[Federal Register: March 4, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 42)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
From Mummy Island Cave, AK, in the Possession of the University of
Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003(d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the
possession of the University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University
of Alaska Museum professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Chugach Heritage Foundation on behalf of the
Native Village of Eyak.
    In 1964, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from a cave on Mummy Island located at the mouth of Orca Inlet near
Cordova, AK. There is no further information in the museum's records
regarding the collection of this individual. The human remains were
donated by Bobby Benson and given to Dr. Ivar Skarland of the
Anthropology Department at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. No
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Historical documents and archeological evidence indicate the caves
on Mummy Island are traditional burial areas of the Native Village of
Eyak based on manner of internment and associated funerary objects.
Oral tradition presented by the representatives of the Chugach Heritage
Foundation also states Mummy Island is a traditional burial area.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of Alaska Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
University of Alaska Museum have also 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 Native American human remains
and the Chugach Heritage Foundation on behalf of the Native Village of
Eyak.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Chugach Heritage
Foundation and the Native Village of Eyak. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains should contact Gary Selinger, Special Projects
Manager, University of Alaska Museum, 907 Yukon Drive, Fairbanks, AK
99775-1200; telephone: (907) 474-6117, before April 3, 1997.
Repatriation of the human remains to the Chugach Heritage Foundation on
behalf of the Native Village of Eyak may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.

Dated: February 24, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-5214 Filed 3-3-97; 8:45 am]
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