[Federal Register: July 16, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 136)]
[Page 38470-38471]
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National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
in the Possession of the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, DOI.

ACTION: Notice.


    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of
the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Southwest
Museum professional staff in consultation with representatives of the
Organized Village of Kasaan.
    In 1919, human remains representing one individual were recovered
from ``an old Indian graveyard'' at Old Kasaan, AK by Dr. M.A.
Winningham while on a hunting and fishing trip in Alaska. No known
individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are
    In 1946, Dr. Winningham gave these human remains to L.S. Keeton,
and were housed at the L.S. Keeton Museum in Edmonds, WA. In 1985,
these human remains were donated to the Southwest Museum by Mr. and
Mrs. Ivan Curtis (L.S. Keeton was the maternal grandfather of Mr.
Curtis). Ethnographic sources indicate Kasaan village existed at the
time of European contact and was abandoned in 1902, when its
inhabitants were persuaded by the Kasaan Bay Mining Company to move to
the vicinity of the mining operation, which led to the establishment of
the present-day Kasaan.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
Southwest Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1),
the human remains listed above represent the physical remains of one

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of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Southwest 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 these Native American human remains and the Organized Village
of Kasaan.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Organized Village of
Kasaan. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with these human remains should contact Dr.
Duane King, Southwest Museum, P.O. Box 41558, Los Angeles, CA 90041-
0558; telephone: (323) 221-2164, before August 16, 1999. Repatriation
of the human remains to the Organized Village of Kasaan may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: July 9, 1999.

    Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-18125 Filed 7-15-99; 8:45 am]

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