[Federal Register: October 24, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 206)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the Bureau of Land
Management, California State Office, Sacramento, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Bureau of Land Management,
California State Office, Sacramento, CA.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Bureau of
Land Management and San Diego Museum of Man professional staff in
consultation with representatives of Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation
Committee, authorized representative of the Campo Band of Diegueno
Mission Indians of the Campo Reservation, the Capitan Grande Band of
Diegueno Mission Indians of California, the Barona Group of Capitan
Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Barona Reservation, the Viejas
(Baron Long) Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the
Viejas Reservation, the Cuyapaipe Community of Diegueno Mission Indians
of the Cuyapaipe Reservation, the Inaja Band of Diegueno Mission
Indians of the Inaja and Cosmit Reservation, the La Posta Band of
Diegueno Mission Indians of the La Posta Reservation, the Manzanita
Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Manzanita Reservation, the
Jamul Indian Village, the Mesa Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians
of the Mesa Grande Reservation, the San Pasqual Band of Diegueno
Mission Indians of California, the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno
Mission Indians of the Santa Ysabel Reservation, and the Sycuan Band of
Diegueno Mission Indians of California.
    In 1931, human remains representing one individual were removed
from site C-5, located on the shoreline of the ancient Blake Sea,
Imperial County, CA, during legally authorized excavations conducted by
the San Diego Museum of Man. No known individual was identified. The
four associated funerary objects are a mano, a fragmentary flaked stone
knife, and utilized stone flakes.
    During the mid-1920's, human remains representing three individuals
were removed from site C-11, located on the shoreline of the ancient
Blake Sea, Imperial County, CA, during legally authorized excavations
conducted by the San Diego Museum of Man. No known individuals were
identified. The 58 associated funerary objects are shell beads, arrow
points, scrapers, and flakes.
    During the mid-1920's, human remains representing one individual
were removed from site C-12, located on the shoreline of the ancient
Blake Sea, Imperial County, CA, during legally authorized excavations
conducted by the San Diego Museum of Man. No known individual was
identified. The 11 associated, funerary objects are shell beads, a man,
pottery shards, a burned

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mammal bone fragment, and stone flakes.
    During the mid-1920's, human remains representing three individuals
were removed from site C-13, located on the shoreline of the ancient
Blake Sea, Imperial County, CA, during legally authorized excavations
conducted by the San Diego Museum of Man. No known individuals were
identified. The 20 associated funerary objects are pottery sherds,
olivella beads, a clamshell bead, clamshell fragments, and a projectile
point.
    During the mid-1920's, human remains representing five individuals
were removed from site C-79, located on the shoreline of the ancient
Blake Sea, Imperial County, CA, during legally authorized excavations
conducted by the San Diego Museum of Man. No known individuals were
identified. The 455 associated funerary objects are arrow points,
olivella beads, pottery sherds, a bone awl, manos, a hammerstone,
cores, a scraper, an arrow straightener, an abrader, an antler tip, and
a cobble.
    During the mid-1920's, human remains representing one individual
were recovered from site C-103, west Imperial County, CA, during
legally authorized excavations conducted by the San Diego Museum of
Man. No known individual was identified. The six associated funerary
objects are a cardium pendant, olivella beads, a conus shell fragment,
an arrow point, and a bone awl.
    During the mid-1920's, human remains representing three individuals
were removed from site C-123, located in East San Felipe Valley,
Imperial County, CA, during legally authorized excavations conducted by
the San Diego Museum of Man. No known individuals were identified. The
46 associated funerary objects are pottery sherds, a pottery vessel,
arrow points, a stone knife fragment, flakes, a mammal bone fragment, a
Haliotis shell pendant, olivella beads, a turitella shell fragment,
cardium shell fragments, a bone tool, burnt wood, and unidentified
material.
    In 1924, human remains representing two individuals were removed
from site C-124, Harpers Well, Imperial County, CA, during legally
authorized excavations conducted by the San Diego Museum of Man. No
known individuals were identified. The 41 associated funerary objects
are pottery vessels, pottery sherds, olivella beads, a fragmentary
pipe, a pottery ladle, and charcoal fragments.
    In 1924, human remains representing two individuals were removed
from site C-129, Harper's Well, Imperial County, CA, during legally
authorized excavations conducted by the San Diego Museum of Man. No
known individuals were identified. The three associated funerary
objects are a pottery cup, a pottery bowl, and a pottery plate.
    During the 1920's, human remains representing one individual were
recovered from site C-139, Yaqui Well, Imperial County, CA, during
legally authorized excavations conducted by the San Diego Museum of
Man. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects
are present.
    In 1927, human remains representing six individuals were removed
from site C-140, Grapevine Canyon, Imperial County, CA, during legally
authorized excavations conducted by the San Diego Museum of Man. No
known individuals were identified. The 317 associated funerary objects
are olivella beads, a mass of melted glass beads, a pottery dish,
pottery vessels, pottery sherds, tobacco pipes, clamshell fragments, a
bone tool, animal bone fragments, arrow points, a pestle, stone flakes,
an iron knife fragment, and a tourmaline crystal.
    In 1926 and 1929, human remains representing two individuals were
removed from site C-141 located near Angelin Hill, Imperial County, CA,
during legally authorized excavations conducted by the San Diego Museum
of Man. No known individuals were identified. The 43 associated
funerary objects are pottery vessels, pottery sherds, and stone
scrapers.
    In 1929, human remains representing one individual were removed
from site C-141-1-A, Stuart Spring, Imperial County, CA, during legally
authorized excavations conducted by the San Diego Museum of Man. No
known individuals were identified. The one associated funerary objects
is a pottery vessel.
    In 1931, human remains representing one individual were removed
from site C-142, near San Felipe, Imperial County, CA, during legally
authorized excavations conducted by the San Diego Museum of Man. No
known individuals were identified. The two associated funerary objects
are a bone awl and a pottery sherd.
    In 1929 and 1932, human remains representing one individual were
removed from site C-157, eastern San Diego County, CA, during legally
authorized excavations conducted by the San Diego Museum of Man. No
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    In 1927, human remains representing two individuals were removed
from site C-160, South Pinyon Basin, Imperial County, CA, during
legally authorized excavations conducted by the San Diego Museum of
Man. No known individuals were identified. The 547 associated funerary
objects are olivella beads, arrow points, pottery sherds and vessels,
tobacco pipes, arrow straighteners, cores, flakes, a pestle, a pottery
amulet, a milling slab, bone awl, human bone pendants, shell ornaments,
shell fragment, metal knife fragments, a metal ring, a porcelain
pendant, a lump of graphite, and a sandstone grave marker.
    During the mid-1920's, human remains representing a minimum of one
individual were recovered from site C-169, located on the shoreline of
the ancient Blake Sea, Imperial County, CA, during legally authorized
excavations conducted by the San Diego Museum of Man. No known
individual was identified. The 15 associated funerary objects are
olivella beads and arrow points.
    During 1935-1936, human remains representing 15 individuals were
removed from site C-173, located at the juncture of Orifamma and
Rodriques Creeks, Imperial County, CA, during legally authorized
excavations conducted by the San Diego Museum of Man. No known
individuals were identified. The 413 associated funerary objects are
olivella shell beads, tubular clamshell beads, a shell pendant, glass
beads, a metal button, metal knife fragments, a stone arrowshaft
straightener, pottery sherds, pottery vessels, pottery smoking pipes,
stone knives and arrow points, red pigment lumps, a metate, a
hammerstone, bone awls, antler flaker, a bake clay nodule, and burnt
animal bones.
    Based on the common occurrence of brown and buff-ware pottery from
the lower Colorado River area, small projectile points, and late period
shell beads imported from the southern California coastal area, all of
the human remains and associated funerary objects from the Imperial and
San Diego counties may be dated to the late precontact period in the
Southern California Colorado Desert Sequence (BP 300--400 or less).
Based on linguistic evidence, the peoples in this area were known as
the Hokan, and are referred to in archeological literature as
``Yuman.'' A clear continuum of language and material culture exists in
this area from the late precontact period into the contact era,
supported by the presence of European items among the associated
funerary objects. Though the Diegueno and Kumeyaay native communities
of Imperial and San Diego counties were badly fragmented, they are
credited with holding the lands where the above-listed sites are
located and recognize this area as an ancestral homeland. Historic
records of Spanish and early American explorations and

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studies further support these affiliations.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Bureau
of Land Management have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of a minimum of 62 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials
of the Bureau of Land Management also have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 1,982 objects 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 the Bureau of Land Management have determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared
group identity that can be reasonably traced between these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects and the Campo
Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Campo Reservation, the Capitan
Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of California, the Barona Group
of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Barona Reservation,
the Viejas (Baron Long) Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians
of the Viejas Reservation, the Cuyapaipe Community of Diegueno Mission
Indians of the Cuyapaipe Reservation, the Inaja Band of Diegueno
Mission Indians of the Inaja and Cosmit Reservation, the La Posta Band
of Diegueno Mission Indians of the La Posta Reservation, the Manzanita
Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Manzanita Reservation, the
Jamul Indian Village, the Mesa Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians
of the Mesa Grande Reservation, the San Pasqual Band of Diegueno
Mission Indians of California, the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno
Mission Indians of the Santa Ysabel Reservation, and the Sycuan Band of
Diegueno Mission Indians of California. This notice has been sent to
officials of the Campo Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Campo
Reservation, the Capitan Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of
California, the Barona Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians
of the Barona Reservation, the Viejas (Baron Long) Group of Capitan
Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Viejas Reservation, the Cuyapaipe
Community of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Cuyapaipe Reservation, the
Inaja Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Inaja and Cosmit
Reservation, the La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the La
Posta Reservation, the Manzanita Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of
the Manzanita Reservation, the Jamul Indian Village, the Mesa Grande
Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Mesa Grande Reservation, the
San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of California, the Santa
Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Santa Ysabel
Reservation, and the Sycuan Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of
California, and the Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact Russell Kaldenberg, Archeologist, Division of
Ecosystems Sciences and Lands, California State Office, Bureau of Land
Management, 2135 Butano Drive, Sacramento, CA 95825, telephone (916)
978-4635, before November 24, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains
and associated funerary objects to the Campo Band of Diegueno Mission
Indians of the Campo Reservation, the Capitan Grande Band of Diegueno
Mission Indians of California, the Barona Group of Capitan Grande Band
of Mission Indians of the Barona Reservation, the Viejas (Baron Long)
Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Viejas
Reservation, the Cuyapaipe Community of Diegueno Mission Indians of the
Cuyapaipe Reservation, the Inaja Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of
the Inaja and Cosmit Reservation, the La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission
Indians of the La Posta Reservation, the Manzanita Band of Diegueno
Mission Indians of the Manzanita Reservation, the Jamul Indian Village,
the Mesa Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Mesa Grande
Reservation, the San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of
California, the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the
Santa Ysabel Reservation, and the Sycuan Band of Diegueno Mission
Indians of California may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: October 16, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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