FR Doc E8-15899[Federal Register: July 14, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 135)]
[Notices]               
[Page 40364-40365]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of Homeland 
Security, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC, and University 
of Hawai`i at Hilo, Hilo, HI

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 control of the U.S. 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 
Washington, DC, and in the possession of the University of Hawai`i at 
Hilo, Hilo, HI. The human remains were removed from the South Point Gas 
House Site (Site H6), Ka`u district, Hawai`i Island, Hawai`i County, 
HI.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
Hawaiian human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the U.S. 
Coast Guard and professional staff from the University of Hawai`i at 
Hilo in consultation with representatives of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O 
Hawai`i Nei, Ka`u Preservation, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    At an unknown time between 1954 and 1959, human remains 
representing a minimum of one individual was removed from the South 
Point Gas House Site, Kama'oa Pu`u`eo ahupua`a, Ka`u District, Hawai`i 
Island, in Hawai`i County, HI. The site was encountered while the U.S. 
Coast Guard was constructing a fuel drum storage shed and the human 
remains were delivered to the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The site was listed in Bishop Museum files as "H6" or "11-Ha-
B20-9," as part of their general site information, and was described 
by Bishop Museum archeologists as a buried midden site, but the 
individual is not listed in any report from the area. The midden 
deposits in the South Point region were intensively studied by several 
archeologists in the 1950s, including Dr. William Bonk at the 
University of Hawai`i at Hilo, and were largely determined to represent 
pre-contact Native Hawaiian occupations and burials. The South Point 
Gas House Site is a specific portion of the larger site complex that 
includes the Pu`u Ali`i Sand Dune site (H1), which is an early Native 
Hawaiian fishing village and burial area dating to pre-European 
contact.
    Officials of the Department of Homeland Security, United States 
Coast Guard have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), 
the human remains described above represent the physical remains of one 
individual of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Officials of the Department of 
Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard 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 Hawaiian 
human remains and Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai`i Nei, Ka`u 
Preservation, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    Representatives of any other Native Hawaiian Organization or Indian 
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human 
remain should contact Dr. Daniel Koski-Karell, Environmental Management 
Office, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters (COMDT CG-443), Room 09-1007, 
1900 Half St. NW, Washington, DC 20593-0004, telephone (202) 475-5683, 
before August 13, 2008.

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Repatriation of the human remains to Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai`i 
Nei, Ka`u Preservation, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs may proceed 
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard is 
responsible for notifying Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai`i Nei, Ka`u 
Preservation, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: June 19, 2008
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-15899 Filed 7-11-08; 8:45 am]

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