[Federal Register: January 14, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 10)]
[Notices]
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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 611th Air
Support Group, United States Air Force, Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK

AGENCY: National Park Service

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 611th Air Support Group, United
States Air Force, Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the W.H.
Over Museum, South Dakota State Archeological Research Center, and
611th Air Support Group, USAF professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Aleut Corporation, and the Pribilof Islands
Aleut Communities of St. Paul and St. George Islands.
    In 1943, human remains representing one individual were uncovered
during a legally authorized runway construction project on Shemya
Island, AK conducted by Mr. C.B. Kimbrough, a contracted civil engineer
with the Baker Engineering Company, Rochester, PA. In 1944, these human
remains were donated by Mr. Kinbrough to the Dakota Museum, University
of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (now known as the W.H. Over Museum). No
known individual was identified. The 32 associated funerary objects
include stone projectile points and animal bone tools related to sea
and land hunting and fishing.
    Based on the geographic location and material culture, this
individual has been identified as Native American, most likely
affiliated with the Aleut culture. The determination of cultural
affiliation has been based upon the relative geographic isolation of
Shemya Island, archeological evidence from the Shemya Island region,
past and present Aleut oral tradition, historical evidence, and expert
anthropological opinion. These forms of evidence all indicate that
Aleut people were the sole pre-contact (pre-1741 A.D.) occupants of
Shemya Island.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the 611th
Air Force Group, USAF 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 611th
Air Force Group, USAF have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(2), the 32 objects listed above are reasonably believed to
have been placed with or near individual human remains at the time of
death or later as part of the death rite or ceremony. Lastly, officials
of the 611th Air Force Group, USAF have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (e), 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 Aleut Corporation, and the
Pribilof Islands Aleut Communities of St. Paul and St. George Islands.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Aleut Corporation,
and the Pribilof Islands Aleut Communities of St. Paul and St. George
Islands. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with these human remains and associated
funerary objects should contact Captain Christopher A. Pleiman,
Cultural Resources Manager, 611th Air Support Group, U.S. Air Force,
6900 9th Street, Ste. 360, Elmendorf AFB, AK 99506-2270; telephone:
(907) 552-7442, before February 14, 2000. Repatriation of the human
remains and associated funerary objects to the Aleut Corporation, and
the Pribilof Islands Aleut Communities of St. Paul and St. George
Islands may begin after that date

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if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: December 20, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 00-907 Filed 1-13-00; 8:45 am]
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