[Federal Register: October 4, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 194)]
[Notices]
[Page 52058]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Shaktoolik, AK, in the Control of the Alaska State Office, Bureau
of Land Management, Anchorage, AK

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), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the
control of the Alaska State Office, Bureau of Land Management,
Anchorage, AK.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Bureau
of Land Management professional staff and University of Alaska Museum
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Native
Village of Shaktoolik.
    In 1945, human remains representing one individual were recovered
without a federal permit from the vicinity of Shaktoolik, AK by Mr.
Simon Newcomb. No known individual was identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    In 1949, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from Nukleet site during legally authorized excavations. No known
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The current population of Shaktoolik appears to desend from earlier
cultural groups who inhabited the general region for a thousand or more
years before the present. The remains are believed to date within this
time period. Oral history evidence presented during consultation with
representatives of the Native Village of Shaktoolik indicate the
Nukleet site is traditionally associated with the Village of
Shaktoolik.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Bureau
of Land Management have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains
of 2 individuals of Native American ancestry. Bureau of Land Managment
officials have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there
is a relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably
traced between these Native American human remains and associated
funerary objects and the Native Village of Shaktoolik.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Native Village of
Shaktoolik. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and
associated funerary objects should contact Dr. Robert E. King, Alaska
State NAGPRA Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, 222 W. 7th Avenue,
#13, Anchorage, AK 99513-7599; telephone: (907) 271-5510, before
November 4, 1996. Repatriation of the human remains to the Native
Village of Shaktoolik may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: September 30, 1996,
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 96-25471 Filed 10-3-96; 8:45 am]
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