[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 159 (Friday, August 16, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50108-50109]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-19996]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13658; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Item: Rochester Museum & 
Science Center, Rochester, NY

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Rochester Museum & Science Center, in consultation with 
the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has 
determined that the cultural item listed in this notice meets the 
definition of a sacred object and an object of cultural patrimony. 
Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim 
this cultural item should submit a written request to the Rochester 
Museum & Science Center. If no additional claimants come forward, 
transfer of control of the cultural item 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 this cultural item should submit a written request with 
information in support of the claim to the Rochester Museum & Science 
Center at the address in this notice by September 16, 2013.

ADDRESSES: George McIntosh, Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East 
Ave., Rochester, NY 14607, telephone (585) 271-4552 x 306, email 
george_mcintosh@rmsc.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 a cultural item under the 
control of the Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester, NY, that 
meets the definition of a sacred object and an object 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 Item(s)

    The one sacred object and object of cultural patrimony is a Chilkat 
blanket (27.92.1/AE 580). Rochester Museum & Science Center catalog 
records show that on January 1, 1927, the Rochester Museum & Science 
Center (then Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences) purchased the 
Chilkat blanket from John G. Worth of New York City,

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NY. The records indicate that the Chilkat blanket is from Alaska but 
contain no additional provenience information.
    Based on consultation with the Central Council of the Tlingit & 
Haida Indian Tribes, the Rochester Museum & Science Center reasonably 
believes this cultural item is culturally affiliated with the Tlingit. 
Furthermore, the museum was also informed during consultation that the 
object is considered to be both a sacred object and an object of 
cultural patrimony.

Determinations Made by the Rochester Museum & Science Center

    Officials of the Rochester Museum & Science Center have determined 
that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(C), the one cultural item 
described above is a specific ceremonial object needed by traditional 
Native American religious leaders for the practice of traditional 
Native American religions by their present-day adherents.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(D), the one cultural item 
described above has 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 sacred 
object/object of cultural patrimony and the Central Council of the 
Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes.

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 George McIntosh, Rochester Museum & Science 
Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607, telephone (585) 271-4552 x 
306, email george_mcintosh@rmsc.org, by September 16, 2013. After that 
date, if no additional claimants have come forward, transfer of control 
of the sacred object/object of cultural patrimony to the Central 
Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes may proceed.
    The Rochester Museum & Science Center is responsible for notifying 
the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: July 29, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-19996 Filed 8-15-13; 8:45 am]
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