[Federal Register: May 28, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 103)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession
of the American Museum of Natural History of New York, NY

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 American Museum of Natural
History which meets the definition of ``object of cultural patrimony''
under Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural item is a San Carlos Apache cap made of hide
(buckskin), feathers, beads (glass), sinew, pigment, and thread.
    In 1910, Pliny E. Goddard collected this cultural item on the San
Carlos Apache Reservation on behalf of the American Museum of Natural
History. The Museum accessioned the cap into its collection the same
year (AMNH Accession Number 1910-22).
    The cultural affiliation of this item is San Carlos Apache as
indicated through Museum records and consultation with representatives
of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation.
Consultation evidence presented by representatives of the San Carlos
Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation indicates that this item has
ongoing historical, traditional, and cultural importance central to the
tribe itself, and no individual had the right to alienate it at the
time of acquisition.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the American
Museum of Natural History 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 American Museum of Natural History 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.
    Authorities of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service have
been contacted regarding applicability of the Migratory Bird Treaty
Act, the Bald Eagle Act, the Golden Eagle Act, and the Endangered
Species Act to this transfer and have concurred in the conclusion that
the object is not covered due to its age.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the San Carlos Apache
Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, the White Mountain Apache Tribe of
the Fort Apache Reservation, the Fort McDowell Mohave-Apache Indian
Community of the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, the Tonto Apache
Tribe of Arizona, the Yavapai-Apache Indian Community of

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the Camp Verde Reservation, the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, the Fort Sill
Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, the Jicarilla Apache Tribe of the Jicarilla
Indian Reservation, and the Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero
Reservation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with this object should contact
Martha Graham, Registrar for Cultural Resources, American Museum of
Natural History, Department of Anthropology, Central Park West at 79th
Street, New York, NY 10024-5192, telephone (212) 769-5846, before June
28, 1999. Repatriation of this object 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 contents of or
determinations within this notice.
Dated: May 3, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-13599 Filed 5-27-99; 8:45 am]
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