FR Doc E7-16781
[Federal Register: August 24, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 164)]
[Notices]               
[Page 48666-48667]
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: Alaska State Office of History 
and Archaeology, Anchorage, AK, and Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological 
Repository, Kodiak, AK

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 control of the 
Alaska State Office of History and Archaeology, Anchorage, AK and in 
the possession of the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, 
Kodiak, AK. The human remains were removed from Pasagshak Point site 
(49-KOD-00213), 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.

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    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made on behalf of 
the Alaska State Office of History and Archaeology by Alutiiq Museum 
and Archaeological Repository professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of Natives of Kodiak, Inc.; Koniag, Inc.; Leisnoi, 
Inc.; Lesnoi Village (aka Woody Island); and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak 
(formerly the Shoonaq' Tribe of Kodiak).
    In September 1992, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from the Pasagshak Point site (49-KOD-00213), 
Kodiak Island, AK, by Dr. Richard Knecht. Dr. Knecht took the human 
remains to the Kodiak Area Native Association's Alutiiq Culture Center. 
In 1995, the human remains were transferred to the Alutiiq Museum and 
Archaeological Repository where they are currently stored (number 
AM63). No known individual was identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    The Pasagshak Point archeological site is on State of Alaska land. 
The Pashagshak Point site is a prehistoric settlement at the mouth of 
Ugak Bay on the southeastern coast of the Kodiak archipelago. The site 
has deep, well-preserved midden that dates to the Koniag Tradition, the 
cultural phase that directly preceded European contact. As such, the 
human remains from the site are presumed to be Native American and most 
closely related to the contemporary Kodiak Alutiiq people. 
Specifically, the human remains are from an area of the Kodiak 
archipelago traditionally used by members of the Lesnoi Village (aka 
Woody Island) and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak.
    Officials of the Alaska State Office of History and Archaeology and 
Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository 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 Alaska State Office of History and 
Archaeology and the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository 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 Natives of Kodiak, Inc.; 
Koniag, Inc.; Leisnoi, Inc.; Lesnoi Village (aka Woody Island); and 
Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. Sven 
Haakanson, Jr., Executive Director, Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological 
Repository, 215 Mission Rd., Suite 101, Kodiak, AK 99615, telephone 
(907) 486-7004, before September 24, 2007. Repatriation of the human 
remains to the Natives of Kodiak, Inc.; Koniag, Inc.; Leisnoi, Inc.; 
Lesnoi Village (aka Woody Island); and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak may 
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository is responsible for 
notifying Natives of Kodiak, Inc.; Koniag, Inc.; Leisnoi, Inc.; Lesnoi 
Village (aka Woody Island); and Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak that this notice 
has been published.

    Dated: August 3, 2007
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E7-16781 Filed 8-23-07; 8:45 am]

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