[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 189 (Friday, September 28, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 59648-59649]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-23918]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-11194; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: San Francisco State University, 
NAGPRA Program, San Francisco, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The San Francisco State University NAGPRA Program has 
completed an inventory of human remains and associated funerary 
objects, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribe, and has 
determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human 
remains and associated funerary objects and a present-day Indian tribe. 
Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects may contact the San Francisco State University NAGPRA Program. 
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to 
the Indian tribe 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 San Francisco State University NAGPRA 
Program at the address below by October 29, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Jeffrey Boland Fentress, San Francisco State University 
NAGPRA Program, c/o Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State 
University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132, telephone 
(415) 338-3075.

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 San Francisco 
State University NAGPRA Program. The human remains were removed from 
Marin and Sonoma 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 and associated funerary 
objects was made by the San Francisco State University NAGPRA Program 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the 
Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, California.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1989, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from site CA-MRN-127 in Marin County, CA, by Holman and 
Associates during construction at the Marin County Civic Center. San 
Francisco State University received the collection in 2010. No known 
individuals were identified. The 56 associated funerary objects are 23 
pieces of obsidian debitage, 2 obsidian projectile points, 4 individual 
pieces and 6 lots of chert debitage, 4 pieces of quartz, 11 bone tools, 
1 pestle, 1 olivella bead, 1 trade bead, 1 lot of soil from the burial 
matrix, and 2 manuports. A radiocarbon date of A.D. 160050, 
obsidian hydration readings, and artifact typology indicate site CA-
MRN-127 contains Augustine Pattern components.
    In 1967, human remains representing, at minimum, three individuals 
were removed from site CA-MRN-365 in Marin County, CA, by San Francisco 
State University during an archaeological field class under the 
direction of Thomas F. King. No known individuals were identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present. Based on artifact typology, 
the site dates to circa 1000 B.C.-A.D 1500 and contains Berkeley to 
Augustine Pattern components.
    In 1971, human remains representing, at minimum, ten individuals 
were removed from site CA-MRN-402 in Marin County, CA, by San Francisco 
State University during an archaeological field class under the 
direction of Charles Slaymaker and Winfield Henn. No known individuals

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were identified. The 20 associated funerary objects are 1 obsidian 
tool, 7 chert tools, 6 bone tools, 3 quartz crystals, and 3 lots of 
chert and obsidian debitage. Ethnographic accounts and artifact 
typology indicated the site dates to circa A.D. 1100-1884 and contains 
Augustine Pattern components along with ethnohistoric and historic era 
materials.
    In 1997, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual 
were removed from site CA-SON-227 in Sonoma County, CA, by Origer and 
Associates in conjunction with proposed construction at Sear Point 
Raceway. San Francisco State University received the collection in 
2010. No known individuals were identified. The 15 associated funerary 
objects are 11 obsidian tools and debitage and 4 chert tools and 
debitage. Obsidian hydration readings and artifact typology indicate 
that site dates anywhere from circa A.D. 1000 to the time of European 
contact and contains Augustine Pattern components.
    Archeological evidence indicates that the Penutian-speaking proto-
Miwok people were settled in Marin and southern Sonoma counties, CA, 
circa 2000 B.C.-A.D. 1500. Ancestral Coast Miwok have been identified 
on the basis of similarities between the archeological record and 
historic material culture as early as 500 B.C. Ethnographic records 
show that the Coast Miwok occupied all of Marin County at the time of 
European contact. The ethnographic and archeological evidence, along 
with consultation with representatives of the Federated Indians of 
Graton Rancheria, California, indicates that all Native American sites 
in Marin County, CA, and site CA-SON-227 in Sonoma County, CA are 
culturally affiliated with descendants of the Coast Miwok. Descendants 
of the Coast Miwok are members of the Federated Indians of Graton 
Rancheria, California.

Determinations Made by the San Francisco State University

    Officials of the San Francisco State University NAGPRA Program have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
in this notice represent the physical remains of 15 individuals of 
Native American ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the 91 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 the Native 
American human remains and associated funerary objects and the 
Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, California.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Jeffrey Boland Fentress, San Francisco State 
University NAGPRA Program, c/o Department of Anthropology, San 
Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 
94132, telephone (415) 338-3075 before October 29, 2012. Repatriation 
of the human remains to Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, 
California, may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The San Francisco State University NAGPRA Program is responsible 
for notifying the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, California and 
the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, California that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: August 30, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-23918 Filed 9-27-12; 8:45 am]
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