[Federal Register: August 20, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 160)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Inventory Completion: Alaska State Office, Bureau of
Land Management, Anchorage, AK; Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological
Repository, Kodiak, AK; and University of Wisconsin Anthropology
Department Curation Facility, Madison, WI

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 under the control of the
Alaska State Office, Bureau of Land Management, Anchorage, AK, and in
the physical custody of the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological
Repository, Kodiak, AK; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and
the University of Wisconsin Anthropology Department Curation Facility,
Madison, WI. The human remains were removed from Sitkalidak Island and
Kodiak Island, 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 the Alaska
State Office, Bureau of Land Management; Alutiiq Museum and
Archaeological Repository; Smithsonian Institution; and University of
Wisconsin Anthropology Department Curation Facility professional staff
in consultation with the Native Village of Old Harbor, Old Harbor
Native Corporation, and Koniag, Inc.
    In 1960, human remains representing a minimum of one individual
were removed from the Rolling Bay site (49-KOD-00101) on Sitkalidak
Island, AK, by Drs. William Laughlin and J.B. Jorgensen. The human
remains are currently at the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological
Repository, Kodiak, AK. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    In 1961, human remains representing a minimum of one individual
were removed from the Rolling Bay site (49-KOD-00101) on Sitkalidak
Island, AK, during excavations in association with Dr. Donald Clark.
The human remains are currently at the Alutiiq Museum and
Archaeological Repository, Kodiak, AK. No known individual was
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    During 1960-1962, human remains representing a minimum of 44
individuals were removed from the Rolling Bay site (49-KOD-00101) on
Sitkalidak Island, AK, during excavations associated with the now-
deceased Dr. William Laughlin. The human remains are currently at the
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. No known individuals were
identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    All the sets of human remains from the Rolling Bay site presently
at the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository and the Smithsonian
Institution had originally been sent, following their excavation, to
the University of Wisconsin's Department of Anthropology for study and
storage, under the care of Dr. William Laughlin. When Dr. Laughlin
later moved to the University of Connecticut at Storrs, he took two
sets of human remains; the other 44 individuals remained at the
University of Wisconsin's Department of Anthropology. In the late
1990s, following Dr. Laughlin's retirement, the two sets of human
remains then at the University of Connecticut at Storrs were
transported to the Museum of the Aleutians in Unalaska, AK, where they
were deposited in the care of archeologist Dr. Richard Knecht. In
approximately 2000, the human remains were sent by Dr. Knecht to the
Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, where they are currently
stored. In 2006, the 44 individuals at the University of Wisconsin's
Department of Anthropology were sent to the Smithsonian Institution,
where they are currently stored.
    In 1963, human remains representing one individual were removed
from the Sitkalidak site (49-KOD-00121) located along Ocean Bay, on
Sitkalidak Island, AK, during excavations by archeologists thought to
be associated with the University of Wisconsin. The human remains are
currently in the University of Wisconsin Department of Anthropology
Curation Facility. No known individual was identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    In 1964 or 1965, human remains representing one individual were
removed from the Saltery Cove 1 site (49-KOD-00062), in the Saltery
Cove region of Kodiak Island, AK, during excavations by archeologists
thought to be associated with the University of Wisconsin. The human
remains are currently in the University of Wisconsin Department of
Anthropology Curation Facility. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    Both sets of human remains from the Sitkalidak and Saltery Cove
sites presently housed at the University of Wisconsin Anthropology
Department Curation Facility had originally been sent, following their
excavation, to the University of Wisconsin Department of Anthropology
for study and storage. They were under the care of Dr. William
Laughlin, and they remained at this facility following his death. In
2008, the human remains were identified and inventoried.
    The Rolling Bay site lies on the coast of Sitkalidak Island on the
southeastern shores of Alaska's Kodiak archipelago. Drs. Laughlin and
Jorgensen visited the site in 1960, and collected eroding human
skeletal remains from prehistoric deposits. Additional archeological
work followed in 1961-1962. Later excavations by Dr. Clark, showed that
the deposits at the Rolling Bay site belong to the Koniag Tradition,
the cultural ancestor of modern Alutiiqs.
    Based on their provenience and condition, the human remains from
the Rolling Bay, the Sitkalidak, and Saltery Cove sites are all
determined to be Native American, and ancestors of the citizens and
shareholders of the Village of Old Harbor, Old Harbor Native
Corporation, and Koniag, Inc.
    Officials of the Alaska State Office, Bureau of Land Management;
Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository; and the University of
Wisconsin Department of Anthropology Curation Facility 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 48

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individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Alaska State
Office, Bureau of Land Management; Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological
Repository; and the University of Wisconsin Department of Anthropology
Curation Facility 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
Village of Old Harbor, Old Harbor Native Corporation, and Koniag, Inc.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr.
Robert E. King, Alaska State NAGPRA Coordinator, Bureau of Land
Management, 222 W. 7th Ave., Box 13, Anchorage, AK 99513-7599,
telephone (907) 271-5510, before September 21, 2009. Repatriation of
the human remains to the Village of Old Harbor, Old Harbor Native
Corporation, or Koniag, Inc. may proceed after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
    The Alaska State Office, Bureau of Land Management is responsible
for notifying the Village of Old Harbor, the Old Harbor Native
Corporation, and Koniag, Inc. that this notice has been published.

    Dated: August 7, 2009.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-19977 Filed 8-19-09; 8:45 am]

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