[Federal Register: June 11, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 112)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from Prince William Sound, AK in the Possession of the Department of
Anthropology, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

AGENCY: National Park Service

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 from
Prince William Sound, AK, in the possession of the Department of
Anthropology, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Department
of Anthropology professional staff in consultation with representatives
of the Chugach Alaska Corporation.
    In 1902, human remains were recovered from Billy's Hole cave on an
island in Prince William Sound, AK, by Edmond S. Meany. During the
1970s, human remains representing a minimum of two individuals from
this site were transferred to the Department of Anthropology at Central
Washington University. No known individuals were identified. No
associated funerary objects are present.
    Archeological and ethnographic evidence from the islands of Prince
William Sound, including manner of internment, continuity of
technology, and cultural items indicate continuous occupation by the
same communities from the precontact period to the present. Oral
tradition presented by the representatives of the Chugach Alaska
Corporation also supports Chugach occupation of this area throughout
this period.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
Department of Anthropology, Central Washington University have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains
listed above represent the physical remains of a minimum of two
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Department of
Anthropology, Central Washington University have also 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 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 these human remains should
contact Steven Hackenberger, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Central
Washington University, 400 E. 8th Ave., Ellensburg, WA 98926-7544;
telephone: (509) 963-3201, fax (509) 963-3215 , before July 11, 1997.
Repatriation of the human remains to the Chugach Alaska Corporation may
begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: June 3, 1997.

    Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-15228 Filed; 6-10-97 8:45 am]
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