FR Doc 04-13927
[Federal Register: June 21, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 118)]
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[Page 34402]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: The University Museum, University 
of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

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 The 
University Museum, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. The human 
remains were removed from an unknown site presumed to be in Alaska.
    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 Arkansas professional staff in consultation with representatives of 
the Bering Straits Foundation, a nonprofit organization representing 
the interests of the Bering Straits Native Corporation. Representatives 
of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation; Calista Corporation; Koniag, 
Inc.; NANA Regional Corporation; and North Slope Borough, a 
governmental organization that represents the interests of Arctic Slope 
Regional Corporation, were also invited to consult but did not 
participate.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing one individual were 
recovered from an unknown site presumed to be in Alaska. The human 
remains had become part of the University of Arkansas collection by 
1960. The human remains consist of a skull and lower jaw of an 
approximately 20- to 34-year-old male. A catalog card identifies the 
human remains as an ``skimo skull.''
    Eskimo, a term of uncertain derivation, was widely used to refer to 
Inupiaq- and Yup'ik-speaking Alaska Native populations of northern and 
western Alaska. Today, Alaska Natives are represented at the local 
level by village councils and corporations and at the regional level by 
regional corporations. The regional corporations with sizeable Inupiaq 
and Yup'ik populations are the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation; 
Bering Straits Native Corporation; Bristol Bay Native Corporation; 
Calista Corporation; Koniag, Inc.; and NANA Regional Corporation.
    Officials of the University of Arkansas 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 American 
ancestry. Officials of the University of Arkansas 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 Arctic Slope Regional Corporation; 
Bering Straits Native Corporation; Bristol Bay Native Corporation; 
Calista Corporation; Koniag, Inc.; and NANA Regional Corporation.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Mary 
Suter, Curator of Collections, The University Museum, University of 
Arkansas, Museum Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701, telephone (479) 575-
3456, before July 21, 2004. Repatriation of the human remains to the 
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation; Bering Straits Native Corporation; 
Bristol Bay Native Corporation; Calista Corporation; Koniag, Inc.; and 
NANA Regional Corporation may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward.
    The University of Arkansas is responsible for notifying the Arctic 
Slope Regional Corporation; Bering Straits Foundation; Bering Straits 
Native Corporation; Bristol Bay Native Corporation; Calista 
Corporation; Koniag, Inc.; NANA Reugional Corporation; and North Slope 
Borough that this notice has been published.

    Dated: May 11, 2004
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources.
[FR Doc. 04-13927 Filed 6-18-04; 8:45 am]

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