[Federal Register: June 13, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 114)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
From Hawaii in the Possession of the Springfield Science Museum,
Springfield, MA

    Editorial Note: This document was inadvertently omitted from the
issue of Wednesday, June 11, 1997.
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 Springfield Science Museum, Springfield, MA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Springfield
Science Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives
of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei and the Office of Hawaiian
Affairs.
    Before 1917 (possibly 1898), human remains representing one
individual were donated to the Springfield Science Museum by an unknown
person. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    Morphological evidence indicates this individual is Native Hawaiian
based on cranial appearence. This individual was most likely brought
back to Springfield, MA, by a whaler or sailor who visited the Hawaiian
Islands, then known as the Sandwich Islands. The cranium is labeled
``Sandwich Islands.'' Consultation evidence provided by representatives
of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei indicate that shoreline sand
dunes, caves, and cliff caves were the locations of exclusively Native
Hawaiian burials into the early historic period, and locations easily
accessible to whalers and sailors of the period.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
Springfield Science 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. Lastly,
officials of the Springfield Science Museum 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 Native American
human remains and Hui Malam I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei.
    This notice has been sent to officials of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O
Hawai'i Nei and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with these human remains should contact
John Pretola, Curator of Anthropology, Springfield Science Museum, 236
State Street, Springfield, MA 01103, telephone (413) 263-6875, ext.
320, before July 14, 1997. Repatriation of the human remains to Hui
Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
Dated: June 2, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-15226 Filed 6-10-97; 8:45 am]
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