[Federal Register: July 16, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 136)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
in the Possession of the University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK

AGENCY: National Park Service.

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 in the
possession of the University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University
of Alaska Museum professional staff in consultation with
representatives of Native Village of Brevig Mission and Bering Straits
Foundation.
    In 1980, human remains representing one individual were found at
Brevig Mission by an unknown individual under unknown circumstances.
Alaska State troopers from Nome, AK took custody of the human remains
and sent them to the Anthropology Department at the University of
Alaska Fairbanks in October, 1980. In 1993, these human remains were
transferred to the University of Alaska Museum. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Archeological evidence indicates continuous occupation of the
Brevig

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Mission area from 900 AD to the present based on material culture and
habitation sites. The remains are undated and may be as recent as the
late 19th or early 20th century. Archeological evidence and historical
documents indicate the area surrounding the present day Brevig Mission
site was used traditionally as a burial area. Oral tradition presented
by the representatives of the Native Village of Brevig Mission and the
Bering Straits Foundation also states the Brevig Mission was used as a
traditional burial area.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of Alaska Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. Lastly,
officials of the University of Alaska Museum have 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 Brevig Mission.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Native Village of
Brevig Mission and Bering Straits Foundation. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains should contact Gary Selinger, Special Projects
Manager, University of Alaska Museum, 907 Yukon Drive, Fairbanks, AK
99775-1200; telephone: (907) 474-6117 before August 15, 1997.
Repatriation of the human remains to the Native Village of Brevig may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: July 10, 1997.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Assistant Manager,
Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-18710 Filed 7-15-97; 8:45 am]
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