[Federal Register: March 1, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 41)]
[Notices]
[Page 11076-11077]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Heard Museum, Phoenix, 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 Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ which
meets the definition of ``sacred object'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural items consist of two rattles and four paddles. The
first rattle is made of leather, bamboo, porcupine quills and fur. The
second rattle is made of leather, cotton string, fur, and feathers. The
four paddles are painted wood.
    In 1973, the first rattle was donated to the Heard Museum by Dr.
and Mrs. Byron Butler; and the rattle was collected at an unknown date
in an unknown location. In 1974, the second rattle was donated to the
Heard Museum by Woodard's Indian Arts; and the rattle was collected at
an unknown date in an unknown location. In 1983, the four paddles were
donated to the Heard Museum by Mr. and Mrs. Byron Harvey III; and these
paddles were collected at an unknown date in an unknown location.
    Consultation evidence presented by representatives of the Navajo
Nation indicates that these rattles and paddles are used in a number of
ceremonies including the Male Shooting Way Chant. Consultation further
indicates these six cultural items are specific ceremonial objects
needed by traditional Navajo medicine men for the practice of
traditional Navajo ceremonies.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Heard
Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2(d)(3), these six
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 Heard 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 Navajo Nation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Navajo Nation.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these objects should contact Gloria
Lomahaftewa, Assistant to the Director for Native American Relations,
Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004-1480; telephone:
(602) 252-8840 before March 31, 2000. Repatriation of these objects to
the Navajo Nation may begin after that date if no additional claimants
come forward.

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    Dated: February 9, 2000.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
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