[Federal Register: March 4, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 42)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
From the Area of Teller, AK, in the Possession of the University of
Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains from the
area of Teller, AK, in the possession of University of Alaska Museum,
Fairbanks, AK.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University
of Alaska Museum professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Native Village of Teller and the Bering Straits
Foundation.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing three individuals
were recovered from unknown sites in the Teller, AK area by unknown
individual(s). The human remains were donated to the Anthropology
Department at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and accessioned by
the University Museum in 1993. No known individuals were identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    Archeological and ethnographic evidence indicates the general
region of Teller, AK, shows a continuity of cultural occupation from
around 900 A.D. to the present. Oral history presented by
representatives of the Native Village of Teller supports this cultural
continuity between this region and the present-day Native Village of
Teller. Oral history evidence provided by Teller elders says that this
area was used for Teller burials.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of Alaska Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of three individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of
the University of Alaska Museum have also determined that, pursuant to
25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity
which can be reasonably traced between these Native American human
remains and the Native Village of Teller.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Native Village of
Teller and the Bering Straits Foundation. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these human remains should contact Gary Selinger, Special Projects
Manager, University of Alaska Museum, 907 Yukon Drive, Fairbanks, AK
99775-1200; telephone: (907) 474-6117, before April 3, 1997.
Repatriation of the human remains to the Native Village of Teller may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

Dated: February 24, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-5216 Filed 3-3-97; 8:45 am]
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