FR Doc E7-14577
[Federal Register: July 30, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 145)]
[Notices]               
[Page 41520-41521]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological 
Repository, Kodiak, AK

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of 
Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, Kodiak, AK. The human 
remains were removed from unknown locations in the Kodiak Archipelago, 
AK.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Alutiiq 
Museum and Archaeological Repository professional staff in consultation 
with representatives of the Afognak Native Corporation; Native Village 
of Afognak (formerly the Village of Afognak); Native Village of Akhiok; 
Akhiok-Kaguyak, Inc.; Native Village of Karluk; Natives of Kodiak, 
Inc.; Koniag, Inc.; Native Village of Larsen Bay; Lesnoi Village (aka 
Woody Island); Old Harbor Native Corporation; Village of Old Harbor; 
Ouzinkie Native Corporation; Native Village of Ouzinkie; Native Village 
of Port Lions; and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak (formerly the Shoonaq' Tribe 
of Kodiak).
    In 1995, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were transferred to the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository 
from Kodiak Area Native Association's Alutiiq Culture Center (number 
AM61). Information regarding the collection of the human remains is 
unknown, although it is likely that the human remains were removed from 
the Kodiak region. No known individual was identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    In 1995, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were transferred to the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository 
from the Kodiak Area Native Association's Alutiiq Culture Center 
(numbers AM 110:217 and AM 110:255). Information regarding the 
collection of the human remains is unknown. No known individual was 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    In February of 1999, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were turned into the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological 
Repository by an unknown individual. Information regarding the 
collection of the human remains is unknown. No known individual was 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    A review of the human remains suggests they are archeological. 
Humic staining and worn dentition with no evidence of modern dentistry 
suggest prehistoric individuals, likely from one of Kodiak's many 
archeological sites. Archeological data indicate that modern Alutiiqs 
evolved from archeologically documented societies of the Kodiak region 
and can trace their ancestry back over 7,500 years in the region. As 
such, the human remains are likely Native American and most closely 
affiliated with the modern Kodiak Alutiiq people. Kodiak Alutiiq people 
are members of the Afognak Native Corporation; Native Village of 
Afognak (formerly the Village of Afognak); Native Village of Akhiok; 
Akhiok-Kaguyak, Inc.; Native Village of Karluk; Natives of Kodiak, 
Inc.; Koniag, Inc.; Native Village of Larsen Bay; Lesnoi Village (aka 
Woody Island); Old Harbor Native Corporation; Village of Old Harbor; 
Ouzinkie Native Corporation; Native Village of Ouzinkie; Native Village 
of Port Lions; and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak (formerly the Shoonaq' Tribe 
of Kodiak).
    Officials of the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains 
described above represent the physical remains of a minimum of three 
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Alutiiq 
Museum and Archaeological Repository also have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group 
identity that can be reasonably traced between the Native American 
human remains and the Afognak Native Corporation; Native Village of 
Afognak (formerly the Village of Afognak); Native Village of Akhiok; 
Akhiok-Kaguyak, Inc.; Native Village of Karluk; Natives of Kodiak, 
Inc.; Koniag, Inc.; Native Village of Larsen Bay; Lesnoi Village (aka 
Woody Island); Old Harbor Native Corporation; Village of Old Harbor; 
Ouzinkie Native Corporation; Native Village of Ouzinkie; Native Village 
of Port Lions; and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak (formerly the Shoonaq' Tribe 
of Kodiak).
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. Sven 
Haakanson, Jr., Executive Director, Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological 
Repository, 215 Mission Rd., Suite 101, Kodiak, AK 99615, telephone 
(907) 486-7004, before August 29, 2007. Repatriation of the human 
remains to the Afognak Native Corporation; Native Village of Afognak 
(formerly the Village of Afognak); Native Village of Akhiok; Akhiok-
Kaguyak, Inc.; Native Village of Karluk; Natives of Kodiak, Inc.; 
Koniag, Inc.; Native Village of Larsen Bay; Lesnoi Village (aka Woody 
Island); Old Harbor Native Corporation; Village of Old Harbor; Ouzinkie 
Native Corporation; Native Village of Ouzinkie; Native Village of Port 
Lions; and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak (formerly the Shoonaq' Tribe of 
Kodiak) may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository is responsible for 
notifying the Afognak Native Corporation; Native Village of Afognak 
(formerly the Village of Afognak); Native Village of Akhiok; Akhiok-
Kaguyak, Inc.; Native Village of Karluk; Natives of Kodiak, Inc.; 
Koniag, Inc.; Native Village of Larsen Bay; Lesnoi Village (aka Woody 
Island); Old Harbor Native Corporation; Village of Old Harbor; Ouzinkie 
Native Corporation; Native Village of Ouzinkie; Native Village of Port 
Lions; and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak (formerly the Shoonaq' Tribe of 
Kodiak) that this notice has been published.


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    Dated: June 27, 2007.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E7-14577 Filed 7-27-07; 8:45 am]

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