[Federal Register: January 26, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 18)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession
of the Ilwaco Heritage Foundation, Ilwaco, WA

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 a
cultural item in the possession of the Ilwaco Heritage Museum, Ilwaco,
WA, that meets the definitions of ``sacred object'' under Section 2 of
the Act.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2(c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum that has control over this cultural item. The National Park
Service is not responsible for determinations within this notice.
    The cultural item is a carved ceremonial staff with the head of
Raven, 85 cm long (accession number 1987.164/2, catalog number 85.7).
    The cultural item was acquired by the late Charles Bacon of Ilwaco,
WA, on the Quinault Reservation in Taholah, WA, in 1952. Mr. Bacon
transferred the cultural item to the Ilwaco Heritage Museum in 1987.
    Cultural affiliation with the Quinault Tribe of the Quinault
Reservation, Washington, is indicated by the object's place of
acquisition on the Quinault Reservation in Taholah, WA. Correspondence
with the Quinault Cultural Center further indicates the object is a
speaker's staff needed by Quinault traditional religious leaders today
for ongoing sacred Thunderbird, Wolf, Bear, Sea Lion, Otter, and Raven
ceremonies, and to honor the First Salmon Ceremony, the Salmon Berry
Feasts, and Elk Festival. Consultation with the Quinault Cultural
Center suggests that, since one would expect such an object to be
handed down from generation to generation within a family group, the
raven staff also may be an object of cultural patrimony.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, and with the
recommendation of the staff of the Ilwaco Heritage Museum, the Ilwaco
Heritage Foundation Board of Directors has determined that, pursuant to
43 CFR 10.2(d)(3), this cultural item is a specific ceremonial object
needed by traditional Native American religious leaders for the
practice of traditional Native American religions by their current-day
adherents. The Ilwaco Heritage Foundation Board of Directors also has
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2(e), there is a relationship of
shared identity that can be traced between this cultural item and the
Quinault Tribe of the Quinault Reservation, Washington.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Quinault Tribe of the
Quinault Reservation, Washington. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with this
cultural item should contact Hobe Kytr, Administrator of the Ilwaco
Heritage Museum, P.O. Box 153, Ilwaco, WA 98624, telephone (360) 642-
3446, before February 26, 2001. Repatriation of the cultural item to
the Quinault Tribe of the Quinault Reservation, Washington may begin
after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: January 17, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-2323 Filed 1-25-01; 8:45 am]
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