[Federal Register: April 5, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 66)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from Kawaihae, Kohala, Island of
Hawaii, HI in the Possession of Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu,
HI

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), 43 CFR 10.9,
of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated
funerary objects from Kawaihae, Kohala, Island of Hawaii, HI in the
possession of Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by professional
staff in consultation with representatives of the Hawaii Island Burial
Council, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, the Department of
Hawaiian Homelands, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    In 1905, human remains representing a minimum of four individuals
were removed from a lava tube complex by David Forbes, William Wagner,
and Friedrich A. Haenisch. In 1907, these human remains, incorporated
into two wooden bowls, one wooden image, and one wig, were donated to
the Bishop Museum. No known individuals were identified. No associated
funerary objects are present.
    Based on 43 CFR 10.2(d)(2-4), officials of the Bishop Museum have
determined that these cultural items listed above are not unassociated
funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony,
however, the human remains incorporated into these cultural items do
meet the definition of ``human remains'' in 43 CFR 10.2(d)(1). Based on
historical and anthropological evidence, officials of the Bishop Museum
have determined that these human remains were not freely given or
naturally shed from the individuals from whose bodies they were
obtained. Based on historical and anthropological evidence, officials
of the Bishop Museum have determined these human remains are most
likely those of Native Hawaiians.
    In 1935, human remains representing five individuals were removed
from a lava tube complex in Kawaihae, Kohala, HI by J. Everett Brumagh.
In 1939, these human remains were donated to the Bishop Museum by Mr.
Brumagh. No known individuals were identified. The one associated
funerary object is part of a coffin.
    In 1939, human remains representing nine individuals were removed
from a lava tube complex in Kawaihae, Kohala, HI by Kenneth P. Emory,
Bishop Museum Ethnologist, and Keith K. Jones. No known individuals
were identified. No associated funerary objects can be identified.
    Based on the style and type of the associated funerary object and
unassociated funerary objects from this lava tube complex, manner of
interments, and recovery locations, these individuals have been
determined to be Native American. In consultation with the Hawaii
Island Burial Council, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i

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Nei, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Bishop Museum decided that
no attempt would be made to determine the age of the human remains. Due
to the lack of identifiable individuals, the Bishop Museum has been
unable to make any lineal descent determinations. Bishop Museum
officials believe the claims of the Hawaii Island Burial Council, Hui
Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, the Department of Hawaiian Homelands,
and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs address and encompass individual,
family, and community interests.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Bishop
Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2(d)(1), the human
remains listed above represent the physical remains of a minimum of 18
individuals of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Bishop Museum
have also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2), the one
object listed above is 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 Bishop Museum have
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 associated funerary object and the
Hawaii Island Burial Council, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, the
Department of Hawaiian Homelands, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hawaii Island Burial
Council, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, the Department of
Hawaiian Homelands, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Henry A. Auwae, and
Melvin Kalahiki, Sr. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that
believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains
and associated funerary object should contact Valerie Free, Unit
Manager, Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, HI 96817,
telephone: (808) 847-8205, before May 5, 2000. Repatriation of the
human remains and associated funerary object to the Hawaii Island
Burial Council, Hui Malama I Na Kupna O Hawai'i Nei, the Department of
Hawaiian Homelands, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 22, 2000.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Manager, Archeology and
Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 00-8351 Filed 4-4-00; 8:45 am]
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