[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 247 (Friday, December 23, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 80393-80394]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-32963]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Field Museum of Natural History, 
Chicago, IL

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Field Museum of Natural History has completed an inventory 
of human remains and associated funerary objects, in consultation with 
the appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined that there is a 
cultural affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary 
objects and present-day Indian tribes. Representatives of any Indian 
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human 
remains and associated funerary objects may contact the Field Museum of 
Natural History. Repatriation of the human remains and associated 
funerary objects to the Indian tribes stated below may occur if no 
additional claimants come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact the Field Museum of Natural

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History at the address below by January 23, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Helen Robbins, Repatriation Director, Field Museum of 
Natural History, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2496, 
telephone (312) 665-7317.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 of the Field Museum of 
Natural History, Chicago, IL (Field Museum). The human remains and 
associated funerary objects were removed from Fresno, Kings, and Madera 
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 and associated funerary objects. The National 
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Field 
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa 
Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Table 
Mountain Rancheria of California; and the Tule River Indian Tribe of 
the Tule River Reservation, California (hereinafter referred to as 
``The Tribes'').

History and Description of the Remains

    In March 1901, human remains representing, at minimum, six 
individuals (catalog numbers 42707- 42709, 42713) were removed from 
unknown locations in Squaw Valley, near Sanger in Fresno County, CA, by 
John Hudson. No known individuals were identified. The two associated 
funerary objects are a child's basket (catalog number 70830) and an 
abalone shell comprised of one larger piece of shell and its fragments.
    On an unknown date in 1901, human remains representing, at minimum, 
three individuals (catalog numbers 42710-42712) were removed from 
unknown locations in Hanford, Kings County and Raymond, Madera County, 
CA, by Mr. Hudson. No known individuals were identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    These human remains have been identified as Native American based 
on the specific cultural and geographic attribution in Field Museum 
records. The records identify the human remains as ``Mariposan'' or 
``Yokuts'' from Sanger, Hanford and Raymond, CA. ``Yokuts'' descendents 
in California are represented by The Tribes.

Determinations Made by the Field Museum of Natural History

    Officials of the Field Museum have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9), the human remains 
described above represent the physical remains of nine individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the two 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.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between these 
Native American human remains and The Tribes.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated 
funerary objects should contact Helen Robbins, Repatriation Director, 
Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, 
IL 60605-2496, telephone (312) 665-7317, before January 23, 2012. 
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to 
The Tribes may begin after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Field Museum of Natural History is responsible for notifying 
The Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: December 20, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-32963 Filed 12-22-11; 8:45 am]
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