FR Doc 04-28006
[Federal Register: December 22, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 245)]
[Notices]               
[Page 76776-76777]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Forest Service, Lassen National Forest, Susanville, CA, and Phoebe A. 
Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 
Berkeley, 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 control of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest 
Service, Lassen National Forest, Susanville, CA, and in the physical 
custody of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of 
California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. The human remains and associated 
funerary objects were removed from Tehama 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

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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 Lassen 
National Forest professional staff in consultation with representatives 
of the Pit River Tribe, California; and Redding Rancheria, California.
    In 1952 and 1953, human remains representing a minimum of 59 
individuals were removed from Kingsley Cave (CA-Teh-1), 
Tehama County, CA. Kingsley Cave is a habitation site on an unmarked 
tributary of Mill Creek. The site was excavated by University of 
California, Berkeley staff under the direction of M.A. Baumhoff. No 
known individuals were identified. The 405 associated funerary objects 
are 1 shell ornament, 1 shell, 319 clamshell beads, 43 olivella shell 
beads, 1 stone bead, 5 pine nut beads, 2 glass beads, 7 stone 
projectile points and projectile point fragments, 3 stone scrapers, 1 
pestle, 1 abalone shell, 3 bone tool fragments, 1 cordage fragment, 15 
fragments of organic material, and 2 lots of animal bone.
    Based on characteristics of the human remains and associated 
funerary objects, and the presence of two glass beads, the human 
remains are dated to the proto-historic and historic periods, and 
to a lesser extent from the late prehistoric period.
    In 1956, human remains representing a minimum of three individuals 
were removed from Payne Cave (CA-Teh-193), Tehama County, CA. 
The human remains were removed during authorized excavations by the 
University of California Archaeological Survey. No known individuals 
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on characteristics of non-funerary objects removed 
during the excavations, the human remains are dated to the 
proto-historic and historic periods.
    Based on physical characteristics of the human remains, manner of 
burial, and the nature of the associated funerary objects, the human 
remains are determined to be Native American. Ethnographic and 
historical accounts indicate that both caves are located in areas 
associated with the Yana people during the late prehistoric and 
historic periods. The present-day descendents of the Yana people 
are the Pit River Tribe, California; and Redding Rancheria, California.
    Officials of Lassen National Forest have determined that, pursuant 
to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above 
represent the physical remains of at least 62 individuals of Native 
American ancestry. Officials of Lassen National Forest also have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the 405 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 Lassen National Forest 
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 Pit River Tribe, California; and Redding Rancheria, 
California.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Laurie Tippin, Forest Supervisor, Lassen 
National Forest, Susanville, CA 96130, telephone (530) 257-2151, 
before January 21, 2005. Repatriation of the human remains and 
associated funerary objects to the Pit River Tribe, California; and 
Redding Rancheria, California, may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The Lassen National Forest is responsible for notifying the Pit 
River Tribe, California; and Redding Rancheria, California, that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: November 2, 2004
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 04-28006 Filed 12-21-04; 8:45 am]

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