FR Doc E7-18663
[Federal Register: September 21, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 183)]
[Notices]               
[Page 54066-54067]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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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 Contra Costa and San 
Joaquin Counties, 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 Jackson 
Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of 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, California; and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk 
Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California. The Buena Vista 
Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; California Valley Miwok 
Tribe, California (formerly the Sheep Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians 
of California); Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of 
California; Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California; Shingle Springs 
Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs Rancheria (Verona Tract), 
California; and Susanville Indian Rancheria, California were contacted, 
but did not choose to participate in the consultations.
    In 1933, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from an undetermined site in Stockton, San Joaquin Valley, 
San Joaquin County, CA. The museum has no additional information 
regarding the removal and museum's acquisition of the human remains. No 
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    In 1939, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were removed from an undetermined site twenty feet from the water's 
edge-most likely the San Pablo Bay-in Richmond, Contra Costa County, 
CA, by Mr. J.E. Peterson. The human remains were donated by Mr. J.E. 
Peterson to the Southwest Museum on April 23, 1939. No known individual 
was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The geographic locations described above lie within Yokut or Miwok 
territories. Archeologists believe that the Penutian-speaking Yokut and 
Miwok descend from the Windmiller people who occupied the Central 
Valley of California nearly 4,000 years ago. The history of California 
rancherias in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada foothill regions of 
California shows that these Windmiller descendants ultimately dispersed 
to the federally recognized Yokut and Miwok rancherias. The tribes that 
have a shared group identity with the Yokut and Miwok are Berry Creek 
Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-
Wuk Indians of California; California Valley Miwok Tribe, California; 
Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; Enterprise 
Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Greenville

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Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Ione Band of Miwok Indians of 
California; Jackson Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; 
Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Santa Rosa Indian 
Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Shingle Springs Band 
of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs Rancheria (Verona Tract), California; 
Susanville Indian Rancheria, California; Table Mountain Rancheria of 
California; Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, 
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 two 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 Berry Creek Rancheria 
of Maidu Indians of California; Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians 
of California; California Valley Miwok Tribe, California; Chicken Ranch 
Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; Enterprise Rancheria of 
Maidu Indians of California; Greenville Rancheria of Maidu Indians of 
California; Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California; Jackson Rancheria 
of Me-Wuk Indians of California; Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians 
of California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, 
California; Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs 
Rancheria (Verona Tract), California; Susanville Indian Rancheria, 
California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian 
Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, 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 Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians 
of California; Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; 
California Valley Miwok Tribe, California; Chicken Ranch Rancheria of 
Me-Wuk Indians of California; Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians of 
California; Greenville Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California; Ione 
Band of Miwok Indians of California; Jackson Rancheria of Me-Wuk 
Indians of California; Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of 
California; Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, 
California; Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs 
Rancheria (Verona Tract), California; Susanville Indian Rancheria, 
California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River Indian 
Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, 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. E7-18663 Filed 9-20-07; 8:45 am]

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