FR Doc E7-18661
[Federal Register: September 21, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 183)]
[Notices]               
[Page 54065-54066]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Southwest Museum of the American 
Indian, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, 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 in the control of the 
Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Autry National Center, Los 
Angeles, CA. The human remains were removed from Los Angeles 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. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the 
Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Autry National Center 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the San 
Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians of the San Manuel Reservation, 
California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, 
California (also known as the Tachi Yokut Tribe); Table Mountain 
Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River 
Reservation of California; and

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Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of 
California.
    In 1938, human remains representing a minimum of three individuals 
were removed from an unknown site near Lancaster, Antelope Valley, Los 
Angeles County, CA, by the Sheriff's Office in Newhall, CA. The 
Sheriff's Office turned the human remains over to the Coroner's Office. 
The human remains were donated to the museum by Frank A. Nance, of the 
Coroner's Office in Los Angeles, CA. No known individuals were 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on archeological analysis, the individuals have been 
identified as Native American, but the age is unknown. Consultation 
with a representative of the Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa 
Rosa Rancheria, California, confirmed that the provenience of the human 
remains is consistent with that of other discoveries of indigenous 
remains in the area. Geographical and historical evidence indicates 
that the sites are located within the traditional territory of the 
Southern Valley Yokuts and the Serrano people. Descendants of the 
Southern Valley Yokuts and the Serrano people are members of the San 
Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians of the San Manuel Reservation, 
California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, 
California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian 
Tribe of the Tule River Reservation of California; and Tuolumne Band of 
Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California.
    Officials of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Autry 
National Center have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-
10), the human remains described above represent the physical remains 
of three individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the 
Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Autry National Center also 
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 the San Manuel Band of 
Serrano Mission Indians of the San Manuel Reservation, California; 
Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; 
Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the 
Tule River Reservation of California; and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk 
Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Duane H. 
King, Ph.D., Executive Director, or LaLena Lewark, Senior NAGPRA 
Coordinator, Southwest Museum of the American Indian, 234 Museum Drive, 
Los Angeles, CA 90065, (323) 221-2164, extension 241, before October 
22, 2007. Repatriation of the human remains to the Santa Rosa Indian 
Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Autry National Center, 
is responsible for notifying the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission 
Indians of the San Manuel Reservation, California; Santa Rosa Indian 
Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Table Mountain 
Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River 
Reservation of California; and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the 
Tuolumne Rancheria of California that this notice has been published.

    Dated: August 30, 2007
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E7-18661 Filed 9-20-07; 8:45 am]

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