[Federal Register: July 11, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 133)]
[Notices]
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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 American
Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

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 in the possession of
the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.
    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 American
Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Hawai'i Island Burial Council, Hui Malama I Na
Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei, Kaua'i/Ni'ihau Island Burial Council, Maui/
Lana'i Island Burial Council, Moloka'i Island Burial Council, O'ahu
Island Burial Council, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    In an unknown year, human remains representing a minimum of one

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individual were collected by an unknown person from ``Sandwich
Islands.'' The American Museum of Natural History received these
remains in 1929 as a gift from Jessie Y. Loomis in the name of Earnest
Yates Loomis, deceased. The American Museum of Natural History's
documentation states that these human remains had been held by the
American Institute of Phrenology, but it does not indicate whether Mr.
or Mrs. Loomis was a member of the American Institute of Phrenology.
The American Museum of Natural History has no information regarding the
American Institute of Phrenology's acquisition of these remains. No
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are
present.
    In an unknown year, human remains representing a minimum of one
individual were collected by an unknown person and identified as a
``Sandwich Islander from Kahahlooa.'' The American Museum of Natural
History received these remains in 1929 as a gift from Jessie Y. Loomis
in the name of Earnest Yates Loomis, deceased. The American Museum of
Natural History's documentation states that these human remains had
been held by the American Institute of Phrenology, but it does not
indicate whether Mr. or Mrs. Loomis was a member of the American
Institute of Phrenology. American Museum of Natural History
documentation indicates that, in 1867, these remains were in the
possession of John Butler, Esq. The American Museum of Natural History
has no information regarding the American Institute of Phrenology's or
Mr. Butler's acquisition of these remains. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    These individuals have been identified as Native Hawaiian based on
the American Museum of Natural History's documentation describing each
as a ``Sandwich Islander.'' Sandwich Islands is a former name of the
Hawaiian Islands. Archeological, biological, geographic, linguistic,
and consultation evidence indicate a lengthy Native Hawaiian occupation
of the Hawaiian Islands. The geographic location reported for the human
remains is consistent with the traditional territory of Native
Hawaiians, represented here by the Hawai'i Island Burial Council, Hui
Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei, Kaua'i/Ni'ihau Island Burial
Council, Maui/Lana'i Island Burial Council, Moloka'i Island Burial
Council, O'ahu Island Burial Council, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the American
Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of a minimum of two individuals of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Officials
of the American Museum of Natural History also 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 Hawaiian
human remains and the Hawai'i Island Burial Council, Hui Malama I Na
Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei, Kaua'i/Ni'ihau Island Burial Council, Maui/
Lana'i Island Burial Council, Moloka'i Island Burial Council, O'ahu
Island Burial Council, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hawai'i Island Burial
Council, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei, Kaua'i/Ni'ihau Island
Burial Council, Maui/Lana'i Island Burial Council, Moloka'i Island
Burial Council, O'ahu Island Burial Council, and Office of Hawaiian
Affairs. Representatives of any other Native Hawaiian organization that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
should contact Elaine Guthrie, Acting Director of Cultural Resources,
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street,
New York, NY 10024-5192, telephone (212) 769-5835, before August 12,
2002. Repatriation of the human remains to the Hawai'i Island Burial
Council, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei, Kaua'i/Ni'ihau Island
Burial Council, Maui/Lana'i Island Burial Council, Moloka'i Island
Burial Council, O'ahu Island Burial Council, and Office of Hawaiian
Affairs may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.

    Dated: June 18, 2002
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-17415 Filed 7-10-02; 8:45 am]
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