[Federal Register: August 6, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 151)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Prince William Sound, AK, in the Control of the Chugach National
Forest, United States Forest Service, Anchorage, 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 from Prince
William Sound, AK, in the control of the Chugach National Forest,
United States Forest

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Service, Anchorage, AK.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by U.S. Forest
Service and National Museum of Denmark professional staff in
consultation with representatives of the Chugach Heritage Foundation.
    In 1933, human remains representing 24 individuals were recovered
from caves and village sites in the Chugach National Forest, Prince
William Sound, AK, during legally authorized excavations by the
University of Pennsylvania and the Danish National Museum, and sent
back to the National Museum of Denmark the same year. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Historical documents, excavation records, and archeological
evidence indicate these caves and village sites are precontact Chugach
occupation and traditional burial areas based on the manner of
internment and associated funerary objects. Oral traditions presented
by representatives of the Chugach Heritage Foundation state that these
areas are traditional burial grounds of the Chugach people since
precontact times.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the United
States Forest Service have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of 24 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
United States Forest Service 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 Chenega Bay I.R.A. Council, the Native Village of Eyak, and the
Tatitlek I.R.A. Council.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Chugach Heritage
Foundation, the Chenega Bay I.R.A. Council, the Native Village of Eyak,
and the Tatitlek I.R.A. Council. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains and associated funerary objects should contact Mr. Larry
Hudson, Forest Supervisor, Chugach National Forest, U.S. Forest
Service, Anchorage, AK; telephone: (907) 271-2500, before September 5,
1997. Control of the human remains will be transferred to the Chugach
Heritage Foundation on behalf of the Chenega Bay I.R.A. Council, the
Native Village of Eyak, and the Tatitlek I.R.A. Council after that date
if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: August 1, 1997.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting, Departmental Consulting Archeologist Deputy Manager, Archeology
and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-20634 Filed 8-5-97 ; 8:45 am]
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