[Federal Register: August 14, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 157)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service

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 Arizona State Museum,
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ which meet the definition of ``object
of cultural patrimony'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The seven cultural items consist of five gaan masks of painted wood
and cloth, and two wands of painted wood.
    In 1932, the Arizona State Museum purchased the five gaan masks
from Grenville Goodwin who was carrying out field studies among the
Western Apache at the time.
    In 1936, the two wands were placed on loan with the Arizona State
Museum from Grenville Goodwin, and donated to the museum in 1968 by
Goodwin's widow.
    According to museum records, the five gaan masks were made by John
Robertson of the San Carlos Apache and subsequently used. Documentation
is unclear whether these gaan were sold to Grenville Goodwin by John
Robertson (Sr.) or his son, John Robertson, Jr. with his father's
knowledge. In 1930, Mike Kirk, owner of Kirk's Trading Post, purchased
the two wands from Tom Dosnos. Tom Dosnos acquired the wand at San
Carlos at an unknown date from person(s) unknown. At a later date,
Grenville Goodwin purchased these wands from the Kirk Trading Post,
Manuelito, NM. Museum documentation and consultation with
representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos
Reservation indicates these cultural items are San Carlos Apache.
Representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos
Reservation state that the seven cultural items have ongoing
traditional and cultural importance to the tribe itself and could not
have been alienated by any individual.
    Officials of the Arizona State Museum have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(4), these seven cultural items have 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 Arizona State Museum 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, the Yavapai-Apache Nation of the
Camp Verde Indian Reservation, the Fort McDowell Mohave-Apache Indian
Community of the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, the Tonto Apache
Tribe, and the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache
Reservation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these objects should contact
Dr. Gwinn Vivian, Acting Repatriation Coordinator, Arizona State
Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721; telephone: (520)
621-4500 before September 14, 1998. 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: August 4, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 21833 Filed 8-13-98; 8:45 am]
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