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Notice of Inventory Completion: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

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AGENCY:

National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

Texas A&M University has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request to Texas A&M University. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES:

Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to Texas A&M University at the address in this notice by May 19, 2014.

ADDRESSES:

Dr. Suzanne L. Eckert, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4352, telephone (979) 845-5242.

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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 under the control of Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. The human remains were removed from the Tajiguas Cliffs, Santa Barbara 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.

Consultation

A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Texas A&M University (TAMU) professional staff in 1995, and the remains were determined to be ancestral to the Chumash Indians. In 2010, representatives of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California, were invited to consult with TAMU for the purpose of determining the place and manner of the repatriation, but no representatives contacted TAMU or visited the remains in response to this invitation.

History and Description of the Remains

Sometime prior to 1987, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual were removed from the Tajiguas Cliffs in Santa Barbara County, CA, by a private individual, and were donated to TAMU in 1987. The human remains were determined to be one adult of indeterminate sex (TAMU-NAGPRA 72). No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present. Based on the geographic location and the accompanying note describing funerary objects (not included in donation), TAMU staff found it reasonable to trace a shared identity from this site to the Chumash Indians.

Determinations Made by Texas A&M University

Officials of Texas A&M University have determined that:

  • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry.
  • 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 Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to Dr. Suzanne L. Eckert, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4352, telephone (979) 845-5242, by May 19, 2014. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California, may proceed.

Texas A&M University is responsible for notifying the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians of the Santa Ynez Reservation, California, that this notice has been published.

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Dated: March 4, 2014.

Sherry Hutt,

Manager, National NAGPRA Program.

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[FR Doc. 2014-08800 Filed 4-16-14; 8:45 am]

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