorized salvage excavations for CALTRANS conducted by
C. McNeath, T. King, and M. Moratto of San Francisco State University,
San Francisco, CA. No known individuals were identified. The 104
associated funerary objects include flaked stone, groundstone, bone
tools, chert scrapers, 1 glass scraper, shell ornaments, and baked
clay.
    Site CA-MRN-192 is located within documented Coast Miwok territory.
Based on the associated funerary objects, these individuals have been
identified as Native American. Based on the artifact assemblage, site
CA-MRN-192 was occupied from Middle Horizon to Late Horizon Phase II
(circa B.C.E. 2000-1500) to Euro-American contact. Based on
archeological and linguistic research, these human remains and
associated funerary objects may likely represent Penutian-speaking
Coast Miwok inhabitants of Marin County, CA. Consultation with
representatives of the Indians of Graton Rancheria of California
confirms that these human remains and associated funerary objects are
affiliated with the Coast Miwok represented by the Indians of the
Graton Rancheria of California.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of CALTRANS
have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains
listed above represent the physical remains of a minimum of 19
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of CALTRANS also
have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 104 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 CALTRANS 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 Indians
of the Graton Rancheria of California.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Indians of the Graton
Rancheria of California. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary objects should contact Tina Biorn, California
State Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 942874 (M.S. 27),
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001, telephone (916) 653-0013, before December 5,
2001. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects
to the Indians of the Graton Rancheria of California may begin after

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that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: September 28, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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