[Federal Register: April 2, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 63)]
[Notices]
[Page 17573-17574]
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 a Cultural Item in the Possession
of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and
Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA

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
a cultural item in the possession of the University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA, that meets
the definition of ``sacred object'' and ``object of cultural
patrimony'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of this
cultural item. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    The one cultural item is a Dilzini Gaan headdress of painted wood
and cloth.

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    In 1931, this cultural item was purchased by the Denver Art Museum
from Mr. O.L.N. Foster. In 1959, the University of Pennsylvania Museum
of Archaeology and Anthropology received this cultural item in an
exchange with the Denver Art Museum. No information exists for the
circumstances of the collection of this cultural item.
    Documentation associated with the Gaan headdress and information
provided by representatives of the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the
Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona confirm that a relationship of shared
group identity exists between the original makers of the headdress and
the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation,
Arizona. Representatives of the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort
Apache Reservation, Arizona also have indicated that this cultural item
is a specific ceremonial object needed by traditional Native American
religious leaders for the practice of traditional Native American
religions by their present-day adherents. Representatives of the White
Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona provided
evidence that this cultural item has ongoing historical, traditional,
and cultural importance central to the tribe itself, and could not
properly or legally have been sold, alienated, appropriated, conveyed,
or taken into ownership by any individual.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(3), this cultural item is
a specific ceremonial object needed by traditional Native American
religious leaders for the practice of traditional Native American
religions by their present-day adherents. Officials of the University
of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology have determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(4), this cultural item has 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 University of Pennsylvania Museum of
Archaeology and Anthropology also have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can
be reasonably traced between this sacred object/object of cultural
patrimony and the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache
Reservation, Arizona. This notice has been sent to officials of the
Fort McDowell Mohave-Apache Indian Community of the Fort McDowell
Indian Reservation, Arizona; the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San
Carlos Reservation, Arizona; the Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; the
Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Arizona;
and the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation,
Arizona. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with this sacred object/object of cultural
patrimony should contact Dr. Jeremy Sabloff, the Williams Director,
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 33rd
and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324, telephone (215) 898-
4051, facsimile (215) 898-0657, before May 2, 2001. Repatriation of
this sacred object/object of cultural patrimony to the White Mountain
Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 16, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-7984 Filed 3-30-01; 8:45 am]
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