[Federal Register: February 14, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 31)]
[Notices]
[Page 7040-7041]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from Kenai, AK, in the Possession of
the University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK

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), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains and
associated funerary objects in the possession of the University of
Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University
of Alaska Museum professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe.
    In 1960, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from private lands across from the Moose River Bridge and the Sterling
Highway, Kenai, AK by Mr. Frederick Hadleigh-West. No known individual
was identified. The two associated funerary objects include faunal
material and a white clay bead.
    Ethnographic evidence and historical documents indicate the area
surrounding Kenai, AK, are traditionally associated with the Kenaitze
Indian Tribe based on types of associated funerary objects, early
written accounts, and oral history. Consultation evidence presented by
representatives of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe indicates that this site
is located within a known traditional burial area.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
University of Alaska Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical
remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. Officials of the
University of Alaska Museum have also determined that, pursuant to 25
U.S.C. 3001 (3)(A), the two objects 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.
Lastly, officials of the University of Alaska Museum have determined
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared
group identity which can be reasonably traced between these Native
American human remains and associated funerary objects and the Kenaitze
Indian Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Kenaitze Indian
Tribe. Representatives of any other Indian tribe

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that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human
remains and associated funerary objects should contact Gary Selinger,
Special Projects Manager, University of Alaska Museum, 907 Yukon Drive,
Fairbanks, AK 99775-1200; telephone: (907) 474-6117, before March 17,
1997. Repatriation of the human remains and associated funerary objects
to the Kenaitze Indian Tribe may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: January 28, 1997.
Michele C. Aubry,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Archeology and Ethngraphy Program.
[FR Doc. 97-3682 Filed 2-13-97; 8:45 am]
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