[Federal Register: October 25, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 207)]
[Page 63883-63884]
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National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Alaska State Office, Bureau of Land Management, Anchorage, AK

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice


    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3), of the intent to repatriate
cultural items in the possession of the Alaska State Office, Bureau of
Land Management, Anchorage, AK that meet the definition of unassociated
funerary object under Section 2 of the Act.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR

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10.2 (c). The determinations within this notice are the sole
responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has
control of these cultural items. The National Park Service is not
responsible for the determinations within this notice.
    The 302 cultural items are stone and antler arrowheads and
arrowhead fragments, chert flake tools, stone blade inserts, and ivory
ornamental carvings.
    During 1956-61, these cultural items were recovered by Dr. J. Louis
Giddings during legally authorized excavations from a series of burials
at Cape Krusenstern, Battle Rock Site vicinity, and the Choris
Peninsula from five features judged to be former surface burials where
all skeletal remains had completely decayed.
    Based on geographic location, archeological evidence, and types of
objects, these cultural items have been affiliated with Inupiat Eskimo
culture and specifically with the Native Village of Kotzebue. This
determination of cultural affiliation has been based upon the
continuity of Native Americans in the Kotzebue area and their oral
tradition that the area where the remains were found is within their
traditional territory.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Bureau
of Land Management have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR
10.2(d)(2)(ii), these 302 cultural items listed above are 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 and
are believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed
from a specific burial site of an Native American individual. Officials
of the Bureau of Land Management also have determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2(e), there is a relationship of shared group identity that
can be reasonably traced between these items and the Native Village of
Kotzebue. This notice has been sent to officials of the Native Village
of Kotzebue. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these unassociated funerary
objects should contact Dr. Robert E. King, Alaska State NAGPRA
Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, 222 West 7th Avenue, #13,
Anchorage, AK 99513-7599, telephone (907) 271-5510, before November 24,
2000. Repatriation of these unassociated funerary objects to the Native
Village of Kotzebue may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: October 18, 2000.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 00-27369 Filed 10-24-00; 8:45 am]
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