[Federal Register: October 9, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 195)]
[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 in the Possession of the American
Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 in the possession of the American Museum of Natural
History, New York, NY.
    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

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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 American
Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak
Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona, and Tohono O'odham Nation of
Arizona.
    In 1902, human remains representing a minimum of one individual
were collected by Dr. Ales Hrdlicka from southern Arizona, while Dr.
Hrdlicka was a member of the Hyde Expedition, sponsored by the American
Museum of Natural History. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    This individual has been identified as Native American based on the
American Museum of Natural History's catalog entry describing the
remains as ``Papago.'' Geographic location is consistent with the
postcontact territory of the Tohono O'odham, who are represented by the
Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona and the Ak Chin Indian Community of
the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona. The presence of
desiccated soft tissue and bone stained by copper or brass suggests a
postcontact date for this burial.
    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 one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials
of the American Museum of Natural History also 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 the Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak
Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona, and Tohono O'odham Nation of
Arizona.This notice has been sent to officials of the Ak Chin Indian
Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona, and
Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains should contact Martha Graham, Director of Cultural Resources,
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street,
New York, NY 10024-5192, telephone (212) 769-5846, before November 8,
2001. Repatriation of the human remains to the Ak Chin Indian Community
of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona, and Tohono
O'odham Nation of Arizona may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: August 15, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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