[Federal Register: July 11, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 133)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Indian Arts Research Center, School of American Research, Santa
Fe, NM

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3005 (a)(2), of the intent to
repatriate cultural items in the possession of the Indian Arts Research
Center, School of American Research, Santa Fe, NM which meet the
definition of ``sacred objects'' and ``objects of cultural patrimony''
under Section 2 of the Act.
    The 25 cultural items are Katsina Spirit Friends including Shalako
Taka, two Anakatsina, Tasap, Alo Mana, Makto, Anakatsinamaana, two
Humiskasina, Shalako Mana tablita, Sio Humis tablita, Sio Humis
Katsina, six unnamed katsina friends, and seven mask attachments.
    In 1925, Mr. Frank Applegate collected these Kaakastinam and mask
attachments at the Hopi villages. Eight Kaakastinam were donated to the
Indian Arts Fund, Inc. in 1925 and transferred to the School of
American Research in 1972. The remaining items were purchased by the
Indian Arts Fund, Inc. in 1925 and transferred to the School of
American Research in 1972.
    The cultural affiliation of these items is clearly Hopi based on
the accession information and consultation with Hopi representatives.
Representatives of the Hopi Tribe and acting on behalf of the
Katsinmomngwit (Hopi traditional religious leaders) have stated that
the above Kaakatsinam and mask attachments are sacred objects needed by
traditional religious leaders for the practice of traditional Native
American religion by present day adherents. Representatives of the Hopi
Tribe and acting on behalf of the Katsinmomngwit (Hopi traditional
religious leaders) have also stated that the above Kaakatsinam and mask
attachments have ongoing historical, traditional, and cultural
importance central to the Hopi Tribe, and could not have been alienated
by any individual.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the School
of American Research have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001
(3)(C), these 25 cultural items are specific ceremonial objects needed
by traditional Native American religious leaders for the practice of
traditional Native American religions by their present-day adherents.
Officials of the School of American Research have also determined that,
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(D), these 25 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. Lastly, officials of the School of American Research
have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a
relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced
between these items and the Hopi Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these objects should contact Mr. Michael
Hering, Director, or Ms. Christy Sturm, Associate Collections Manager,
Indian Arts Research Center, School of American Research, P.O. Box
2188, Santa Fe, NM 87504, telephone (505) 982-3584 before August 11,
1997. Repatriation of these objects to the Hopi Tribe may begin after
that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: July 1, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-18232 Filed 7-10-97; 8:45 am]
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