FR Doc E9-12263[Federal Register: May 27, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 100)]
[Notices]               
[Page 25276-25277]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Field Museum of Natural History, 
Chicago, IL

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 
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL. The human remains were 
removed from Kodiak, Kodiak Island, AK.
    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 
American 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 Field Museum 
of Natural History professional staff in consultation with professional 
staff of the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, Kodiak, AK, 
on behalf of Koniag, Inc.; Leisnoi, Inc.; Lesnoi Village (aka Woody 
Island); Natives of Kodiak, Inc.; and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak.
    In 1893, employees of the Field Museum of Natural History purchased 
human remains representing one individual from Ward's Natural Science 
Establishment, Rochester, NY (Field Museum of Natural History accession 
number 407, catalog number 41470). No known individual was identified. 
No associated funerary objects are present.
    The human remains have been identified as Native American based on 
specific cultural and geographic attributions in Field Museum of 
Natural History records. The records identify the human remains as 
"Eskimo" from an "ancient dwelling near St. Paul, Kodiak Isl., 
Alaska." St. Paul, Kodiak Island, AK, is present-day Kodiak, Kodiak 
Island, AK. The term "Eskimo" is used by anthropologists to refer to 
both the prehistoric and historic Native peoples of the Kodiak region, 
who are the ancestors of the present-day Alutiiq people. Specifically, 
the human remains are from an area of the Kodiak archipelago 
traditionally used by shareholders and citizens of Koniag, Inc.; 
Leisnoi, Inc.; Lesnoi Village (aka Woody Island); Natives of Kodiak, 
Inc.; and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak.
    Officials of the Field Museum of Natural History 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 
American ancestry. Officials of the Field Museum of Natural History 
also have determined that,

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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 Koniag, Inc.; Leisnoi, Inc.; Lesnoi Village (aka 
Woody Island); Natives of Kodiak, Inc.; and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Helen 
Robbins, Repatriation Director, Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 
South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2496, telephone (312) 665-
7317, before June 26, 2009. Repatriation of the human remains to 
Koniag, Inc.; Leisnoi, Inc.; Lesnoi Village (aka Woody Island); Natives 
of Kodiak, Inc.; and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak may proceed after that date 
if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Field Museum of Natural History is responsible for notifying 
Koniag, Inc.; Leisnoi, Inc.; Lesnoi Village (aka Woody Island); Natives 
of Kodiak, Inc.; and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak that this notice has been 
published.

    Dated: May 6, 2009.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-12263 Filed 5-26-09; 8:45 am]

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