[Federal Register: October 9, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 195)]
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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 U.S.
Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Yosemite National
Park, Yosemite, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American

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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 U.S. Department of the Interior,
National Park Service, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite, 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
National Park Service unit that has control or possession of these
Native American human remains. The Assistant Director, Cultural
Resources Stewardship and Partnerships is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    A detailed inventory and assessment of the human remains and
associated funerary objects has been made by professional staff of the
National Park Service in consultation with lineal descendants and
representatives of Bridgeport Paiute Indian Colony of California and
the Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Bishop Community of the Bishop
Colony, California. The National Park Service also consulted with
representatives of American Indian Council of Mariposa County and the
Mono Lake Indian Community, two non-Federally recognized Indian groups.
    In 1954, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from a site in the Yosemite Valley during legally authorized
excavations. The human remains consist of four teeth: one molar, one
premolar, and two incisors. The rest of the human remains were left in
place at the time of excavation. The 176 associated funerary objects
are 1 U.S. half dollar coin dated 1870, 8 buttons, 2 metal thimbles (1
containing what appears to be bird feathers and skin), 1 metal tobacco
container lid, 26 iron nails, 4 fragments of a Japanese Kutani
porcelain plate, 7 fragments from a lead jar seal, 1 pair of ladies
scissors, 1 padlock, 10 pieces of red ochre, 8 haliotis sp. necklace
pendants, 1 shell bead, 5 shell fragments, 9 obsidian tool fragments,
73 pieces of obsidian debitage, 1 piece of green glass with possible
edge modification, 5 unidentified ungulate long bones, 2 pebbles, 7
stones, and 4 rocks. An unknown number of wood and charcoal fragments
were also recovered.
    Consultations with Native American representatives at the time of
the excavation identified the human remains as those of Kosano, also
known as Joaquin Sam, a northern Paiute from either the Bridgeport or
Mono Lake communities. Kosano is known to have died in the Yosemite
Valley and was buried around 1875. Subsequent consultation has
identified several individuals who can trace their ancestry directly
and without interruption to Kosano, including Paul Williams (great
grandson), Elaine Lundy (great granddaughter), and Janice Lundy Mendez
(great-great granddaughter).
    Based on the above mentioned information, the superintendent of
Yosemite National Park has determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of one individual of Native American ancestry. The superintendent of
Yosemite National Park also has determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(2), the 176 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 a death rite or ceremony. Lastly, the
superintendent of Yosemite National Park has determined that, pursuant
to 43 CFR 10.2 (b)(1), Paul Williams, Elaine Lundy, and Janice Lundy
Mendez can trace their ancestry directly and without interruption by
means of the traditional kinship system of the Paiute people to Kosano.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Bridgeport Paiute
Indian Colony of California and the Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the
Bishop Community of the Bishop Colony, California. The notice has also
been sent to officials of the American Indian Council of Mariposa
County and the Mono Lake Indian Community, two non-Federally recognized
Indian groups. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and
associated funerary objects should contact David A. Mihalic,
Superintendent, Yosemite National Park, P.O. Box 577, Yosemite, CA
95389, telephone (209) 372-0201, before November 8, 2001. Repatriation
of the human remains and associated funerary objects to Paul Williams,
Elaine Lundy, and Janice Lundy Mendez may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: July 9, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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