[Federal Register: November 13, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 219)]
[Notices]
[Page 67756-67757]
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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
Anthropological Studies Center (ASC), Archaeological Collections
Facility, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, and in Control of
the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS)

AGENCY: National Park Service.

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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 possession of the Anthropological Studies Center
(ASC), Archaeological Collections Facility, Sonoma State University,
Rohnert Park, CA; and in the control of the California Department of
Transportation (CALTRANS), Sacramento, CA.
    This notice is being 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 the
Anthropological Studies Center, Archaeological Collections Facility,
Sonoma State University professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Cortina Indian Rancheria of Wintun Indians of
California.
    In 1974, human remains representing two individuals were recovered
from the Suscol Site (CA-NAP-15/H) in Napa County, CA by Thomas F.
King, during test excavations along Highway 29. No known individuals
were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1978 and 1979, human remains representing five individuals were
recovered from the Suscol Site (CA-NAP-15/H) in Napa County, CA by
Stradford and Schwaderer, during test excavations along Highway 29. No
known individuals were identified. The two associated funerary objects
found with individual one (accession number 79-14) are an obsidian
biface and a groundstone fragment. The 31 associated funerary objects
found with individuals two through four (accession number 79-28) are
glass trade beads.
    Based on archeological evidence, continuity of occupation, and
ethnographic accounts, these individuals have been identified as Native
American. The major occupation of CA-NAP-15/H occurred during the
historic period, mainly during the early 19th Century. Based on point
typologies and bead typologies uncovered during previous excavations of
burial matrixes, the human remains have been dated to the historic
period. Geographical, ethnographic, linguistic, and historical evidence
indicates that the Suscol site is located within the traditional Patwin
territory.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
Anthropological Studies Center, Archaeological Collections Facility,
Sonoma State University have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of seven individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
Anthropological Studies Center, Archaeological Collections Facility,
Sonoma State University also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2(d)(2), the 33 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
the Anthropological Studies Center, Archaeological Collections
Facility, Sonoma State University have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2(e), there is a relationship of shared group identity which can
be reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects and the Cortina Band of Wintun Indians,
California.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cortina Band of
Wintun Indians, California. Representatives of any other Indian tribe
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains and associated funerary objects should contact Tina Biorn,
Environmental Program, Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 942874
(M.S.27), Sacramento, CA 94274-0001, telephone (916) 653-0013, before
December 13, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains and associated
funerary objects to the Cortina Band of Wintun Indians, California may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: October 31, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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