[Federal Register: October 10, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 197)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
From O'ahu County, HI in the Control of the United States Fish and
Wildlife Service, Honolulu, HI

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 from O'ahu
County, HI in the control of the United States Fish and Wildlife
Service, Honolulu, HI.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by U.S. Fish
and Wildlife and Bishop Museum professional staff, in consultation with
representatives of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei
    In 1923 and 1924, human remains representing a minimum of seven
individuals were recovered from the Hawaiian Islands known as Nihoa and
Necker by members of the Tanager Expeditions who were collecting a wide
variety of scientific specimens for the Bishop Museum. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Based on material culture and radiocarbon dates, the islands of
Nihoa and Necker were occupied by Native Hawaiian people between 1000-
1500 A.D. Oral tradition and archeological research indicates Native
Hawaiian people occupied the islands of Nihoa and Necker during this
period. Consultation evidence presented by representatives of Hui
Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei identifies the islands of Nihoa and
Necker as within the precontact territory of Native Hawaiian people.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of a minimum of seven individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 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 associated funerary objects and Hui Malama I
Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei.
    This notice has been sent to officials of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O
Hawai'i Nei, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Kauai/Nihau Island
Burial Council. Representatives of any other Native Hawaiian
organization that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains and associated funerary objects should contact
Jerry Leinecke, Project Leader, Hawaiian and Pacific Islands National
Wildlife Refuge Complex, P.O. Box 50167, Honolulu, HI 96850; telephone:
(808) 541-1201, fax (808) 541-1216, before November 10, 1997.
Repatriation of the human remains to Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i
Nei may begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: October 2, 1997.

    Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-26873 Filed 10-9-97; 8:45 am]
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