FR Doc E9-10597[Federal Register: May 7, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 87)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Inventory Completion: Warren Anatomical Museum, Harvard 
University, Boston, MA

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

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remains in the possession and control of Warren Anatomical Museum, 
Harvard University, Boston, MA. The human remains were removed from an 
unknown locality in the State of Hawaii.
    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 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 Peabody 
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Warren Anatomical Museum 
professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Hawaii 
Island Burial Council, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, Oahu 
Island Burial Council, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    At an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one 
individual were removed from an unknown location in the State of Hawaii 
by D.H. Steadman. The human remains were presented to the Anatomical 
Museum of the Boston Society for Medical Improvement on an unknown date 
before 1847. The Anatomical Museum of the Boston Society for Medical 
Improvement transferred its collection to the Warren Anatomical Museum 
in 1871. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary 
objects are present.
    Osteological characteristics indicate that the human remains are 
Native American. Museum documentation state that the human remains were 
recovered from the "Sandwich Islands." "Sandwich Islands" is an 
antiquated term used to describe the islands of Hawaii. Archeological 
and historic documentation combined with oral traditions support that 
the human remains are from an area considered to be part of the 
aboriginal homelands of ancestral Native Hawaiians. Present-day groups 
that represent Native Hawaiians for the State of Hawaii are Hui Malama 
I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    Officials of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and 
Warren Anatomical Museum 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 American ancestry. Officials of the 
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Warren Anatomical 
Museum also 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 American human remains and Hui Malama I Na 
Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian 
Organization that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the 
human remains should contact Patricia Capone, Repatriation Coordinator, 
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 
Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, telephone (617) 496-3702, before 
June 8, 2009. Repatriation of the human remains to Hui Malama I Na 
Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs may proceed 
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Warren 
Anatomical Museum are responsible for notifying the Hawaii Island 
Burial Council, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei, Oahu Island 
Burial Council, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs that this notice has 
been published.

    Dated: April 28, 2009.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E9-10597 Filed 5-6-09; 8:45 am]

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