FR Doc 03-21342
[Federal Register: August 20, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 161)]
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[Page 50181]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: American Museum of Natural 
History, New York, NY

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of the 
American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY. The human remains 
were removed from Awatovi pueblo in Navajo County, AZ.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. (d)(3). The 
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations within this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by American 
Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of 20 
individuals were removed by Mr. Burton, an agent for the U.S. 
Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, from Awatovi 
pueblo in Navajo County, AZ. The human remains were subsequently 
acquired by Dr. Ale[scaron] Hrdli[ccaron]ka, who gifted the human 
remains to the American Museum of Natural History in 1900. No known 
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    The human remains have been identified as Native American based on 
their origin at Awatovi pueblo. Awatovi pueblo, an ancestral Hopi 
village site located on the Hopi Indian Reservation, was destroyed in 
A.D. 1700.
    Although the lands from which the human remains were removed are 
currently under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of the 
Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the American Museum of Natural 
History has possession and control of the human remains because their 
removal from tribal land predates the permit requirements established 
by the Antiquities Act of 1906.
    Officials of the American Museum of Natural History have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains listed above 
represent the physical remains of 20 individuals of Native American 
ancestry. Officials of the American Museum of Natural History also have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a 
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced 
between the Native American human remains and the Hopi Tribe of 
Arizona.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Luc 
Litwinionek, 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 September 19, 2003. Repatriation of 
the human remains to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona may proceed after that 
date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The American Museum of Natural History is responsible for notifying 
the Hopi Tribe of Arizona that this notice has been published.

    Dated: July 24, 2003.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 03-21342 Filed 8-19-03; 8:45 am]

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