[Federal Register: May 28, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 103)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque, NM

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 Maxwell Museum of Anthropology,
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM which meet the definition of
``object of cultural patrimony'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The 13 cultural items consist of ten Dilzini Gaan masks, two dance
wands, and one Medicine Man's feathered cap. These objects are
constructed of wood, cloth, hide, string, thread, beads, and feathers.
    In 1961, a set of five Dilzini Gaan masks (61.3.70-61.3.74) was
donated to the Maxwell Museum by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Imhof. In 1968
and 1969, another set of five Dilzini Gaan masks (75.1.1-75.1.4 and
76.1.32) were purchased for the Maxwell Museum by J.J. Brody. In 1970,
the two dance wands were donated to the museum by Florence Hawley
Ellis. In 1960, the Medicine Man's feathered cap was donated to the
Maxwell Museum by Tom Bahti.
    The cultural affiliation of these cultural items is San Carlos
Apache as indicated through donor information, museum records, and
consultation with representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the
San Carlos Reservation, White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache
Reservation, and the Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian
Reservation. Representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San
Carlos Reservation have further stated these items have ongoing
historical, traditional, and cultural importance central to the tribe
itself, and no individual had or has the right to alienate them.
Information regarding the status of these cultural items is being
withheld from this notice by the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the
request of the representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the
San Carlos Reservation in order not to compromise the San Carlos Apache
Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation's code of religious practice.
    Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Maxwell
Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(4), these 13 cultural items have 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 Maxwell Museum of Anthropology,
University of New Mexico 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, White Mountain Apache Tribe of the
Fort Apache Reservation, the Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde
Indian Reservation, the Tonto Apache Tribe, and the Mescalero Apache
Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these
objects should contact Brenda A. Dorr, NAGPRA Project Director, Maxwell
Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
87131-1201; telephone: (505) 277-0195 before June 28, 1999.
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: May 18, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-13597 Filed 5-27-99; 8:45 am]
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