[Federal Register: March 3, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 41)]
[Notices]
[Page 10406-10407]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items from Arizona in the
Possession of the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

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
cultural items in the possession of the American Museum of Natural
History which meet the definition of ``objects of cultural patrimony''
under Section 2 of the Act.
    The items are four San Carlos Apache Gaan painted wood and cloth
headdresses and two associated sets of wooden wands.
    In 1914, Pliny E. Goddard collected these cultural items on the San
Carlos Apache Reservation on behalf of the American Museum of Natural
History. The Museum accessioned them into its collection the same year
(AMNH accession 1914-53).
    The cultural affiliation of these items is San Carlos Apache as
indicated through Museum records and consultation with representatives
of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation.
Consultation

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evidence presented by representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of
the San Carlos Reservation indicates these items have ongoing
historical, traditional, and cultural importance central to the tribe
itself, and no individual had the right to alienate them. The Museum's
review of this information indicates it is accurate.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the American
Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(4), these eight cultural items have ongoing historical,
traditional, and cultural importance central to the tribe itself, and
could not have been alienated, appropriated, or conveyed by any
individual. Officials of the American Museum of Natural History 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 these items and the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos
Reservation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the San Carlos Apache
Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, the White Mountain Apache Tribe of
the Fort Apache Reservation, the Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona, the
Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Reservation, and the Fort
McDowell Mohave-Apache Indian Community of the Fort McDowell Indian
Reservation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these objects should contact
Martha Graham, Registrar of Cultural Resources, American Museum of
Natural History, Department of Anthropology, Central Park West at 79th
Street, New York, NY 10024-5192; telephone (212) 769-5846 before April
2, 1998. Repatriation of these objects to the San Carlos Apache Tribe
of the San Carlos Reservation may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
Dated: February 26, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-5406 Filed 3-2-98; 8:45 am]
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