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Native American Graves Protection and

Repatriation Review Committee

Dispute Findings

 

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee Findings and Recommendations Regarding Human Remains Identified as 12-5456,
from the Hawaiian Islands
April 15, 1993

Federal Register / Vol. 58, No. 71 / Thursday, April 15, 1993 / Notices
19688
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NOTICE

NATIVE AMERICAN GRAVES PROTECTION AND REPATRIATION REVIEW COMMITTEE:
FINDING

AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior

ACTION: Finding Regarding Human Remains Identified as 12-5456, from
the Hawaiian Islands.

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After full and careful consideration of all information and arguments
submitted and presented by representatives of the P.A. Hearst Museum of
Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, CA, and Hui M lama I
N K puna O Hawai i Nei, the Native American Graves Protection and
Repatriation Review Committee have been unable to determine that the
preponderance of the evidence indicates that there is a relationship of
shared group identity which can be reasonably traced between present
day Native Hawaiian organizations and those human remains identified as
12-5456.

The human remains, currently in the possession of the P.A. Hearst
Museum, consist of a fragmentary skull accessioned by the museum in
1935. The individual is noted in the catalog as deriving from the
Hawaiian Islands. In a letter acknowledging the gift, the acting
curator refers to the individual as a "Polynesian." The Committee
considered contextual, osteological, and spiritual information in
arriving at their finding.

While the Committee has been unable to determine that the preponderance
of the evidence indicates a relationship of shared group identity which
can be reasonably traced between present day Native Hawaiian
organizations and those human remains identified as 12-5456, the
Committee noted that:

1) the human remains are from the Hawaiian Islands;

2) the scientific or educational value the human remains may have for
the P.A. Hearst Museum is very small and has been reduced further
by the current dispute; and

3) the necessary expertise for clarifying the cultural affiliation of
these human remains is available in Hawaii.

To resolve this issue, the Committee recommends that the P.A. Hearst
Museum transfer the remains identified as 12-5456 to a museum in Hawaii
for future consideration of cultural affiliation and care.

Dated: March 28, 1993

Ms. Tessie Naranjo
Chair, Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Review Committee

 

 
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