[Federal Register: October 18, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 200)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from the Prince William Sound Region,
AK, in the Possession of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of
Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia,
PA

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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects

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from the Prince William Sound Region, AK in the possession of the
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University
of Pennsylvania Museum professional staff in consultation with
representatives of Chugach Alaska Corporation.
    In 1930, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from site 10, a large cave on the north shore of Boswell Bay,
Hinchinbrook Island, AK during excavations conducted under the auspices
of the University of Pennsylvania Museum by Dr. Frederica de Laguna. No
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    In 1930, human remains representing two individuals were recovered
from site 20, Mummy Island, AK during excavations conducted under the
auspices of the University of Pennsylvania Museum by Dr. Frederica de
Laguna. No known individuals were identified. The two associated
funerary objects are glass beads.
    In 1930, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from a midden at site 16, Tauxtvik, Hawkins Island, AK during
excavations conducted under the auspices of the University of
Pennsylvania Museum by Dr. Frederica de Laguna. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on material culture, the sites listed above have been
identified as historic period occupations (post-1780 AD).
    In 1930, human remains representing a minimum of seven individuals
were recovered from site 14, the East Point, Palugvik Village, Hawkins
Island, AK during excavations conducted under the auspices of the
University of Pennsylvania Museum by Dr. Frederica de Laguna. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    Based on material culture, the East Point site has been determined
to date to the Prehistoric Phases, Palugvik 1 and 2 (c. 200-750 AD).
Palugvik is known to have been the principal village of one of eight
traditional tribes of the Chugach, the Shallow Water People. Oral
tradition and material culture of this site suggest that the Palugvik
site is ancestral to present-day Native Chugach villages.
    In 1933, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from a grave in Palu:tat Cave, site 44, on an island in Long Bay near
the Columbia Glacier, AK during excavations conducted under the
auspices of the University of Pennsylvania Museum by Dr. Frederica de
Laguna. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    Based on material culture, site 44 has been determined to date to
the Prehistoric Phases, Palugvik 3 and 4 (c. 750-1500 AD). Palu:tat
Cave is known to have been an important burial cave within the
territory of one of eight traditional tribes of the Chugach, the
Kiniklik. Oral tradition and material culture suggest that Palu:tat
Cave is ancestral to present-day Native Chugach people.
    In 1930, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from a shell midden at site 2, Paingwashaq, at the entrance to
Constantine Harbor, Hinchinbrook Island, AK during excavations
conducted under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania Museum
by Dr. Frederica de Laguna. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on material culture, this midden at site 2 has been dated to
the Prehistoric Phases, Palugvik 3 and 4 (c. 750-1500 AD). The western
end of Hinchinbrook Island, where Painqwashaq is located, is known to
have been the territory of one of the eight traditional tribes of the
Chugach, the Nuchek. Oral tradition and material culture suggest that
Paingwashaq is ancestral to present-day Native Chugach people.
    In 1930 or 1933, human remains representing one individual were
recovered from an unknown site in the Prince William Sound Region, AK
during excavations conducted under the auspices of the University of
Pennsylvania Museum by Dr. Frederica de Laguna. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    Based on original accession information, all the above individuals
have been identified as Native American. Geographical locations,
continuities of material culture, and historical evidence provided in
consultation with the Chugach Alaska Corporation indicates cultural
affiliation between these human remains and present-day Chugach
peoples.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of Pennsylvania Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of a minimum of 14 individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the University of Pennsylvania Museum have also determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the two objects listed above are
reasonably believed to have been placed with or near individual human
remains at the time of death or later as part of the death rite or
ceremony. Lastly, officials of the University of Pennsylvania Museum
have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a
relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced
between these Native American human remains and associated funerary
objects and the Chugach Alaska Corporation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Chugach Alaska
Corporation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and
associated funerary objects should contact Dr. Jeremy Sabloff, the
Williams Director, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and
Anthropology, 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324;
telephone: (215) 898-4051, fax (215) 898-0657, before November 17,
1999. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects
to the Chugach Alaska Corporation may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
Dated: October 1, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Manager, Archeology and
Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-27122 Filed 10-15-99; 8:45 am]
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