[Federal Register: October 28, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 208)]
[Notices]
[Page 57704-57705]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession
of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology,
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM

AGENCY: National Park Service, DOI.

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 Museum of Indian Arts and
Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
which meets the definition of ``object of cultural patrimony'' under
Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural item is a leather cap constructed of buckskin, brass,
silver, glass, and a feather.

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    In 1934, this cultural item was purchased on the San Carlos Apache
Reservation by the Laboratory of Anthropology. The Laboratory of
Anthropology became part of the Museum of New Mexico in 1947.
    Representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos
Reservation have stated that this object has ongoing historical,
traditional, and cultural importance central to the culture itself, and
that no individual had the right to alienate this cultural item.
Information regarding the status of this cultural item is being
withheld from this notice by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/
Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico at the request of the
representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in order not to
compromise the San Carlos Apache Tribe's code of religious practice.
    Officials of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of
Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(4), this cultural item has ongoing historical,
traditional, and cultural importance central to the culture itself, and
could not have been alienated, appropriated, or conveyed by any
individual. Officials of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/
Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico 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 this item and the
San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Fort McDowell Mohave-
Apache Indian Community of the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, the
San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, the Tonto Apache
Tribe, the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation,
and the Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Reservation.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these objects should contact Patricia House,
Director, Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures/Laboratory of
Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, P.O. Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM 87504-
2087; telephone: (505) 827-6344 before November 27, 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.
    The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations
within this notice.
Dated: October 6, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-28807 Filed 10-27-98; 8:45 am]
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