[Federal Register: March 9, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 47)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession
of the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology, Ann Arbor, MI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3), of the intent to
repatriate a cultural item in the possession of the University of
Michigan Museum of Anthropology, Ann Arbor, MI, that meets the
definition of ``object of cultural patrimony'' under section 2 of the
Act.
    The one cultural item is a headdress made of wood, string, cotton
cloth, and pigments. The gray cotton hood has 2 small eye holes and is
attached to 12 slats of wood radiating out from the top, forming a wide
``V'' shape. Attached between the ``V'' is a full circle made of a reed
covered three-quarters in wooden feathers, and within the circle is a
suspended four-point cross. Both sides of the wood are painted.
    Prior to 1950, this headdress was collected from person(s) and
locations unknown. In 1966, this headdress was donated to the
University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology through a bequest of the
estate of Mrs. Louise Shepard Corbrusier. Following consultation with
representatives of the Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona, the White
Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, and the San
Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, this headdress has
been identified as a cultural item playing an integral role in the
Apache ceremonies involving the Dilzini Gaan. The headdress is an
element of the Na'ii'ees, the Western Apache girls' puberty rite or
Changing Woman ceremony. After further consultation with the Tonto
Apache Tribe of Arizona; the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort
Apache Reservation, Arizona; and the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San
Carlos Reservation, Arizona, the University of Michigan agrees that the
most appropriate recipient is the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the
Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona.
    Officials of the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(4), this cultural item has
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 University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology also
have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced
between this cultural item and the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the
Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona. This notice has been sent to
officials of the Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; the White Mountain
Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona; and the San
Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with this cultural item should contact Karen
O'Brien, Collections Manager, University of Michigan Museum of
Anthropology, 1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, telephone (734)
764-6299, before April 9, 2001. Repatriation of this cultural item to
the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona
may begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: February 15, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
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