[Federal Register: September 24, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 185)]
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[Page 51785]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and an Associated Funerary Object from Dry Lagoon State Park, CA in the
Possession of the Anthropological Studies Center, Archeological
Collections Facility, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA; and in
the Control of the California Department of Parks and Recreation,
Sacramento, 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 and an associated
funerary object in the possession of the Anthropological Studies Center
(ASC), Archeological Collections Facility (ACF), Sonoma State
University, Rohnert Park, CA; and in the control of the California
Department of Parks and Recreation, Sacramento, CA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by ASC and
California Department of Parks and Recreation professional staff in
consultation with representatives of the Yurok Tribe of California.
    In 1976, human remains representing four individuals were recovered
from site CA-HUM-129 in Stone Lagoon, Dry Lagoon State Park, CA during
salvage excavations conducted for bluff stabilization by Dr. David A.
Fredrickson, Sonoma State University. These human remains were
accessioned into the collections of the Archaeological Colletions
Facility at Sonoma State University. No known individuals were
identified. The one associated funerary object is an acorn.
    In 1978, human remains representing five individuals were recovered
from site CA-HUM-129 in Stone Lagoon, Dry Lagoon State Park, CA during
salvage excavations conducted for bluff stabilization by Dr. David A.
Fredrickson, Sonoma State University. These human remains were
accessioned into the collections of the Archaeological Collections
Facility at Sonoma State University. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects were present.
    Based on material culture and C14 dates, these human remains have
been identified as Native American dating to between 1490 and 215 B.P.
Geographical, ethnographical, linguistic, and historical evidence
indicates that this archeological site is located within the
traditional Coast Yurok territory. Based on archeological evidence,
continuity of occupation, ethnographic accounts, and consultation with
representatives of the Yurok Tribe of California, site CA-HUM-129 has
been affiliated with the present-day Yurok Tribe of California.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of Somoma State
University and the California Department of Parks and Recreation have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains
listed above represent the physical remains of nine individuals of
Native American ancestry. Officials of Somoma State University and the
California Department of Parks and Recreation have also determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the one object listed 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. Lastly, officials of Somoma State University and the
California Department of Parks and Recreation 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 associated funerary object and the Yurok Tribe of
California.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Yurok Tribe of
California. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and
associated funerary objects should contact Paulette Hennum, NAGPRA
Coordinator, California Department of Parks and Recreation, 1416- 9th
Street, Room 1431, Sacramento, CA 95814; telephone: (916) 653-7976,
before October 25, 1999. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary object to the Yurok Tribe of California may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: September 14, 1999.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-24857 Filed 9-23-99; 8:45 am]
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