Federal Register / Vol. 59, No. 211 / Wednsday, November  2, 1994
          / Notices                                              Page 54921

          Notice  of Intent to Repatriate  Cultural Items in the Possession
          of the USDA Forest Service.

          AGENCY:   National Park Service, Interior

          ACTION:   Notice.

          _________________________________________________________________

          Notice is hereby  given under provisions  of the Native  American
          Graves  Protection   and  Repatriation  Act  of   the  intent  to
          repatriate  cultural  items  in  the  possession  of  the  Cibola
          National Forest, USDA Forest Service, that meet the definition of
          "sacred object" under Section 2 of the Act.

          The items consist  of 30  essentially complete  prayer sticks  of
          aspen and willow, 5  fragments of prayer sticks, one  red flicker
          feather,  one  cornhusk,  and  a small  amount  of  deteriorating
          organic matter.  The items  were reportedly  gathered in 1977  or
          1978 by an anonymous collector from a cairn/shrine on Mt. Taylor,
          NM.  The items were returned to the possession of the USDA Forest
          Service in 1991 or 1992. The precise location of the cairn/shrine
          is not known.

          The  objects  in  this  collection  resemble  the  prayer  sticks
          described and illustrated in Leslie A. White's The  Acoma Indians
          (Smithsonian Institution, 1932: 126-129).  Representatives of the
          Pueblo of  Acoma  have  inspected the  items  and  confirm  their
          identification  as prayer  sticks.   The  representatives of  the
          Pueblo of Acoma indicate that prayer sticks are left as offerings
          at  a cairn/shrine  located  on  Mt.  Taylor  as  part  of  their
          traditional religious  practice.  Once  left as an  offering, the
          Acoma religion requires that such prayer sticks not be disturbed.

          Reginald T. Pasqual, governor of the Pueblo of Acoma, has claimed
          the  prayer sticks and associated materials as sacred objects and
          requested  their repatriation to the  Pueblo of Acoma.   The Hopi
          Tribe  and the Navajo Nation have been consulted and both support
          the claim of the Pueblo of Acoma to this particular collection of
          prayer sticks from Mt. Taylor.

          Based on the  above mentioned information, officials  of the USDA
          Forest  Service  have  determined,  pursuant to  25  U.S.C.  3001
          (3)(C), that  these items are specific  ceremonial objects needed
          by the traditional religious  leaders of the Pueblo of  Acoma for
          the practice  of their  traditional religion  by its present  day
          adherents.   Officials of  the USDA  Forest Service  have further
          determined,  pursuant  to 25  U.S.C. 3001  (2),  that there  is a
          relationship  of shared  group identity  which can  be reasonably
          traced between these items and the Pueblo of Acoma.

          This  notice has been  sent to officials of  the Pueblo of Acoma.
          Representatives of  any other Indian tribe  which believes itself
          to  be culturally  affiliated  with these  cultural items  should
          contact Dr.  Frank E.  Wozniak, NAGPRA  Coordinator, Southwestern
          Region, USDA Forest Service,  517 Gold Avenue, S.W., Albuquerque,
          NM 87102, telephone: (505)  842-3238, before December 2, 1994.   
          Repatriation of these sacred  objects to the Pueblo of  Acoma may
          begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

          Dated: October 12, 1994          Veletta Canouts, Ph.D.
          Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
          Acting Chief, Archeological Assistance Division
          [FR Doc. 94-27078 Filed 11-1-94; 8:45 am]
          BILLING CODE 4310-70-F

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