[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 146 (Tuesday, July 30, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Page 45964]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov ]
[FR Doc No: 2013-18277]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13290;PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Monterey Museum of 
Art, Monterey, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Monterey Museum of Art, in consultation with the 
appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has 
determined that the cultural items listed in this notice meet the 
definition of objects of cultural patrimony. Lineal descendants or 
representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not 
identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items 
should submit a written request to the Monterey Museum of Art. If no 
additional claimants come forward, transfer of control of the cultural 
items to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian 
organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
claim these cultural items should submit a written request with 
information in support of the claim to the Monterey Museum of Art at 
the address in this notice by August 29, 2013.

ADDRESSES: John Rexine, Registrar, Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific 
St., Monterey, CA 93940, telephone (831) 372-5477, email 
jrexine@montereyart.org .

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 
U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items under the 
control of the Monterey Museum of Art that meet the definition of 
objects of cultural patrimony under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The 
determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native 
American cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Items

    In approximately the 1940s or 1950s, 193 cultural items of ivory, 
bone, wood, and stone were removed from the Iyatet site, in Nome 
County, AK, by anthropologist Mr. J.L. Giddings and local guide Mr. 
Louis Nakarak. The objects were subsequently purchased by Mr. William 
Holman of Pacific Grove, CA. Mr. Holman then donated the objects to the 
Monterey Museum of Art on November 20, 1978. The 193 objects of 
cultural patrimony are 42 harpoon or projectile points, 38 pendants or 
beads, 3 fire-starters, 4 hand tools, 6 fishing weights, 37 carvings, 1 
scraper, 3 dogsled runners, 1 club, 4 needles or awls, and 54 other 
objects made of ivory, bone, wood and stone.
    In the 1978 Deed of Gift to the Monterey Museum of Art, Mr. Holman 
notes that the objects were excavated from a site 125 miles east of 
Nome, AK, and were said to date to 6,000 years or more before present. 
The location and site of Iyatet matches this description, and the 
Native Village of Shaktoolik in Nome County, AK, is the nearest 
community that claims cultural affiliation with the site and with the 
objects of cultural patrimony removed from the site. The Native Village 
of Shaktoolik has made a claim to these objects and, through 
consultation, has provided information in support of that claim.

Determinations Made by the Monterey Museum of Art

    Officials of the Monterey Museum of Art have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(D), the 193 cultural items 
described above have ongoing historical, traditional, or cultural 
importance central to the Native American group or culture itself, 
rather than property owned by an individual.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of 
shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the objects 
of cultural patrimony and the Native Village of Shaktoolik.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim 
these cultural items should submit a written request with information 
in support of the claim to John Rexine, Registrar, Monterey Museum of 
Art, 559 Pacific St., Monterey, CA 93940, telephone (831) 372-5477, 
email jrexine@montereyart.org  by August 29, 2013. After that date, if 
no additional claimants have come forward, transfer of control of the 
objects of cultural patrimony to the Native Village of Shaktoolik may 
proceed.
    The Monterey Museum of Art is responsible for notifying the Native 
Village of Shaktoolik that this notice has been published.

    Dated: June 11, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-18277 Filed 7-29-13; 8:45 am]
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