[Federal Register: October 4, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 194)]
[Notices]
[Page 52059-52060]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion of Native American Human Remains
from the Island of Maui in the Possession of the University Museum,
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

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, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d), of
the completion of the inventory of human remains from the Island of
Maui in the possession of the University Museum, University of
Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
    A detailed inventory and assessment of these human remains has been
made by museum staff and representatives of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O
Hawai'i Nei.
    The human remains consist of a skull without lower jaw (identified
as ``probable male'') and a lower jaw (identified as ``probable
female''). The museum purchased these human remains in 1951 from Ward's
Natural Science supply company. An accompanying tag identifies the
human remains as ``ancient'' Hawaiians found buried in sand above the
high water mark on Waihee Beach, Maui Island. A representative of Hui
Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei has identified Waihe'e dune as a well
known place for pre-contact Native Hawaiian burials. Inventory of the
human remains and review of the accompanying documentation indicates
that no known individuals are identifiable.
    Based on the above information, officials of the University Museum
have determined, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), that the human remains
listed above represent the physical remains of

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two individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of museum have
determined pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2) that there is a relationship
of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced between these
remains and present-day members of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i
Nei.
    This notice has been sent to Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei,
the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Maui / Lana'i Island Burial
Council. Representatives of any Native Hawaiian organization which
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
should contact Dr. Michael P. Hoffman, University Museum, University of
Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, telephone: (501) 575-3855, before
November 4, 1996. Repatriation of the human remains to Hui Malama I Na
Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: September 30, 1996
Francis P. McManamon
Departmental Consulting Archeologist
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program
[FR Doc. 96-25474 Filed 10-3-96; 8:45 am]
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