[Federal Register: February 2, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 23)]
[Page 3944]
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Notice of Inventory Completion of Human Remains in the Possession
of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice


    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d), of the completion of an
inventory for Native American human remains from Little Diomede Island,
Alaska, currently in the possession of the Anchorage Museum of History
and Art, Anchorage, AK.
    A detailed inventory and assessment has been made by members of the
professional staff of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in
consultation with representatives of the Inalik Native Corporation.
    Limited provenience information indicates this human remain was
excavated from a cemetery on Little Diomede Island. In 1970, Ms. Helen
McCullen donated the human remains to the Anchorage Museum of History
and Art.
    The human remains consist of one skull fragment representing one
individual. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary
objects are present.
    The Inalik Native Corporation represents the villages of Little
Diomede Island for repatriation purposes. The Inalik Native Corporation
has identified the island as the traditional occupation territory for
the Little Diomede Islanders since pre-contact times. There is no
evidence to indicate otherwise.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
Anchorage Museum of History and Art have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.10 (b)(1)(i), the human remains listed above represent the
physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. Museum
officials have further determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001
(a)(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity which can be
reasonably traced between the human remains and the Inalik Native
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Inalik Native
Corporation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe or Native
Alaskan village or corporation which believes itself to be culturally
affiliated with the human remains should contact Patricia B. Wolf,
Museum Director, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, 121 W. 7th
Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska, 99501, telephone (907) 343-4326, fax (907)
343-6149 before March 4, 1996. Repatriation of the human remains to the
Inalik Native Corporation may begin after this date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: January 29, 1996
Veletta Canouts
Deputy Chief, Archeology and Ethnography Program
[FR Doc. 96-2161 Filed 2-1-96; 8:45 am]

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