[Federal Register: April 10, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 69)]
[Notices]
[Page 17461-17462]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Control of
the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Chugach National
Forest, Anchorage, AK, and in the Possession of the Chugach National
Forest and the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 43 CFR 10.10 (a) (3), of the intent to repatriate
cultural items in the control of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Forest Service, Chugach National Forest, Anchorage, AK, and in the
possession of the Chugach National Forest and the Anchorage Museum of
History and Art, Anchorage, AK, which meet the definition of
``unassociated funerary objects'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    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 the cultural
items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    The 1,672 objects are 1,651 glass trade beads, 19 dentalia shell
beads, and 2 ivory hand-shaped pendants.
    In 1988, these cultural items were recovered with a burial at the
Uqciuvit site at the western end of Esther Passage, AK, during a
legally authorized excavation project contracted by Chugach National
Forest. Uqciuvit is a prehistoric/early historic period Chugach Eskimo
settlement in Prince William Sound. Based on archeological evidence,
these cultural items from the Uqciuvit site have been dated to the
early historic period, and specifically to the late 18th century. The
human remains recovered from the burial were reinterred near their
original burial location in 1988. Chugach National Forest is not in
possession of the human remains from this burial site.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of Chugach
National Forest have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(2)(ii), these 1,672 cultural items listed above are 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 a Native American individual. Officials
of Chugach National Forest 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 unassociated funerary objects and
the members of the Native Village of Chenega and the Native Village of
Tatitlek, which are represented by Chugach Alaska Corporation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Chugach Alaska
Corporation, Chenega Corporation, Native Village of Chenega, Tatitlek
Corporation, Native Village of Tatitlek, English Bay Corporation,
Native Village of Nanwalek, Port Graham Corporation, Native Village of
Port Graham, Eyak Corporation, and Native Village of Eyak.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these unassociated funerary objects should
contact Linda Finn Yarborough, Forest Archeologist, Chugach National
Forest, 3301 C Street, Suite 300, Anchorage, AK 99503, telephone (907)
743-9511, facsimile (907) 743-9477, before May 10, 2002. Repatriation
of these unassociated funerary objects to the Chugach Alaska
Corporation may begin after that date if no additional claimants come
forward.

    Dated: February 13, 2002.
Robert Stearns,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-8626 Filed 4-9-02; 8:45 am]
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