[Federal Register: September 11, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 176)]
[Notices]               
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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 California State 
University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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 California State University, Long 
Beach, Long Beach, 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 California 
State University, Long Beach professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the 
Pechanga Reservation, California; Gabrielino/Tongva Tribe (a 
nonfederally recognized Indian group); and Juaneno/Acjachemen Tribe (a 
nonfederally recognized Indian group).
    In 1952-1953, human remains representing a minimum of 20 
individuals were removed from site CA-LAn-270, one mile north of the 
California State University campus, Los Angeles County, Long Beach, CA, 
by California State University, Long Beach staff and students under the 
direction of Ethel E. Ewing. No known individuals were identified. The 
4,141 associated funerary objects include sandstone and steatite bowls; 
mortars and pestles; a steatite effigy fragment; steatite and sandstone 
pipes; drilled stone slabs; chipped stone projectile points; stone 
knives; crescentics and other stone tools; bone artifacts including 
whistles and tubes; fragments of turtle shell and deer antlers, 
including a deer antler harpoon section; Tizon Brown pottery sherds; 
shell beads, ornaments, rings, pendants, and fish hooks; an abalone 
shell plugged with asphaltum; red ochre; and charcoal.
    Based on stylistic characteristics of the material culture 
excavated from the site, occupation of CA-LAn-270 is dated to the Late 
period, circa A.D. 1000-1520. Historical and oral historical 
information indicates that CA-LAn-270 is located in the traditional 
territory of the Gabrielino/Tongva Tribe. The language of the 
Gabrielino/Tongva Tribe is in the same language family, Takic, as the 
federally recognized Pechanga Band of the Luiseno Mission Indians of 
the Pechanga Reservation, California, and the nonfederally recognized 
Juaneno/Acjachemen Tribe. Spiritual traditions, language similarities, 
and burial practices, as established both by ethnographic records and 
oral historical information, indicate that close cultural similarities 
exist between the Gabrielino/Tongva Tribe; Juano/Acjachemen Tribe; and 
Pechanga Band of the Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pechanga 
Reservation, California.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of California 
State University, Long Beach have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 
10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical 
remains of 20 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of 
California State University, Long Beach also have determined that, 
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 4,141 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 California State University, Long Beach 
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 Pechanga Band of the Luiseno Mission Indians of the 
Pechanga Reservation, California.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Gabrielino/Tongva 
Tribe (a nonfederally recognized Indian group); Juaneno Acjachemen 
Tribe (a non-federally recognized Indian group); Luiseno Intertribal 
NAGPRA Coalition; La Jolla Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the La 
Jolla Reservation, California; Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of 
the Pala Reservation, California; Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians 
of the Pauma and Yuima Reservation, California; Pechanga Band of the 
Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pechanga Reservation, California; Rincon 
Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Rincon Reservation, California; 
San Luis Rey Band of Luiseno Indians (a nonfederally recognized Indian 
group); and Soboba

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Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Soboba Reservation, California. 
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact Keith Ian Polakoff, Associate Vice President for 
Academic Affairs, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 
CA 90840-0118, telephone (562) 985-4128 before October 11, 2002. 
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to 
the Luiseno Intertribal NAGPRA Coalition, representing the Pechanga 
Band of the Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pechanga Reservation, 
California may begin after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.

    Dated: August 6, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-23024 Filed 9-10-02; 8:45 am]
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