[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 16 (Thursday, January 24, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Page 5197]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01324]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-11919; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate a Cultural Item: Department of the 
Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Salt Lake City, UT

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Utah State Office, in 
consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes, has determined that 
the cultural item meets the definition of both a sacred object and an 
object of cultural patrimony, and repatriation to the Indian tribe 
stated below may occur if no additional claimants come forward. 
Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the cultural item may contact the BLM Utah 
State Office at the below address.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the cultural item should contact the BLM at 
the address below by February 25, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Mr. Juan Palma, State Director, Bureau of Land Management, 
Utah State Office, P.O. Box 45155, Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0155, 
telephone (801) 539-4010.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 
U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate a cultural item in the 
possession of the BLM Utah State Office in Salt Lake City, UT, that 
meets the definition of both a sacred object and an object of cultural 
patrimony under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The 
determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Items

    The one cultural item is a Dilzini Gaan headdress consisting of 
painted wood and cloth. It was acquired in 2009 by BLM law enforcement 
agents during a search warrant of a Blanding, UT, home as a part of the 
investigation code-named ``Cerberus Action.'' It is unknown where or 
when the suspect acquired the headdress.
    Tribal cultural authorities of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, New 
Mexico; Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, New 
Mexico; San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona; 
Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort 
Apache Reservation, Arizona; and the Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp 
Verde Indian Reservation, Arizona, consulted with BLM cultural 
resources staff, and identified the headdress as a sacred object and an 
object of cultural patrimony eligible for repatriation under NAGPRA. 
The tribal cultural authorities recognized the materials used in the 
construction of this item, as well as the item's style and type. 
Consequently, these tribal consultants were able to determine that the 
item is culturally affiliated specifically with the White Mountain 
Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona, and to clearly 
distinguish it from other items of similar type and style associated 
with other Apache groups.

Determinations Made by the Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Office

    Officials of the BLM, Utah State Office have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(C), the one cultural item 
described above 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.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(D), the one cultural item 
described above has ongoing historical, traditional, or cultural 
importance central to the Native American group or culture itself, 
rather than property owned by an individual.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the Dilzini 
Gaan headdress and the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache 
Reservation, Arizona.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the Dilzini Gaan headdress should contact 
Mr. Juan Palma, State Director, Bureau of Land Management, Utah State 
Office, P.O. Box 45155, Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0155, telephone (801) 
539-4010 before February 25, 2013. Repatriation of the Dilzini Gaan 
headdress to the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache 
Reservation, Arizona, may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward.
    The BLM, Utah State Office is responsible for notifying the Apache 
Tribe of Oklahoma; Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma; Jicarilla Apache 
Nation, New Mexico; Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero 
Reservation, New Mexico; San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos 
Reservation, Arizona; Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; White Mountain 
Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona; Yavapai-Apache 
Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Arizona; and the 
Chiricahua Apache Nation (a non-Federally recognized Indian group) that 
this notice has been published.

    Dated: December 13, 2012.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-01324 Filed 1-23-13; 8:45 am]
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