[Federal Register: June 11, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 112)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from Anvik Village, AK in the
Possession of the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects from Anvik Village, AK in the possession of the
American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by American
Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with
representatives of Anvik Village.
    In 1903, human remains representing a minimum of seven individuals
were excavated by Rev. John W. Chapman from AK, Yukon-Koyukuk Borough,
Anvik Village, and donated to the Museum. No known individuals were
identified. The 45 associated funerary objects include 11 pottery
dishes; a baleen comb; a tobacco box; three wooden boxes; three metal
knives; two knife handles; four implements; two handles; a graver's
tool; six bone tubes; two bone needles; an ivory point; a scraper; two
bear tooth pendants; a flint chip; and four metal bracelets.
    These individuals have been identified as Native American based on
burial practices and types of associated funerary objects. Geographic
location is consistent with the post-contact territory of the Ingalik
(an Athabascan group). The Ingalik have occupied Anvik Village since
1887 and for an undetermined period prior to that date. Some, perhaps
all, of the graves date to the post-contact period. Burial practices
are consistent with interior Athabascan and Ingalik funerary practices.
Associated funerary objects are consistent with Ingalik culture. Museum
catalog information describes the remains as Athabascan.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the American
Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of a minimum of seven individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the American Museum of Natural History have also
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 45 objects listed
above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near
individual human remains at the time of death or later as part of the
death rite or ceremony. Lastly, officials of the American Museum of
Natural History have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e),
there is a relationship of shared group identity which can be
reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects and Anvik Village.
    This notice has been sent to officials of Anvik Village, Ingalik
Inc., and Doyon, Ltd. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary objects should contact Martha Graham, Registrar
for Cultural Resources, Department of Anthropology, American Museum of
Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-
5192; telephone: (212) 769-5846 before July 12, 1999. Repatriation of
the human remains and associated funerary objects to Anvik Village may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: June 1, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-14828 Filed 6-10-99; 8:45 am]
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