FR Doc E7-4726
[Federal Register: March 15, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 50)]
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[Page 12193]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR


National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items: University of 
Kansas, Lawrence, KS

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    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 in the possession of the University of 
Kansas, Lawrence, KS that meet the definitions of "sacred objects and 
"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 cultural 
items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.
    The four cultural items are four Hopi ``spirit friends'' or Katsina 
masks (Matia, Hopak, Woe, and Mudhead). In 1966, Mrs. Agnese N. Haury 
purchased masks of the Hopi deities Matia, Hopak, and Woe at O'Reilly's 
Plaza Art Galleries, Inc., in New York. Mrs. Haury donated the three 
Katsina masks to the University of Kansas in 1990. In 1992, the Karl 
Menninger Foundation donated a mask of the Hopi deity Mudhead to the 
University of Kansas. It is not known when or how Dr. Menninger 
acquired the Mudhead mask.
    Representatives of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, acting on behalf of 
the Katsinmomngwit (Hopi traditional religious leaders), have 
identified the four cultural items as being needed by traditional Hopi 
religious leaders for the practice of a traditional Native American 
religion by their present-day adherents. Representatives of the Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona also have identified the four cultural items as having 
ongoing historical, traditional, and cultural importance central to the 
culture itself, and the cultural items could not be alienated by any 
individual.
    Officials of the University of Kansas have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(C), the four cultural items described 
above are specific ceremonial objects needed by traditional Native 
American religious leaders for the practice of traditional Native 
American religions by their present-day adherents. Officials of the 
University of Kansas also have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 
3001 (3)(D), the four 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. Lastly, officials of the University of Kansas have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a 
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced 
between the sacred objects/objects of cultural patrimony and the Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the sacred objects/objects of cultural 
patrimony should contact Thomas A. Foor, NAGPRA Coordinator, ARCC, 
University of Kansas, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 5B, 
Lawrence, KS 66045-7500, telephone (785) 766-5476, before April 16, 
2007. Repatriation of the sacred objects/objects of cultural patrimony 
to the Hopi Tribe of Arizona may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    The University of Kansas is responsible for notifying the Hopi 
Tribe of Arizona that this notice has been published.

    Dated: January 24, 2007.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E7-4726 Filed 3-14-07; 8:45 am]

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