[Federal Register: October 12, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 198)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion of Human Remains and Associated
Funerary Objects in the Possession of the American Museum of Natural
History, New York, NY

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 American Museum of Natural
History, New York, NY.
    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 and associated funerary
objects was made by American Museum of Natural History professional
staff in consultation with representatives of the Barona Group of
Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Barona Reservation,
California; the Campo Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Campo
Indian Reservation, California; the Cuyapaipe Community of Diegueno
Mission Indians of the Cuyapaipe Reservation, California; the Inaja
Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Inaja and Cosmit Reservation,
California; Jamul Indian Village of California; the La Posta Band of
Diegueno Mission Indians of the La Posta Indian Reservation,
California; the Manzanita Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the
Manzanita Reservation, California; the Mesa Grande Band of Diegueno
Mission Indians of the Mesa Grande Reservation, California; the San
Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of California; the Santa
Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Santa Ysabel
Reservation, California; the Sycuan Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of
California; and the Viejas (Baron Long) Group of Capitan Grande Band of
Mission Indians of the Viejas Reservation, California.
    In 1907, human remains representing a minimum of one individual
were collected by an unknown collector (``an Indian'') from southern
California. Constance Goddard DuBois purchased the remains from the
collector in 1907, and the American Museum of Natural History purchased
the remains from Ms. DuBois in the same year. No known individual was
identified. The eight associated funerary objects include a burial urn,
daub, chipped stone, a projectile point, shell, ceramics, charcoal, and
animal bone.
    This individual has been identified as Native American based on
mortuary treatment, its provenience within the historic territory of
the Diegueno, and the association with the culture name Diegueno in
American Museum of Natural History records. The practice of cremation
and the placement of human remains into mortuary urns is consistent
with Diegueno burial practices that were observed at the time of and
slightly after contact. Archeological evidence documents cultural
continuity in this area from the late pre-contact (circa 1500 B.P.)
into the contact period. The Diegueno have remained within this
territory under successive Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo-American
governments.
    In an unknown year, human remains representing a minimum of one
individual were collected by an unknown collector from a location 40
miles east of Mesa Grande, Vallecito Mountains(?), Vallecito(?), San
Diego County, CA. The American Museum of Natural History acquired these
human remains in an exchange with the Museum of the American Indian,
Heye Foundation in 1919. Details of the transfer from the unknown
collector to the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation are not
known. No known individual was identified. The one associated funerary
object is a mortuary jar.
    This individual has been identified as Native American based on the
mortuary treatment of these human remains and geographic evidence. The
mortuary practice of cremation and placement of the remains into
mortuary urns is consistent with burial practices observed by Diegueno
peoples at the time of and slightly after contact in southern
California. These remains derive from the territory of the Diegueno in
the post-contact period. The Diegueno have remained within these
boundaries during successive Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo-American
governments.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the American
Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of a minimum of two individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the American Museum of Natural History also have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2(d)(2), the nine objects listed
above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near these
individual human remains at the time of death or later as part of the
death rite

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or ceremony. Lastly, officials of the American Museum of Natural
History 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 Barona Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians
of the Barona Reservation, California; the Campo Band of Diegueno
Mission Indians of the Campo Indian Reservation, California; the
Cuyapaipe Community of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Cuyapaipe
Reservation, California; the Inaja Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of
the Inaja and Cosmit Reservation, California; Jamul Indian Village of
California; the La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the La
Posta Indian Reservation, California; the Manzanita Band of Diegueno
Mission Indians of the Manzanita Reservation, California; the Mesa
Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Mesa Grande Reservation,
California; the San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of
California; the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the
Santa Ysabel Reservation, California; the Sycuan Band of Diegueno
Mission Indians of California; and the Viejas (Baron Long) Group of
Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Viejas Reservation,
California.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Kumeyaay Cultural
Repatriation Committee; the Barona Group of Capitan Grande Band of
Mission Indians of the Barona Reservation, California; the Campo Band
of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Campo Indian Reservation,
California; the Cuyapaipe Community of Diegueno Mission Indians of the
Cuyapaipe Reservation, California; the Inaja Band of Diegueno Mission
Indians of the Inaja and Cosmit Reservation, California; Jamul Indian
Village of California; the La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of
the La Posta Indian Reservation, California; the Manzanita Band of
Diegueno Mission Indians of the Manzanita Reservation, California; the
Mesa Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Mesa Grande
Reservation, California; the San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission
Indians of California; the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission
Indians of the Santa Ysabel Reservation, California; the Sycuan Band of
Diegueno Mission Indians of California; and the Viejas (Baron Long)
Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Viejas
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 Martha Graham, Director
of Cultural Resources, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park
West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192, telephone (212) 769-5846,
before November 13, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary objects to the Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation
Committee on behalf of the Barona Group of Capitan Grande Band of
Mission Indians of the Barona Reservation, California; the Campo Band
of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Campo Indian Reservation,
California; the Cuyapaipe Community of Diegueno Mission Indians of the
Cuyapaipe Reservation, California; the Inaja Band of Diegueno Mission
Indians of the Inaja and Cosmit Reservation, California; Jamul Indian
Village of California; the La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of
the La Posta Indian Reservation, California; the Manzanita Band of
Diegueno Mission Indians of the Manzanita Reservation, California; the
Mesa Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Mesa Grande
Reservation, California; the San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission
Indians of California; the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission
Indians of the Santa Ysabel Reservation, California; the Sycuan Band of
Diegueno Mission Indians of California; and the Viejas (Baron Long)
Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Viejas
Reservation, California may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: October 5, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources, Stewardship and Partnerships.
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