[Federal Register: July 21, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 141)]
[Notices]
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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 Alaska in the Control of the
Alaska State Office, Bureau of Land Management, Anchorage, AK

AGENCY: National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby give 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 in the control of the Alaska State Office, Bureau of
Land Management, Anchorage, AK. This notice is published as part of the
National Park Service's administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA,
43 CFR 10.2 (c). The determinations within this notice are the sole
responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has
control of these Native American human remains and associated funerary
objects. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Bureau
of Land Management and Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown
University professional staff in consultation with representatives of
the Native Village of Kotzebue.
    During 1956-61, human remains representing 49 individuals were
collected or excavated by Dr. J. Louis Giddings under a Federal permit
from a series of burials at Cape Krusenstern, Battle Rock Site
vicinity, and the Choris Peninsula. These human remains are curated at
the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology in Bristol, RI. No known
individuals were identified. The 387 associated funerary objects
include projectile points, scrapers, knives, flake tools, flakes, side
and end blade insets, an adze head, a split bone piercer, an ivory
handle, a whale and seal head carving, antler arrowheads and arrowhead
fragments, 1 potsherd, 4 wooden mask fragments, 1 walrus bone pick,
animal bones and teeth, and 2 blue feathers.

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    Based on skeletal morphology, geographic location, and associated
objects, these individuals have been identified as Native American,
affiliated with Inupiat Eskimo culture and specifically with the Native
Village of Kotzebue. This determination of cultural affiliation has
been based upon the continuity of Native Americans in the Kotzebue area
and their oral tradition that the area where the remains were found is
within their traditional territory.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Bureau
of Land Management have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of 49 individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Bureau
of Land Management also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2), the 387 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 Bureau of Land Management have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be
reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and
associated funerary objects and the Native Village of Kotzebue. This
notice has been sent to officials of the Native Village of Kotzebue.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated funerary
objects should contact Dr. Robert E. King, Alaska State NAGPRA
Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, 222 West 7th Avenue,
<greek-i>13, Anchorage, AK 99513-7599, telephone (907) 271-5510,
before
August 21, 2000. Repatriation of the human remains and associated
funerary objects to the Native Village of Kotzebue may begin after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: June 17, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 00-18463 Filed 7-20-00; 8:45 am]
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