FR Doc 05-19264
[Federal Register: September 27, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 186)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
Notice of Inventory Completion: University of the Pacific,
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.
Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. The human remains were removed
from San Joaquin County, CA.
This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3).
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native
American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible
for the determinations in this notice.
A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University
of the Pacific professional staff in consultation with representatives
of the Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria,
In 1964, human remains representing a minimum of one individual
were removed from the campus of University of the Pacific in San
Joaquin County, CA, by unknown persons during the construction of a
parking lot. The remains were turned over to the university
administration anonymously late in 1990, and a consultant was engaged
to conduct a forensic analysis. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
The book Archeology of the Northern San Joaquin Valley (Schenk and
Dawson, 1929) identifies a site on the campus of College of the Pacific
containing indigenous remains. Another document of unknown provenance
states that two ``graduate students in anthropology from Sacramento
State College examined the site and judged the bones to be of the Miwok
or Yokut Indian Tribes and about 300 years old.'' Consultation with Mr.
Lalo Franco of the cultural office of the Santa Rosa Indian Community
of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California, confirmed that the provenience
of the human remains is consistent with that of other discoveries of
indigenous remains in the area. Mr. Franco consulted with
representatives of other tribal entities who serve on a regional
committee coordinating the repatriation of indigenous remains and
artifacts, and it was determined by them that the Santa Rosa Indian
Community would receive the remains from University of the Pacific and
hold them until such time as the Ione Band of Miwok Indians of
California can complete preparations to receive them on a permanent
Officials of the University of the Pacific have determined that,
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above
represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American
ancestry. Officials of the University of the Pacific also have
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced
between the Native American human remains and the Santa Rosa Indian
Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California and the Ione Band of
Miwok Indians of California.
The human remains were repatriated to NAGPRA representatives of the
Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California on
August 4, 2005, on behalf of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians of
California. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that wishes to
comment on this repatriation should contact Michael Capurso, University
of the Pacific, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, 3601 Pacific
Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211, telephone (209) 946-2287.
The University of the Pacific is responsible for notifying the
Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-wuk Indians of California; Chicken Ranch
Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California; Ione Band of Miwok Indians
of California; Jackson Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California;
Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California; Santa Rosa
Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Shingle
Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs Rancheria (Verona
Tract), California; Table Mountain Rancheria of California; Tule River
Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, California; Tuolumne Band
of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of California; and United
Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria of California that this
notice has been published.
Dated: August 30, 2005.
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 05-19264 Filed 9-26-05; 8:45 am]
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