FR Doc E7-21380
[Federal Register: October 31, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 210)]
[Notices]               
[Page 61675-61676]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: The Wistar Institute, 
Philadelphia, PA and Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, 
Honaunau, HI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the control of The 
Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA and in the physical custody of the 
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Honaunau, HI. The human 
remains were removed from the Hawaiian Islands.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). 
The determinations

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in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, 
or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human 
remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by University 
of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology professional 
staff on behalf of The Wistar Institute in consultation with 
representatives of the Hawai'i Island Burial Council, Hui Malama I Na 
Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, Kauai/Niihau Island Burial Council, 
Maui/Lanai Island Burial Council, Molokai Island Burial Council, 
O'ahu Burial Committee, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The Wistar 
Institute retains ownership of these human remains, but has authorized 
the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 
to handle the NAGPRA process in collaboration with The Wistar Institute 
and on its behalf.
    At an unknown date, but probably around 1905, human remains 
representing a minimum of one individual were removed from one of the 
Hawaiian Islands by an unknown person. At an unknown date, the human 
remains were accessioned into the collections of The Wistar Institute 
(accession number: 14347). The human remains were transferred to the 
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on a 
long term loan in 1956 (catalogue number: L-1011-124). On May 12, 2006, 
at the request of the Hawai'i Island Burial Council and Hui Malama I Na 
Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, the human remains were loaned to Pu'uhonua o 
Honaunau National Historical Park so that the iwi would be on Hawaiian 
soil pending a determination of its cultural affiliation and completion 
of the repatriation process. No known individual was identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    The human remains have been identified as Native Hawaiian based on 
the specific cultural and geographic attribution identified in the 
museum records. Museum documentation identifies the human remains as 
those of a male "Hawaiian" whose approximate age is 50 years old and 
also attributes the human remains to "Sandwich Island." Scholarly 
publications and consultation information indicate the term "Sandwich 
Island" or "Sandwich Islands" refers to the Hawaiian Islands. The 
term was bestowed upon the Hawaiian Islands by Captain James Cook upon 
his arrival in the Hawaiian archipelago on January 18, 1778. 
Subsequently, the indigenous people of the Hawaiian Islands were often 
referred to as "Sandwich Islanders." The term "Sandwich Island" 
fell into disuse in the late 19th century, however, the use of the term 
supports the identification of this individual as a Native Hawaiian. 
The morphology of this individual is not inconsistent with its 
identification as a Native Hawaiian.
    Officials of The Wistar Institute and University of Pennsylvania 
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology have determined that, pursuant 
to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described above represent 
the physical remains of one individual of Native Hawaiian ancestry. 
Officials of The Wistar Institute and University of Pennsylvania Museum 
of Archaeology and Anthropology have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that 
can be reasonably traced between the Native Hawaiian human remains and 
the Hawai'i Island Burial Council, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawaii 
Nei, Kauai/Niihau Island Burial Council, Maui/Lani Island 
Burial Council, Molokai Island Burial Council, O'ahu Island Burial 
Council, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    Representatives of any other Native Hawaiian Organization or Indian 
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human 
remains should contact Dr. Gerald Margolis, Interim Director, 
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 
South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324, telephone (215) 898-4050, 
before November 30, 2007. Repatriation of the Native Hawaiian human 
remains to the Hawai'i Island Burial Council, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O 
Hawai'i Nei, Kauai/Niihau Island Burial Council, Maui/Lani 
Island Burial Council, Molokai Island Burial Council, O'ahu Island 
Burial Council, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and 
Anthropology is responsible for notifying the Hawai'i Island Burial 
Council, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, Kauai/Niihau Island 
Burial Council, Maui/Lani Island Burial Council, Molokai Island 
Burial Council, O'ahu Island Burial Council, and Office of Hawaiian 
Affairs that this notice has been published.

    Dated: September 10, 2007.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E7-21380 Filed 10-30-07; 8:45 am]

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