[Federal Register: March 30, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 62)]
[Page 16960-16961]
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National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item from the Kachemak
Bay Region, AK in the Possession of the University of Alaska Museum,
Fairbanks, AK

AGENCY: National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice.


    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3), of the intent to repatriate
a cultural item from the Prince William Sound and Kachemak Bay Regions,
AK in the possession of the University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK
which meets the definition of ``unassociated funerary object'' under
Section 2 of the Act.
    The one cultural item consists of worked bone.
    In 1931, this cultural item was recovered near a burial on
Cottonwood Creek, AK during excavations conducted by Frederica de
Laguna of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. In 1953, this cultural
item was sent to the University of Alaska Museum from the University of
Pennsylvania Museum as part of an exchange collection. The human
remains recovered with this cultural item have previously been
repatriated from the University of Pennsylvania.
    Based on material culture, the Cotton Wood Creek site has been
identified as Kachemak Bay period (c. 1500 A.D.) Chugach occupations.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of Alaska Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(2)(ii), this one cultural item is reasonably believed to have
been placed with or near individual human remains at the time of death
or later as part of the death rite or ceremony and are believed, by a
preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from a specific
burial site of an Native American individual.

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Officials of the University of Alaska Museum have also determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group
identity which can be reasonably traced between this item and the
Chugach Alaska Corporation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Chugach Alaska
Corporation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with this object should contact Gary
Selinger, Special Projects Manager, University of Alaska Museum, 907
Yukon Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99775-1200; telephone: (907) 474-6117, fax:
(907) 474-5469 before May 1, 2000. Repatriation of this object to the
Chugach Alaska Corporation may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 23, 2000.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Manager, Archeology and
Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 00-7846 Filed 3-29-00 8:45 am]

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