[Federal Register: August 14, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 157)]
[Notices]
[Page 43719]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Fresno and King Counties, CA in the Possession of California State
University-Fresno, Fresno, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains from Fresno and King
Counties, CA in the possession of California State University-Fresno,
Fresno, CA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by California
State University-Fresno professional staff in consultation with
representatives of Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa
Rancheria.
    In 1950 and 1963, human remains representing seven individuals were
recovered from sites CA-FRE-511 and CA-FRE-531, Fresno County, CA
during excavations by the Fresno State College Archaeological Field
Class under the supervision of Dr. William Beatty. No known individuals
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on the material culture recovered, sites CA-FRE-511 and CA-
FRE-531 have been identified as village locations atop low mounds in
the Fresno Slough dating to the late precontact period (post-1500
A.D.). Based on cultural material and burial locations within the
villages, these human remains have been determined to be Native
American. Based on the degree of preservation and cultural material at
the site, these human remains have been determined to be from the late
precontact period (post-1500 A.D.). Archeological evidence in this area
indicates continuity of material culture from precontact times into the
historic period. Early Yokuts people are presumed to have occupied the
San Joaquin Valley and Central Sierran Foothills between 1000-500 B.C.,
with continued occupation into the historic period. Historic documents,
ethnographic accounts, and oral history indicate occupation and use of
this area since the late precontact period by Tachi Yokuts peoples, now
represented by Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria.
    In 1972, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from site CA-FRE-745, Fresno County, CA during a field survey by Fresno
State College staff. No known individual was identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    Based on the material culture recovered at this site, CA-FRE-745
has been identified as a middle to late precontact site (1500 B.C.-1500
A.D.). Archeological evidence from this area indicates a continuity of
material culture from the middle through late precontact times and into
the historic period. Early Yokuts people are presumed to have occupied
the San Joaquin Valley and Central Sierran Foothills between 1000-500
B.C., with continued occupation into the historic period. Historic
documents, ethnographic accounts, and oral history indicate occupation
and use of this area since the late precontact period by Tachi Yokuts
peoples, now represented by Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa
Rosa Rancheria.
    In 1975, human remains representing nine individuals were recovered
from site CA-KIN-43 King County, CA during salvage excavations
conducted by California State University-Fresno staff. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Based on material culture of this site, CA-KIN-43 has been
determined to be a mound occupation site dating to the middle and
possibly late precontact period (1500 B.C.-1500 A.D.). Archeological
evidence from this area indicates a continuity of material culture from
the middle through late precontact times and into the historic period.
Early Yokuts people are presumed to have occupied the San Joaquin
Valley and Central Sierran Foothills between 1000-500 B.C., with
continued occupation into the historic period. Historic documents,
ethnographic accounts, and oral history indicate occupation and use of
this area since the late precontact period by Tachi Yokuts peoples, now
represented by Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
California State University-Fresno have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of seventeen individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials
of the California State University-Fresno have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group
identity which can be reasonably traced between these Native American
human remains and the Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa
Rancheria.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Santa Rosa Indian
Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains should contact Professor Roger LaJeunesse,
Department of Anthropology, California State University-Fresno, 5245
North Backer Avenue, Fresno, CA 93740-0016; telephone: (209) 278-4900,
before September 14, 1998. Repatriation of the human remains to the
Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: August 7, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-21887 Filed 8-13-98; 8:45 am]
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