[Federal Register: August 26, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 165)]
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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 Pearl Harbor, HI in the Possession
of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI

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 Pearl Harbor, HI in the possession of the Bernice
Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Bishop
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of Hui
Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, and the O'ahu Island Burial Council.
Koa Mana and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs were also contacted for
consultation, but have not responded.
    In 1978, human remains representing a minimum of 13 individuals
were recovered by Toni Han, Owen Narikawa, and Bishop Museum staff
following the disturbance of burials during construction of a new
complex of naval magazines at West Loch Naval Magazine, Pearl Harbor,
O'ahu, HI. No known individuals were identified. The 62 associated
funerary objects include non-human bone, beads, a mirror, and a ceramic
plate.
    In 1998, the U.S. Navy determined, based on a 1978 Deed of Gift,
that these human remains and associated funerary objects were in the
control of the Bishop Museum. Based on the style and types of
associated funerary objects, manner of interments, recovery locations,
and consultation information, these individuals have been identified as
Native Hawaiian. In keeping with prior consultations with Native
Hawaiian organizations, the Bishop Museum did not attempt to determine
the age of the human remains.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Bishop
Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human
remains listed above represent the physical remains of a minimum of 13
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Bishop Museum
have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the 62
objects listed above are reasonably

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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 Bishop Museum 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 Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O
Hawai'i Nei.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hui Malama I Na
Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the O'ahu Island
Burial Council, and Koa Mana. Representatives of any other Native
Hawaiian organization that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact
Valerie Free, Unit Manager, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice
Street, Honolulu, HI 96817; telephone: (808) 847-8205, before September
27, 1999. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary
objects to Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei may begin after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: August 8, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-22162 Filed 8-25-99; 8:45 am]
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