[Federal Register: February 14, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 31)]
[Notices]
[Page 7041]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item from Arizona in
the Possession of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3005 (a)(2), of the intent to
repatriate a cultural item in the possession of the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, New York, NY, which meets the definition of ``object of
cultural patrimony'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural item is an Apache Gaan mask of painted wood and cloth.
    This mask was collected by E. H. Davis between 1910-1911, and
transferred to the Metropolitan Museum of Art from the Museum of
Primitive Art in 1978.
    The cultural affiliation of this item is San Carlos Apache as
verified by the San Carlos Apache Tribe. The Tribe has indicated that
this item has ongoing traditional and cultural importance to the tribe
and could not have been conveyed by any individual tribal member.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the
Metropolitan Museum of Art have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C.
3001 (3)(D), this cultural item has ongoing historical, traditional,
and cultural importance central to the culture itself, and could not
have been alienated, appropriated, or conveyed by any individual.
Officials of the Metropolitan Museum of Art have also determined that,
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group
identity which can be reasonably traced between this item and the San
Carlos Apache Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Camp Verde Yavapai-
Apache Community, the Fort McDowell Mohave-Apache Community, the Payson
Tonto Apache Tribe, the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and the White Mountain
Apache Tribe. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these objects should contact
Julie Jones, Curator in Charge, Department of the Arts of Africa,
Oceania, and the Americas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
10028-1098, telephone (212) 570-3705 before March 17, 1997.
Repatriation of these objects to the San Carlos Apache Tribe may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: February 7, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-3683 Filed 2-13-97; 8:45 am]
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