Native American human remains and associated funerary objects: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, NM— Leather cap,

 
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[Federal Register: October 28, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 208)]

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From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM

AGENCY: National Park Service, DOI.

ACTION: Notice.

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 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM which meets the definition of ``object of cultural patrimony'' under Section 2 of the Act.

The cultural item is a leather cap constructed of buckskin, brass, silver, glass, and a feather.

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In 1934, this cultural item was purchased on the San Carlos Apache Reservation by the Laboratory of Anthropology. The Laboratory of Anthropology became part of the Museum of New Mexico in 1947.

Representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation have stated that this object has ongoing historical, traditional, and cultural importance central to the culture itself, and that no individual had the right to alienate this cultural item. Information regarding the status of this cultural item is being withheld from this notice by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/ Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico at the request of the representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in order not to compromise the San Carlos Apache Tribe's code of religious practice.

Officials of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(4), this cultural item has ongoing historical, traditional, and cultural importance central to the culture itself, and could not have been alienated, appropriated, or conveyed by any individual. Officials of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/ Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico 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 this item and the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation.

This notice has been sent to officials of the Fort McDowell Mohave- Apache Indian Community of the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, the Tonto Apache Tribe, the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, and the Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Reservation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these objects should contact Patricia House, Director, Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures/Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, P.O. Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM 87504- 2087; telephone: (505) 827-6344 before November 27, 1998. Repatriation of these objects to the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation may begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.

The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations within this notice. Dated: October 6, 1998. Francis P. McManamon, Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.

[FR Doc. 98-28807Filed10-27-98; 8:45 am]

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