Native American human remains and associated funerary objects: Nebraska State Historical Society, NE— Inventory from Point Hope, AK,

 
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[Federal Register: October 28, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 208)]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains from Point Hope, AK in the Possession of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, NE

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 from Point Hope, AK in the possession of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, NE.

A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by Nebraska State Historical Society professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Native Village of Point Hope and the Tigara Corporation.

In 1927, human remains representing one individual were donated to the Society by Charles H. Dietrich. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.

During the summer of 1902, U.S. Senator Charles H. Dietrich of Hastings, NE visited Alaska in the revenue cutter, Thetis. Dietrich's catalog indicates that he acquired several Alaskan objects from a man in Alaska who traded them to Dietrich in exchange for a box of magazines and newspapers from the United States. Based on information in the Society donor files, the original identification is recorded as, ``skull found at Point Hope, where the dead are not buried.''

Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Nebraska State Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(1), the human remains listed above represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. Lastly, officials of the Nebraska State Historical Society 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 the Native Village of Point Hope and the Tigara Corporation.

This notice has been sent to officials of the Native Village of Point Hope and the Tigara Corporation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these human remains should contact Rob Bozell, Associate Director, Nebraska State Historical Society, 1500 R Street, P.O. Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501-2554; telephone: (402) 471-4789, before November 27, 1998. Repatriation of the human remains to the Native Village of Point Hope and the Tigara Corporation may begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward. Dated: October 6, 1998. Francis P. McManamon, Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.

[FR Doc. 98-28810Filed10-27-98; 8:45 am]

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