[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 121 (Tuesday, June 24, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Page 35793]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-14746]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-15829; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Phoebe A. Hearst 
Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, 
CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of 
California, Berkeley, in consultation with the appropriate Indian 
tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has determined that the 
cultural item listed in this notice meets the definition of cultural 
item under 25 U.S.C. 3001. The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology 
has right of possession to this item, but chooses to waive it in this 
case. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
claim this cultural item should submit a written request to the Phoebe 
A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 
Berkeley, CA. If no additional claimants come forward, repatriation of 
the cultural item to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native 
Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
claim this cultural item should submit a written request with 
information in support of the claim to the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of 
Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, at the address in 
this notice by July 24, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Mr. Jordan Jacobs, Head of Cultural Policy, Phoebe A. Hearst 
Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall, University of California, 
Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-3712, telephone (510) 643-8230, email 
j.jacobs@berkeley.edu.

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 an item in the possession of 
the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, 
Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, that meets the definition of cultural item 
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 item. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Item

    The one cultural item is a nearly complete wolf skin. The head and 
lower appendages are stuffed with straw, and the mouth and eyes are 
stitched shut with sinew. Flicker feathers are attached to the mouth by 
a tassel of white cotton string, and woodpecker scalps cover each eye. 
The cultural item was purchased for the museum, on behalf of Phoebe A. 
Hearst, by Alfred Kroeber in 1902. Dr. Kroeber purchased the item from 
Alexander Brizard, a local trader in the Klamath River area of Humboldt 
County, CA. The Museum has right of possession to this item, but 
chooses to waive it in this case. Evidence presented by the tribe and 
ethnographic sources suggest that the wolf skin was associated with the 
Karuk Pikiavish (World Renewal Ceremony), and is used in the component 
of that ceremony known as the White Deerskin Dance.
    The cultural affiliation of the cultural item is to the Karuk Tribe 
(previously listed as the Karuk Tribe of California), as indicated by 
museum records and by consultation evidence presented by the tribe. 
Museum records prepared at the time of original acquisition indicate 
that the cultural item is ``Karok.''

Determinations Made By the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at 
the University of California

    Officials of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001, the one item described above 
meets the definition of cultural item and is subject to repatriation 
under NAGPRA.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the wolf 
skin and the Karuk Tribe (previously listed as the Karuk Tribe of 
California).

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any other Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
claim this cultural item should submit a written request with 
information in support of the claim to Mr. Jordan Jacobs, Head of 
Cultural Policy, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber 
Hall, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-371, 
telephone (510) 643-8230, email j.jacobs@berkeley.edu, by July 24, 
2014. After that date, if no additional claimants have come forward, 
repatriation of the cultural item to the Karuk Tribe (previously listed 
as the Karuk Tribe of California) may proceed.
    The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology is responsible for 
notifying the the Karuk Tribe (previously listed as the Karuk Tribe of 
California) that this notice has been published.

    Dated: May 19, 2014.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2014-14746 Filed 6-23-14; 8:45 am]
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