[Federal Register: December 4, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 234)]
[Page 64363]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Notice of Inventory Completion of Native American Human Remains
From the Island of Lana'i in the Possession of the Bernice Pauahi
Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d), of
the completion of the inventory of human remains from the Island of
Lana'i in the possession of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum Honolulu,
    A detailed inventory and assessment of these human remains has been
made by Bishop Museum's professional staff and representatives of Hui
Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Hui Malama Pono O Lana'i, Native Hawaiian organizations under 25 U.S.C.
3001 (11).
    The human remains were found at various times and locations on the
island of Lana'i. About 1954, a small clipping of hair was recovered
from a non-burial site in Maunalei Gulch by Bishop Museum
anthropologist Kenneth P. Emory. In 1957, George V. Whisenand donated a
cloth bundle from Lana'i one human tooth to the Bishop Museum. At an
unknown date, an anonymous source donated one human tooth from an
unknown location on Lana'i.
    No known individuals were identified. No attempt was made to
determine the age of these human remains at the request of Hui Malama
Pono O Lana'i. The geographic location of the human remains from
Maunalei Gulch is consistent with documented Hawaiian occupation of the
area. Inclusion of Native Hawaiian remains in bundles is historically
and ethnographically documented. Officials of the Bishop Museum feel
that the single tooth from the unknown location on Lana'i is more than
likely Native Hawaiian.
    Based on the above information, officials of Bishop Museum have
determined, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), that the human remains
listed above represent the physical remains of three individuals of
Native American ancestry. Officials of Bishop Museum have determined
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2) that there is a relationship of shared
group identity which can be reasonably traced between these remains and
present-day members of Hui Malama Pono O Lana'i, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna
'O Hawai'i Nei and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    This notice has been sent to Hui Mlama Pono O Lna'i, Hawaiian Civic
Club of Lana'i, the Maui / Lana'i Island Burial Council, Hui Malama I
Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Representatives of any Native Hawaiian organization which believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains should
contact Janet Ness, Registrar, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, 1525
Bernice Street, Honolulu, Hawai'i, 96817-0916, 808-848-4105, before
January 3, 1997. Repatriation of the human remains to representatives
of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei, the Office of Hawaiian
Affairs and Hui Malama Pono O Lana'i may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
Dated: November 22, 1996.
Richard C. Waldbauer,
Acting, Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Acting Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program
[FR Doc. 96-30820 Filed 12-3-96; 8:45 am]

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