FR Doc 2010-27920[Federal Register: November 5, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 214)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Anthropological Studies Center, 
Archaeological Collections Facility, Sonoma State University, Rohnert 
Park, 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 possession and control of the Anthropological Studies 
Center, Archaeological Collections Facility, Sonoma State University, 
Rohnert Park, CA. The human remains and associated funerary objects 
were removed from Yolo 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 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 the 
Anthropological Studies Center professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Cortina Indian Rancheria of Wintun Indians of 
California and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, California (formerly the 
Rumsey Indian Rancheria of Wintun Indians of California).

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    In 1983, human remains representing a minimum of two individuals 
were removed from CA-YOL-139, in Yolo County, CA, during an 
archeological site boundary testing project conducted by California 
Archaeological Consultants (Tremaine, Origer and Fredrickson 1986). No 
known individuals were identified. The 555 associated funerary objects 
are 8 obsidian tools, 183 obsidian flakes, 30 chert flakes, 4 basalt 
flakes, 1 basalt tool, 317 non-human bone fragments, 1 abalone shell 
fragment, 2 ash/soil samples, 1 groundstone, 1 quartz chunk, 3 abalone 
pendants and 4 olivella beads.
    One of the burials identified was associated with an ash feature 
that was dated by C14 to 170 yrs BP  60 
(Bramlette and Fredrickson 1987:113). This collection, curated under 
the accession number 83-08, represents results of the excavation of CA-
YOL-139, near the town of Knoxville, Yolo County, CA. The collection 
has been housed at the Anthropological Studies Center since it was 
accessioned in 1983.
    In the fall of 1984 and summer of 1985, human remains representing 
a minium of 14 individuals were removed from CA-YOL-139, Yolo County, 
CA, during a joint effort between Sonoma State University and Santa 
Rosa Junior College under the direction of David A. Fredrickson and 
Thomas M. Origer. The site was excavated by three consecutive 
archeological field schools directed by Tom Origer and Project 
Coordinator Kim Tremaine. Four burials were encountered during this 
excavation, but since all were located within units outside the area of 
potential effect, the excavation was halted, and the units were 
refilled immediately without removing the human remains. However, 
disassociated human bones contained within the site's matrix, 
representing these 14 individuals, were identified during laboratory 
analysis and subsequent NAGPRA inventory by an osteological technician. 
No known individuals were identified. The 54 associated funerary 
objects are 20 obsidian tools, 1 chert tool, 3 groundstones, 2 steatite 
beads, 1 abalone pendant, 2 clamshell disk beads, 23 olivella beads and 
2 steatite pipes.
    This collection, curated under accession number 84-19, represents 
results of the excavation of CA-YOL-139, near the town of Knoxville, 
Yolo County, CA. The collection has been housed at the Anthropological 
Studies Center since it was accessioned in 1984.
    Ethnographic and historic evidence indicates CA-YOL-139 is located 
within the traditional Wintun (Patwin) territory. Cultural affiliation 
has been determined based on archeological evidence, long-term 
occupation, continuity of cultural materials, ethnographic accounts and 
consultation with the representatives for the Cortina Indian Rancheria 
of Wintun Indians of California and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, 
California.
    Officials of the Anthropological Studies Center, Archaeological 
Collections Facility, Sonoma State University, have determined, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described above 
represent the physical remains of 16 individuals of Native American 
ancestry. Officials of the Anthropological Studies Center, 
Archaeological Collections Facility, Sonoma State University, also have 
determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 609 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 the Anthropological 
Studies Center, Archaeological Collections Facility, Sonoma State 
University, have determined, 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 Cortina Indian Rancheria of Wintun Indians of 
California and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, California.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Erica Gibson, NAGPRA Coordinator, 
Anthropological Studies Center, Archaeological Collections Facility, 
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 24928, telephone (707) 664-
2015, before December 6, 2010. Repatriation of the human remains and 
associated funerary objects to the Cortina Indian Rancheria of Wintun 
Indians of California and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, California, may 
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Anthropological Studies Center, Archaeological Collections 
Facility, Sonoma State University, is responsible for notifying the 
Cortina Indian Rancheria of Wintun Indians of California and the Yocha 
Dehe Wintun Nation, California, that this notice has been published.

    Dated: October 29, 2010.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
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