FR Doc E7-5976
[Federal Register: April 2, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 62)]
[Notices]               
[Page 15725-15726]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: University of the Pacific, 
Stockton, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.
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    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 the 
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

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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 the 
University of the Pacific, Department of Biological Sciences faculty in 
consultation with a representative of the Santa Rosa Indian Community 
of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California.
    Sometime in the 1950s, human remains representing a minimum of 10 
individuals were removed by unknown persons from a site on the north 
bank of Calaveras Creek on the Stockton campus of the University of the 
Pacific, Stockton, San Joaquin County, CA. The human remains were given 
to the faculty of what is now the Department of Biological Sciences. 
The Department of Biological Sciences has maintained sole possession 
continuously since that time. The human remains were found in storage 
in September 2006. No known individuals have been identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    The human remains are Native American based on dental morphology. 
During consultation, a tribal representative 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 Native American human remains in the area. The site from 
which the human remains were removed is known to be the location of 
Native American burial grounds used by people of both the Miwok and 
Yokut tribes, and is listed as a burial site in the book Archeology of 
the Northern San Joaquin Valley(Schenk and Dawson, 1929). The 
descendants of the Miwok and Yokut are members of 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; Santa Rosa Indian 
Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California; Shingle Springs Band 
of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs Rancheria (Verona Tract), California; 
and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians of the Tuolumne Rancheria of 
California. The Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California and Santa Rosa 
Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California have been 
primarily associated with the area where the human remains were found.
    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 10 individuals 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 Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California and Santa 
Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Michael 
Capurso, University of the Pacific, Gladys L. Benerd School of 
Education, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211, telephone (209) 
946-2287, before May 2, 2007. Repatriation of the human remains to the 
Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California and Santa Rosa Indian 
Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria, California may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    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 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: March 9, 2007
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E7-5976 Filed 3-30-07; 8:45 am]

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