Notice of Inventory Completion: Homer Society of Natural History, Pratt Museum, Homer, AK, 43720-43721 [2011-18350]

Download as PDF 43720 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 140 / Thursday, July 21, 2011 / Notices Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico; Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico; Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico; Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico; San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona; Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona; and Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico. Information was provided to the Kewa Pueblo, New Mexico; Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico; Pueblo of Nambe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Picuris, New Mexico; Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico; Pueblo of San Felipe, New Mexico; Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Pueblo of Taos, New Mexico; Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico; and Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo of Texas. The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico; Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona; Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; and White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona (hereinafter the ‘‘Aboriginal Land Tribes’’), do not object to the disposition of the human remains described in this notice to the Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico, and Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico. History and description of the remains On an unknown date, human remains representing a minimum of one individual were removed from Maxson site number 121, a rock fall near Laguna, Cibola County, NM, by Asa Maxson, an avocational archeologist. In 1982, Mr. Maxson donated his large archeological collection to the museum. On February 6, 2008, during an inventory, the human remains were found in the museum. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. wreier-aviles on DSKDVH8Z91PROD with NOTICES Determinations Made by the University of Colorado Museum Officials of the University of Colorado Museum have determined that: • Based on the archeological context and the collecting history of Mr. Maxson, the human remains are Native American. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), a relationship of shared group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:00 Jul 20, 2011 Jkt 223001 Native American human remains and any present-day Indian tribe. • According to final judgments of the Indian Claims Commission, the land from which the Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of the Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; and Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico. • Multiple lines of evidence, including treaties, Acts of Congress, and Executive Orders, indicate that the land from which the Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of the Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah; Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico; Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico; San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona; Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; and White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona. • Other credible lines of evidence indicate that the land from which the Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of the Chiricahua Apache. The Chiricahua Apache are Federally-recognized as the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New Mexico. • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry. • Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the human remains is to the Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico, and Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico. Additional Requestors and Disposition Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains or any other Indian tribe that believes it satisfies the criteria in 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1) should contact Steve Lekson, Curator of Anthropology, University of Colorado Museum, in care of Jan Bernstein, NAGPRA Consultant, Bernstein & Associates, 1041 Lafayette St., Denver, CO 80218, telephone (303) 894–0648, before August 22, 2011. Disposition of the human remains to the Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico, and Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico, may proceed after that date if no additional requestors come forward. The University of Colorado Museum is responsible for notifying the Aboriginal Land Tribes that this notice has been published. Dated: July 14, 2011. Sangita Chari, Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2011–18354 Filed 7–20–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–P PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [2253–665] Notice of Inventory Completion: Homer Society of Natural History, Pratt Museum, Homer, AK National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Homer Society of Natural History, Pratt Museum has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian tribes. Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the Homer Society of Natural History, Pratt Museum. Repatriation of the human remains to the Indian tribe stated below may occur if no additional claimants come forward. DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the Homer Society of Natural History, Pratt Museum at the address below by August 22, 2011. ADDRESSES: Dr. Cusack-McVeigh, Pratt Museum, 3779 Bartlett St., Homer, AK 99603, telephone (907) 435–3338. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 possession of the Homer Society of Natural History, Pratt Museum, Homer, AK. The human remains were removed from Kachemak Bay, AK. 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. SUMMARY: Consultation A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Pratt Museum professional Curator and the Office of History and Archaeology for the State of Alaska, in consultation with representatives of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Native Village of Nanwalek (IRA Council), Ninilchik Village, Native Village of Port Graham, and Seldovia Village Tribe. Through the consultation E:\FR\FM\21JYN1.SGM 21JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 140 / Thursday, July 21, 2011 / Notices process, and at the request of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Ninilchik Indian Tribe, and the Native Village of Nanwalek (IRA Council), the human remains described in this notice will be repatriated to the Seldovia Village Tribe for reburial. wreier-aviles on DSKDVH8Z91PROD with NOTICES History and Description of the Remains In 1982, a human remain representing one individual (HM–82–165–1) was found at Bishop’s Beach, Kachemak Bay, in Homer, AK. On February 11, 1982, the skull was brought to the museum by Teri Dobbs. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. The card catalog indicates that the skull was found following a mudslide, approximately 1 mile north of Bishop’s Beach. Originally identified as ‘‘Caucasian,’’ the museum now concludes that this single cranium belongs to a person of ‘‘Caucasian admixture, possibly Caucasian-Negroid or Caucasian-Mongoloid’’; the facial flattening indicates Mongoloid (Asian or Native) characteristics. Based on the general appearance and condition of the skull, death occurred anywhere from 50 to 125 years ago. Although there are no known historic cemeteries in the area, remains belonging to a Native Alaskan were subsequently recovered from the same general location as this skull. The Native Alaskan community in this area has a history of mixed European and Native Alaskan heritage. For example, populations having Russian fathers and Native Alaskan mothers were common. Therefore, the museum believes the preponderance of the evidence shows that these remains are Native Alaskan. This determination of Native Alaskan ancestry is outlined in a December 17, 2010, report produced by the Office of History and Archaeology. In 1993, human remains representing one individual were recovered from a bluff at Bishop’s Beach, Kachemak Bay, in Homer, AK, by a private individual. The human remains were given to the museum under a 1993 Gift Agreement (PM–1993–4). No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present. The archeological and historical documentary evidence show that Kachemak Bay was used by both Dena’ina Athabascan and Sugpiaq Alutiiq ancestors. The relatively recent date for these crania (estimated postmortem interval in the 50–125 year range) suggests that these two individuals may have been associated with a nearby, large early 20th century coal mining venture or an unmarked Native cemetery. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:00 Jul 20, 2011 Jkt 223001 Determinations Made by the Homer Society of Natural History, Pratt Museum Officials of the Homer Society of Natural History, Pratt Museum have determined that: • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described above represent the physical remains of two individuals of mixed Native American ancestry. • 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 the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Native Village of Nanwalek (IRA Council), Ninilchik Village, Native Village of Port Graham, and/or Seldovia Village Tribe. Additional Requestors and Disposition Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the Native American human remains should contact Dr. Cusack-McVeigh, Pratt Museum, 3779 Bartlett St., Homer, AK 99603, telephone (907) 435–3338, before August 22, 2011. Repatriation of the human remains to the Seldovia Village Tribe may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. The Pratt Museum is responsible for notifying the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Native Village of Nanwalek (IRA Council), Ninilchik Village, Native Village of Port Graham, and Seldovia Village Tribe that this notice has been published. Dated: July 14, 2011 Sangita Chari, Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2011–18350 Filed 7–20–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [2253–665] Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Fowler Museum at UCLA, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, has determined that the cultural items meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects and repatriation to the Indian tribes stated below may occur if no additional claimants come forward. Representatives of any Indian tribe that SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43721 believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the cultural items may contact the Fowler Museum at UCLA. DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a cultural affiliation with the cultural items should contact the Fowler Museum at UCLA at the address below by August 22, 2011. ADDRESSES: Wendy G. Teeter, PhD, Curator of Archaeology, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Box 951549, Los Angeles, CA 90095–1549, telephone (310) 825–1864. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items in the possession of the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, that meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001. 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 cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. History and Description of the Cultural Items In 1940, unassociated funerary objects were removed from the Van Liere Ranch Site, in Maricopa County, AZ, during excavations by J.W. Simmons. The collection was donated to the Fowler Museum at UCLA by Thomas Hinton in 1956. The 69 unassociated funerary objects are 17 clay plaques, 1 shell bead, 8 slate palettes, 1 shell, 1 ceramic sherd, 1 small ceramic bowl, 3 stone gaming pieces, 2 stone plaque fragments, 3 red clay vessels, 16 shell disc beads, 1 lead globular, 2 pieces of ochre, 4 organic fossils, and 9 awl fragments. The Van Liere Ranch site was a burial ground with numerous Hohokam cremations and other features. This site is dated from A.D. 300—1500 based on the cultural materials found at the site, which are identified by archeologists and cultural experts as consistent with Hohokam culture. There are burial records that describe the excavation of each burial and include field and artifact photos, drawings, and site maps. Except for an infant tooth that is not associated with these funerary objects, the human remains were not removed from the ground. The unassociated funerary objects are identified based on their contextual burial designations and burial excavation notes and photos. E:\FR\FM\21JYN1.SGM 21JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Inventory Completion: Homer Society of Natural History, 
Pratt Museum, Homer, AK

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Homer Society of Natural History, Pratt Museum has 
completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribes, and has determined that there is a cultural 
affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian tribes. 
Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the human remains may contact the Homer 
Society of Natural History, Pratt Museum. Repatriation of the human 
remains to the Indian tribe stated below may occur if no additional 
claimants come forward.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the human remains should contact the Homer 
Society of Natural History, Pratt Museum at the address below by August 
22, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Dr. Cusack-McVeigh, Pratt Museum, 3779 Bartlett St., Homer, 
AK 99603, telephone (907) 435-3338.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 
possession of the Homer Society of Natural History, Pratt Museum, 
Homer, AK. The human remains were removed from Kachemak Bay, AK.
    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.

Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Pratt 
Museum professional Curator and the Office of History and Archaeology 
for the State of Alaska, in consultation with representatives of the 
Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Native Village of Nanwalek (IRA Council), 
Ninilchik Village, Native Village of Port Graham, and Seldovia Village 
Tribe. Through the consultation

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process, and at the request of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Ninilchik 
Indian Tribe, and the Native Village of Nanwalek (IRA Council), the 
human remains described in this notice will be repatriated to the 
Seldovia Village Tribe for reburial.

History and Description of the Remains

    In 1982, a human remain representing one individual (HM-82-165-1) 
was found at Bishop's Beach, Kachemak Bay, in Homer, AK. On February 
11, 1982, the skull was brought to the museum by Teri Dobbs. No known 
individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.
    The card catalog indicates that the skull was found following a 
mudslide, approximately 1 mile north of Bishop's Beach. Originally 
identified as ``Caucasian,'' the museum now concludes that this single 
cranium belongs to a person of ``Caucasian admixture, possibly 
Caucasian-Negroid or Caucasian-Mongoloid''; the facial flattening 
indicates Mongoloid (Asian or Native) characteristics. Based on the 
general appearance and condition of the skull, death occurred anywhere 
from 50 to 125 years ago. Although there are no known historic 
cemeteries in the area, remains belonging to a Native Alaskan were 
subsequently recovered from the same general location as this skull. 
The Native Alaskan community in this area has a history of mixed 
European and Native Alaskan heritage. For example, populations having 
Russian fathers and Native Alaskan mothers were common. Therefore, the 
museum believes the preponderance of the evidence shows that these 
remains are Native Alaskan. This determination of Native Alaskan 
ancestry is outlined in a December 17, 2010, report produced by the 
Office of History and Archaeology.
    In 1993, human remains representing one individual were recovered 
from a bluff at Bishop's Beach, Kachemak Bay, in Homer, AK, by a 
private individual. The human remains were given to the museum under a 
1993 Gift Agreement (PM-1993-4). No known individual was identified. No 
associated funerary objects are present.
    The archeological and historical documentary evidence show that 
Kachemak Bay was used by both Dena'ina Athabascan and Sugpiaq Alutiiq 
ancestors. The relatively recent date for these crania (estimated 
postmortem interval in the 50-125 year range) suggests that these two 
individuals may have been associated with a nearby, large early 20th 
century coal mining venture or an unmarked Native cemetery.

Determinations Made by the Homer Society of Natural History, Pratt 
Museum

    Officials of the Homer Society of Natural History, Pratt Museum 
have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of two individuals of mixed Native 
American ancestry.
     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 the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Native Village of 
Nanwalek (IRA Council), Ninilchik Village, Native Village of Port 
Graham, and/or Seldovia Village Tribe.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the Native American human remains should 
contact Dr. Cusack-McVeigh, Pratt Museum, 3779 Bartlett St., Homer, AK 
99603, telephone (907) 435-3338, before August 22, 2011. Repatriation 
of the human remains to the Seldovia Village Tribe may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Pratt Museum is responsible for notifying the Kenaitze Indian 
Tribe, Native Village of Nanwalek (IRA Council), Ninilchik Village, 
Native Village of Port Graham, and Seldovia Village Tribe that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: July 14, 2011
Sangita Chari,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-18350 Filed 7-20-11; 8:45 am]
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