[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 63 (Monday, April 2, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19690-19691]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office 
[www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7891]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: California Department of Parks and 
Recreation, Sacramento, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The California Department of Parks and Recreation has completed an 
inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian 
tribes, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the 
human remains and present-day Indian tribes. Representatives of any Indian 
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains 
may contact the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Repatriation 
of the human remains to the Indian tribes

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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 should contact the California Department of Parks 
and Recreation at the address below by May 2, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Rebecca Carruthers, NAGPRA Coordinator, California Department of 
Parks and Recreation, 1416 9th Street, Room 902, Sacramento, CA 95814, 
telephone (916) 653-8893.

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 under the control of the 
California Department of Parks and Recreation. The human remains were removed 
from three sites located in San Diego 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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the California 
Department of Parks and Recreation professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Campo Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Campo 
Indian Reservation, California; Capitan Grande Band of Diegueno Mission 
Indians of California: Barona Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians 
of the Barona Reservation, California, and Viejas (Baron Long) Group of 
Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Viejas Reservation, California; 
Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians, California; Iipay Nation of Santa 
Ysabel, California (formerly the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission 
Indians of the Santa Ysabel Reservation); Inaja Band of Diegueno Mission 
Indians of the Inaja and Cosmit Reservation, California; Jamul Indian Village 
of California; La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the La Posta 
Indian Reservation, California; Manzanita Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of 
the Manzanita Reservation, California; Mesa Grande Band of Diegueno Mission 
Indians of the Mesa Grande Reservation, California; San Pasqual Band of 
Diegueno Mission Indians of California; and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay 
Nation (hereafter referred to as ``The Tribes'').

History and description of the remains

    The human remains were removed from three sites located in San Diego 
County, CA. The geographical location of these three sites indicates that the 
human remains were recovered within the historically documented territory of 
the Kumeyaay. The traditional territory of the Kumeyaay includes a 
significant portion of present-day San Diego County up to the Aqua Hedionda 
area and inland along the San Felipe Creek (just south of Borrego Springs). 
Bound to the east by the Sand Hills in Imperial County and includes the 
southern end of the Salton Basin and all of the Chocolate Mountains, the 
territory extends southward to Todos Santos Bay, Laguna Salada and along the 
New River in northern Baja California. The central and southern portions of 
Anza Borrego Desert State Park lie within the traditional territory of the 
Kumeyaay.
    In 1975, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual were 
removed from site CA-SDI-4010 (McCallister) in San Diego County, CA, by the 
Archaeological Survey Association. No known individual was identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present. The age of the human remains is 
unknown.
    At an unknown date prior to 1977, cremated human remains representing, at 
minimum, one individual were removed from an unidentified site within the 
Mason Valley area of Anza Borrego Desert State Park. The human remains were 
donated by Lloyd T. Findley to the Colorado Desert District of the California 
Department of Parks and Recreation in 1977. No known individual was 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present. The age of the human 
remains is unknown.
    At an unknown date, cremated human remains representing, at minimum, one 
individual were removed from an unidentified site in Ocotillo, CA. The human 
remains were collected by Chester Qualey who reported the remains as being 
``strewn across desert from cremation vessel in disturbed area.'' No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. The 
age of the human remains is unknown.
    The human remains listed above were stored at facilities within the 
Colorado Desert District of the California Department of Parks and Recreation 
until an inventory effort was begun in 2004. Since then, the remains have 
been stored at the Bigole Archaeological Research Center (BARC-2) in Borrego 
Springs, CA.

Determinations made by the California Department of Parks and Recreation

    Officials of the California Department of Parks and Recreation have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this 
notice represent the physical remains of three individuals of Native American 
ancestry.
     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 Tribes.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally 
affiliated with the human remains should contact Rebecca Carruthers, NAGPRA 
Coordinator, California Department of Parks and Recreation, 1416 9th Street, 
Room 902, telephone (916) 653-8893, before May 2, 2012. Repatriation of the 
human remains to The Tribes may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward.
    The California Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for 
notifying The Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: March 28, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-7891 Filed 3-30-12; 8:45 am]
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