FR Doc E7-14576
[Federal Register: July 30, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 145)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological 
Repository, Kodiak, AK

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of 
Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, Kodiak, AK. The human 
remains were most likely removed from the Kodiak Archipelago, AK.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Alutiiq 
Museum and Archaeological Repository professional staff in consultation 
with representatives of Native Village of Akhiok, Akhiok-Kaguyak, Inc., 
and Koniag, Inc.
    In the late 1960s, a cranium was purchased by Mr. Hass in a Kodiak 
bar. It is believed that the cranium was removed from Tugidak Island, 
at the southern end of the Kodiak Island archipelago, AK, by an unknown 
individual. In May of 1996, Mrs. Hass, the former wife of Mr. Hass, 
relinquished the human remains to the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological 
Repository to determine cultural affiliation and for repatriation 
(number AM238). No known individual was identified. No associated 
funerary objects are present.
    In 1996, Dr. William Bergen, a physical anthropologist, examined 
the cranium and determined it is archeological and represents the human 
remains of an older, adult, female of Eskimo ancestry. This 
information, and the cranium's most likely Tugidak Island origins, 
suggests that it is the human remains of an ancestral Alutiiq person. 
Specifically, Tugidak Island falls within the area traditionally used 
by the Native Village of Akhiok.
    Officials of the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains 
described above represent the physical remains of one individual of 
Native American ancestry. Officials of the Alutiiq Museum and 
Archaeological Repository also have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that 
can be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains

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and the Native Village of Akhiok, Akhiok-Kaguyak, Inc., and Koniag, 
Inc.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Dr. Sven 
Haakanson, Jr., Executive Director, Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological 
Repository, 215 Mission Rd., Suite 101, Kodiak, AK 99615, telephone 
(907) 486-7004, before August 29, 2007. Repatriation of the human 
remains to the Native Village of Akhiok, Akhiok-Kaguyak, Inc., and 
Koniag, Inc. may proceed after that date if no additional claimants 
come forward.
    Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository is responsible for 
notifying the Native Village of Akhiok, Akhiok-Kaguyak, Inc., and 
Koniag, Inc. that this notice has been published.

    Dated: June 27, 2007
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E7-14576 Filed 7-27-07; 8:45 am]

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