[Federal Register: April 10, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 69)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Chugach National
Forest, 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, 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3),
of the intent to repatriate cultural items in the possession of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Chugach National
Forest, Anchorage, AK, that meet the definition of ``unassociated
funerary objects'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the cultural
items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    The 33 cultural items are a dehydrated duck head, 2 pieces of
damask fabric, 6 pieces of mammal leather, 3 sea mammal bones, and 21
hand-hewn wooden planks.
    In 1980, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs,
and U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Cooperative
Park Studies Unit archeologists conducted a survey of the Palutat Cave
site, Prince William Sound, AK. The human remains that were removed
from burials during the survey were reinterred near the original burial
location in 1990 through a cooperative effort of the Forest Service,
Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Chugach Alaska Corporation. Cultural
items that were collected during the survey in 1980 and are associated
with these burials, but were not reinterred in 1990, are a dehydrated
duck head, 2 pieces of damask fabric, 6 pieces of mammal leather, 3 sea
mammal bones, and 21 hand-hewn wooden planks.
    Knowledge of Palutat Cave derives from the work of Edmond Meany,
who visited the site in 1902, and especially the work of Frederica de
Laguna, whose investigations in 1933 are the primary source of
archeological information about the site. Based on archeological
evidence and on the large number of human remains found there, Palutat
Cave is identified as a significant prehistoric Chugach/Sugpiaq site.
Chugach National Forest is not in possession or control of human
remains from this burial site.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of Chugach
National Forest have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2)(ii), these 33 cultural items 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 and are believed, by a
preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from specific
burial sites of Native American individuals. Officials of Chugach
National Forest also have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e),
there is a relationship of shared group identity that can reasonably be
traced between these unassociated funerary objects and the Native
Village of Chenega and Native Village of Tatitlek, which are
represented by Chugach Alaska Corporation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Chugach Alaska
Corporation, Chenega Corporation, Native Village of Chenega, Tatitlek
Corporation, Native Village of Tatitlek, English Bay Corporation,
Native Village of Nanwalek, Port Graham Corporation, Native Village of
Port Graham, Eyak Corporation, and Native Village of Eyak.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these unassociated funerary objects should
contact Linda Finn Yarborough, Forest Archeologist, Chugach National
Forest, 3301 C Street,

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Suite 300, Anchorage, AK 99503, telephone (907) 743-9511, facsimile
(907) 743-9477, before May 10, 2002. Repatriation of these unassociated
funerary objects to the Chugach Alaska Corporation may begin after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: February 21, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-8627 Filed 4-9-02; 8:45 am]
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