[Federal Register: February 24, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 36)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession
of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3), of the intent to repatriate
a cultural item in the possession of the Desert Caballeros Western
Museum which meets the

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definition of ``object of cultural patrimony'' under Section 2 of the
Act.
    The item is an Apache Gaan ceremonial headdress of painted wood and
cloth.
    During the 20th century, this headdress was collected in Arizona.
In 1978, this headdress was donated to the Desert Caballeros Western
Museum by Henry Frick.
    This headdress has been verified to be San Carlos Apache by
representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, the White Mountain
Apache Tribe, the Tonto Apache Tribe, and the Yavapai-Apache Nation of
the Camp Verde Reservation. The San Carlos Apache Tribe have documented
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 Desert
Caballeros Western Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(3), these cultural items are specific ceremonial objects needed by
traditional Native American religious leaders for the practice of
traditional Native American religions by their present-day adherents.
Officials of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum have also determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), 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 San Carlos Apache
Tribe, the White Mountain Apache Tribe, the Tonto Apache Tribe, and the
Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Reservation. Representatives of
any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with this object should contact Sheila Kollasch, Curator, Desert
Caballeros Western Museum, 21 North Frontier St., Wickenburg, AZ 85390;
telephone (520) 684-2272 before March 26, 1998. Repatriation of this
object to the San Carlos Apache Tribe may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
Dated: February 18, 1998.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-4685 Filed 2-23; 8:45 am]
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