FR Doc E8-14227[Federal Register: June 24, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 122)]
[Notices]               
[Page 35710]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: University of Hawai'i at Hilo, 
Department of Anthropology, Hilo, HI

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 and 
control of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Department of 
Anthropology, Hilo, HI. The human remains were removed from Hawai'i 
Island, HI.
    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 University 
of Hawai'i at Hilo professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Hawai'i Island Burial council, Hui Malama I Na 
Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    In the late 1970s or early 1980s, human remains representing a 
minimum of one individual were removed from an unknown shoreline 
location near the old Kona Airport in the North Kona District, Hawai'i 
Island, HI. An unknown student delivered the human remains to faculty 
in the anthropology department at that time. No known individual was 
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The human remains are heavily weathered and come from an area where 
shoreline erosion of Native Hawaiian human remains is well documented. 
Property ownership in the area includes both State land and private 
land and it is unclear where the human remains originated. Based on the 
lack of definitive information of removal and location, the University 
of Hawai'i at Hilo has proceeded as the responsible entity.
    Officials of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of one individual of Native 
Hawaiian ancestry. Officials of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo 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 Hawaiian human remains and Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O 
Hawai'i Nei and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    Representatives of any other Native Hawaiian Organization or Indian 
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human 
remains should contact Peter R. Mills, Department of Anthropology, 
Social Sciences Division, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, 200 West 
Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720-4091, telephone (808) 974-7465, before 
July 24, 2008. Repatriation of the human remains jointly to the Hui 
Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei and Office of Hawaiian Affairs may 
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The University of Hawai'i at Hilo is responsible for notifying the 
Hawai'i Island Burial council, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, 
and Office of Hawaiian Affairs that this notice has been published.

    Dated: May 30, 2008
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E8-14227 Filed 6-23-08; 8:45 am]

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