[Federal Register: July 11, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 133)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the Alaska State
Museum, Juneau, AK, and in the Control of the U.S. Department of the
Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office, 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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the Alaska State Museum, Juneau,
AK, and in the control of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau
of Land Management, Alaska State Office, Anchorage, AK.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice. A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the
Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office and the Alaska State
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of the
Kenaitze Indian Tribe and Seldovia Village Tribe.In 1956, human remains
representing a minimum of one individual were removed from Halibut
Cove, Kachemak Bay, AK, during legally authorized work by archeologist
Joel M. Moss. Mr. Moss donated the remains to the Alaska State Museum
the same year. The human remains are estimated to date to the 19th
century or earlier. No known individual was identified. The single
associated funerary object is a stone lamp.Based on cranial morphology,
stratigraphy, and an associated funerary object, this individual has
been identified as Native American. Based on geographic location, this
individual is affiliated with Athabaskan culture and, specifically,
with the Athabaskan tribe represented by the Seldovia Village Tribe.
This determination of cultural affiliation is based upon the continuity
of Native American occupation in the Kachemak Bay, AK, area and
verification by representatives of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe that
Kachemak Bay is within the traditional territory of the Tainana
Athabaskans. Members of the Seldovia Village Tribe report use of the
Kachemak Bay area by their ancestors.Based on the above-mentioned
information, officials of the Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State
Office 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. Officials of the Bureau of Land
Management, Alaska State Office also have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the one object listed above is 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 Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship
of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between these
Native American human remains and tribes represented by the Seldovia
Village Tribe.This notice has been sent to officials of the Kenaitze
Indian Tribe and the Seldovia Village Tribe. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains should contact Dr. Robert E. King, Alaska
State NAGPRA Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, 222 West 7th
Avenue, Number 13, Anchorage, AK 99513-7599, telephone (907) 271-5510,
before August 12, 2002. Repatriation of the human remains and
associated funerary object to the Seldovia Village Tribe may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated:April 25, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-17430 Filed 7-10-02; 8:45 am]
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