[Federal Register: April 14, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 71)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Fresno County, 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 County,
CA in the possession of the University of California-Fresno, Fresno,
CA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University
of California-Fresno professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa
Rancheria.
    In 1966 and 1972, human remains representing eight individuals were
recovered from the Burrel Barn site (CA-FRE-386), Fresno County, CA
during excavations conducted by the Fresno State College Archaeological
Field Class under the supervision of Dr. William Beatty. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects were
present.
    Based on archeological investigations, the Burrel Barn site has
been identified as a large village site along the Fresno Slough, about
20 miles southwest of Fresno, CA. Based on cultural material and burial
locations withing the village, these human remains have been identified
as Native American. Based on the degree of preservation and the
cultural material at the Burrel Barn site, the human remains have been
determined to date from the late precontact period (post-1500 A.D.).
Archeological evidence in this area indicates continuity of material
culture and occupation from precontact times into the historic period.
Early Yokuts

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people are presumed to have occupied the San Joaquin Valley between
1000-500 B.C., with continued occupation into the historic period.
Historic documents, ethnographic accounts, and oral history indicate
occupation and used of this area Since the late precontact period by
Tachi Yokuts peoples, now known as and represented by the Santa Rosa
Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria.
    In 1972, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from site CA-FRE-495, Fresno County, CA during excavations conducted by
Fresno State College Archaeological Field Class under the supervision
of Dr. William Beatty. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects were present.
    Based on archeological investigations, site CA-FRE-495 has been
identified as a recently leveled habitation mound along the Fresno
Slough, about 19 miles southwest of Fresno, CA. Based on cultural
material and burial locations withing the village, these human remains
have been identified as Native American. Based on the degree of
preservation and the cultural material at site CA-FRE-495, the human
remains have been determined to date from the late precontact period
(post-1500 A.D.). Archeological evidence in this area indicates
continuity of material culture and occupation from precontact times
into the historic period. Early Yokuts people are presumed to have
occupied the San Joaquin Valley between 1000-500 B.C., with continued
occupation into the historic period. Historic documents, ethnographic
accounts, and oral history indicate occupation and used of this area
Since the late precontact period by Tachi Yokuts peoples, now known as
and represented by the Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa
Rancheria.
    In 1972, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from site CA-FRE-528, Fresno County, CA during a field survey by Fresno
State College staff. No known individual was identified. No associated
funerary objects were present.
    Based on archeological investigations, site CA-FRE-528 has been
identified as a low mound within a recently plowed agricultural field
along Fresno Slough about 16 miles southwest of Fresno, CA. Based on
degree of preservation and cultural material recovered at site CA-FRE-
528, these human remains have been identified as Native American and
have been determined to date from the late precontact period (post-1500
A.D.). Archeological evidence in this area indicates continuity of
material culture and occupation from precontact times into the historic
period. Early Yokuts people are presumed to have occupied the San
Joaquin Valley between 1000-500 B.C., with continued occupation into
the historic period. Historic documents, ethnographic accounts, and
oral history indicate occupation and used of this area Since the late
precontact period by Tachi Yokuts peoples, now known as and represented
by the Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of California-Fresno have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of approximately ten individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the University of California-Fresno have also 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 May 14, 1999. 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: April 8, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-9328 Filed 4-13-99; 8:45 am]
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