[Federal Register: July 11, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 133)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession
of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, Lancaster, CA, and in the Control
of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Sacramento, CA

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given in accordance with 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
Antelope Valley Indian Museum, Lancaster, CA, and in the control of the
California Department of Parks and Recreation, Sacramento, CA, that
meets the definition of ``unassociated funerary 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, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these
cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    The one cultural item is a wedding blanket made of white cotton.
The dates of fabrication and/or use are unknown. The blanket was
donated by an unidentified resident of Oraibi Village, Third Mesa, in
Arizona, to the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, Lancaster, CA, in 1954.
The owner of the museum, Grace W. Oliver, donated the blanket to the
California Department of Parks and Recreation in 1979.
    Departmental records indicate that it was taken from a burial cave
that was disturbed as a result of construction activities. Information
provided by representatives of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona and of the
village of Oraibi substantiates cultural affiliation of the blanket
with the Hopi Tribe of Arizona.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
California Department of Parks and Recreation have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(2)(ii), this cultural item is reasonably
believed to have been placed with or near individual human remains at
the time of death or later as part of the death rite or ceremony and is
believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from
a specific burial site of an Native American individual. Officials of
the California Department of Parks and Recreation 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 item and the
Hopi Tribe of Arizona.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe of
Arizona. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself
to be culturally affiliated with this unassociated funerary object
should contact Paulette Hennum, NAGPRA Coordinator, California
Department of Parks and Recreation, 1416 9th Street, Room 902,
Sacramento, CA 95814, telephone (916) 653-7976, before August 12, 2002.
Repatriation of this unassociated

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funerary object to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona may begin after that date
if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: May 16, 2002.
Paula Molloy,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 02-17085 Filed 7-10-02; 8:45 am]
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