[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 128 (Tuesday, July 3, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39507-39508]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office 
[www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16206]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-10413; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Fowler Museum at UCLA has completed an inventory of human 
remains and associated funerary objects, in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined that there is a cultural 
affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary objects and 
present-day Indian tribes. Representatives of any Indian tribe that 
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains and 
associated funerary objects may contact the Fowler Museum at UCLA. 
Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the 
Indian tribes stated below may occur if no additional claimants come 
forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains and associated funerary 
objects should contact the Fowler Museum at UCLA at the address below by 
August 2, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Wendy G. Teeter, Ph.D., Curator of Archaeology, Fowler Museum 
at UCLA, Box 951549, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1549, telephone (310) 825-
1864.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 and 
associated funerary objects in the possession of the Fowler Museum at 
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. The human remains and associated funerary objects 
were removed from the Seven Palms Valley Rancheria, Riverside 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 and associated funerary objects. The National Park Service 
is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was Made by the Fowler 
Museum at UCLA's professional staff in consultation with representatives 
of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation, California; Morongo Band of 
Mission Indians, California (formerly the Morongo Band of Cahuilla 
Mission Indians of the Morongo Reservation); and the Soboba Bando of 
Luiseno Indians, California (hereafter referred to as ``The Tribes.'')

History and Description of the Remains

    At an unknown date prior to 1951, human remains representing, at 
minimum, one individual were removed from the ethnohistoric village site 
of Seven Palms Valley Rancheria (CA-RIV-154), in Riverside County, CA. In 
April 1951, Mrs. Frances Foster Cronholm donated this collection to UCLA 
consisting of human remains of an incomplete adult male and two mountain 
lion phalanges. No known individuals were identified. The two associated 
funerary objects are two mountain lion phalanges.
    In 1998, Ginger Ridgeway, Curator, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, 
determined that the human remains were Native American based on

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diagnostic traits. Anthony Andreas, Elder, Cahuilla Cultural Historian, 
identified the location of the site as traditional territory of the Agua 
Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of the Agua Caliente Indian 
Reservation, California. Britt Wilson, Cultural Director, Morongo Band of 
Cahuilla Mission Indians of the Morongo Reservation, identified the 
remains and associated funerary object as culturally affiliated with the 
Morongo Band of Mission Indians, California. Furthermore, Joe Ontiveros, 
Cultural Director, Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians identified the Seven 
Palms Valley Rancheria as within ancestral territory of the Soboba Bando 
of Luiseno Indians, California. The Fowler Museum at UCLA has determined 
the human remains and associated funerary objects to be culturally 
affiliated with The Tribes based on ethnographic, geographic, and 
linguistic evidence.

Determinations Made by the Fowler Museum at UCLA

    Officials of the Fowler Museum at UCLA have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described above 
represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American 
ancestry.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(A), the two objects described 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.
     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 associated funerary objects and The Tribes.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains or associated funerary 
objects should contact Dr. Wendy G. Teeter, Curator of Archaeology, 
Fowler Museum at UCLA, Box 951549, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1549, telephone 
(310) 825-1864 before August 2, 2012. Repatriation of the human remains 
and associated funerary objects to The Tribes may proceed after that date 
if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Fowler Museum at UCLA is responsible for notifying The Tribes 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: May 23, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-16206 Filed 7-2-12; 8:45 am]
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