Federal Register / Vol. 60, No. 74 / Tuesday, April 18, 1995 /
          Notices                                                         19407


          DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

          National Park Service

          Notice of Inventory Completion of Native American Human Remains from
          the Site of Mo'omomi on Molokai, HI in the Possession of the Los
          Angeles County Museum of Natural History, CA

          AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior

          ACTION: Notice

          _____________________________________________________________________

          Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
          American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d),
          of the completion of the inventory of human remains from the site of
          Mo'omomi on Molokai, HI that are presently in the possession of the
          Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.

          A detailed inventory and assessment of these human remains has been
          made by the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History's curatorial
          staff in consultation with representatives of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna
          'O Hawai'i Nei, a Native Hawaiian organization as defined in 25
          U.S.C. 3001 (11).

          The human remains consist of 36 whole and three fragmentary human
          teeth. The human remains were donated to the Los Angeles County
          Museum of Natural History in 1927 by Dr. William A. Bryan, then
          Director of the Los Angeles County Museum. The remains were
          catalogued as A.1463.27-36.

          The catalog description states the remains are a "box of human teeth
          from the battle field of Momumi."  A representative of Hui Malama I
          Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei has identified "Momumi" as the site of
          Mo'omomi on Molokai and has stated that the sand dunes of Mo'omomi
          have long been used as burial grounds of ancestral Native Hawaiians. 
          Reference to the "battlefield of Momumi" is thought to refer to this
          burial area.  The representative of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i
          Nei has also provided documentation that shows that Bryan and others
          collected human remains from Mo'omomi.

          Inventory of the human remains and review of the accompanying
          documentation indicate that no known individuals were identifiable. 
          Based on the above information, officials of the Los Angeles County
          Museum of Natural History have determined that pursuant to 25 U.S.C.
          3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity which can
          be reasonably traced between these human remains and present-day
          Native Hawaiian organizations.






          This notice has been sent to officials of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O
          Hawai'i Nei, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Molokai Island
          Burial Council.  Representatives of any other Native Hawaiian
          organization which believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
          these human remains should contact Dr. Margaret Ann Hardin, Curator
          and Section Head, Anthropology, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural
          History, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90007, telephone:
          (213) 744-3382, before May 18, 1995.   Repatriation of these human
          remains to Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei may begin after that
          date if no additional claimants come forward.
          Dated:  April 6, 1995


          Francis P. McManamon
          Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
          Chief, Archeological Assistance Division
          [FR Doc. 95-9490 Filed 4-17-95; 8:45 am]
          BILLING CODE 4310-70-P


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