[Federal Register: June 18, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 117)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects in the Possession of the American
Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

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 (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects in the possession of the American Museum of Natural
History, New York, NY.
     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 these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects. The National
Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this
notice.
     A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by American
Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with
representatives of Native Village of Barrow Inupiat Traditional
Government and Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation.
     In 1912, human remains representing a minimum of 121 individuals
were collected by Vilhjalmur Stefansson from Point Barrow, North Slope
Borough, AK, during an American Museum of Natural History expedition.
No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects
are present.
     In 1912, human remains representing a minimum of one individual
were collected by Vilhajlmur Stefansson from Birnirk, three miles
northeast of Barrow, North Slope Borough, AK, during an American Museum
of Natural History expedition. No known individual was identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
     These individuals have been identified as Native American based on
geographic information and documentation at the American Museum of
Natural History. Consultation with tribal representatives, geographic
location, and documentation at the American Museum of Natural History
suggest that a relationship exists between contemporary inhabitants of
the Native Village of Barrow Inupiat Traditional Government and these
human remains from Point Barrow, AK, and Birnirk, AK.
     Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
American Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of a minimum of 122 individuals of Native American ancestry.
Officials of the American Museum of Natural History also have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship
of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between these
Native American human remains and the Native Village of Barrow Inupiat
Traditional Government and Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation.
     This notice has been sent to officials of the Native Village of
Barrow Inupiat Traditional Government and Ukpeagvik Inupiat
Corporation. Representatives of

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any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these human remains should contact Elaine Guthrie, Acting Director
of Cultural Resources, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park
West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192, telephone (212) 769-5835,
before July 18, 2002. Repatriation of the human remains to the Native
Village of Barrow Inupiat Traditional Government and Ukpeagvik Inupiat
Corporation may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.

    Dated: April 25, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-15293 Filed 6-17-02; 8:45 am]
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