[Federal Register: September 27, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 188)]
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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 University of 
Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 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 in the possession of the University of Pennsylvania 
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA.
    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 University 
of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology professional 
staff in consultation with representatives of the Native Village of 
Kotzebue.
    In 1895, human remains representing one individual were removed 
from an unknown location on Choris Peninsula in Kotzebue Sound, AK, by 
Mr. Benjamin Sharp. Mr. Sharp collected these human remains for the 
Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and in 1997, the human 
remains were transferred from the Academy of Natural Sciences to the 
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. No 
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    Museum documentation and published sources describe the human 
remains as ``Eskimo'' and date them to the 19th century. Published 
sources and consultation information indicate that the Native Village 
of Kotzebue, which is represented by Kotzebue IRA government, occupied 
the area where the human remains were recovered during the 19th 
century.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the 
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 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 University of Pennsylvania Museum 
of Archaeology and Anthropology 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 American human remains 
and the Native Village of Kotzebue.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Native Village of 
Kotzebue, the Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corporation, and the NANA Regional 
Corporation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes 
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains 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 October 28, 2002. Repatriation of the human 
remains to the Native Village of Kotzebue may begin after that date if 
no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: August 8, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-24625 Filed 9-26-02; 8:45 am]
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