[Federal Register: October 3, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 193)]
[Notices]
[Page 51716-51717]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
From Hooper Bay, AK, in the Control of the Alaska State Office, Bureau
of Land Management, Anchorage, AK

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), 25 U.S.C.
3003(d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains and
associated funerary objects in the control of the Alaska State Office,
Bureau of Land Management, Anchorage, AK.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Bureau of
Land Management and University of Alaska Museum professional staff in
consultation with representatives of the Native village of Hooper Bay.
    In 1950, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from the Old Sealing Camp site by Mr. Wendell

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Oswalt. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary
objects are present. The Old Sealing Camp site has been identified as a
habitation site from late precontact times based on oral history. The
circumstances in which the human remains were recovered suggest a 19th
century context. Consultation evidence presented by representative of
the Native Village of Hooper Bay indicates this site has been
traditionally associated with the Village of Hooper Bay during and
prior to the 19th century.
    In 1964, human remains representing two individuals were recovered
from an older section of the Native Village of Hooper Bay by Mr. Otto
Geist. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary
object are present. The circumstances in which the human remains were
recovered suggest a 19th century context. Consultation evidence
presented by representative of the Native Village of Hooper Bay
indicates this site has been traditionally associated with the Village
of Hooper Bay during and prior to the 19th century.
    Based on the above mentioned information, Bureau of Land Management
officials have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the
human remains listed above represent the physical remains of three
individuals of Native American ancestry. Bureau of Land Management
officials have also determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2),
there is a relationship of shared group identity which can be
reasonably traced between these Native American human remains and the
Native Village of Hooper.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Native Village of
Hooper Bay. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and
associated funerary objects should contact Dr. Robert E. King, Alaska
State NAGPRA Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. 7th Avenue,
#13, Anchorage, AK 99513-7599; telephone: (907) 271-5510, before
November 4, 1996. Repatriation of the human remains and associated
funerary objects to the Native Village of Hooper Bay may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: September 30, 1996,
C. Timothy McKeown,
Acting, Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Acting Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 96-25350 Filed 10-2-96; 8:45 am]
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