Federal Register / Vol. 58, No. 123 / Tuesday, June 29, 1993 / Notices                                                                       34818

   Notice of Intent to Repatriate  Cultural Items in the Possession of  The
   Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.

   AGENCY:   National Park Service, Interior.

   ACTION:   Notice.

   Notice is hereby given  under the Native American Graves  Protection and
   Repatriation Act of 1990 of the intent to repatriate a  cultural item in
   the possession of The Heard Museum that meets the definitions of "sacred
   object" under Section 2 of the act.

   The item  consists of  a wooden  hoop 28.5 cm  in diameter  wrapped with
   green painted hide to which are attached eagle feathers, a long strip of
   animal  fur, glass  beads, and the  carcasses of  birds of  prey, one of
   which  appears to be a  bald eagle.  The  birds' beaks have been painted
   yellow and red. 

   The  object was  donated to  The Heard  Museum in  1978 as  part of  the
   donation of the Fred Harvey Fine Arts Collection, of which it had been a
   part.  No  information has been obtained relative to  the acquisition of
   the item by  the Fred Harvey Fine Arts Collection.   The original museum
   records describe the object as "227BE, Scalp Ring, Crow."  

   In  January, 1993  the  Museum supplied  an  inventory of  its  holdings
   identified as  "Crow" to authorized  representatives of the  Crow Nation
   who subsequently visited  the Museum  and examined the  collection.   At
   that time,  this item was  identified as likely  to be a  sacred object.
   The ring  was identified as having been once owned by Chief Two Leggings
   of the River  Crows, and used  in a ceremony  encompassing a full  band.
   Subsequently, the  Crow Nation  has requested  repatriation of  the item
   from The Heard  Museum in a letter  dated April 22, 1993.   The Museum's
   Collections Committee has reviewed the request, and will recommend  that
   the  Board of Trustees respond positively to the request. Authorities of
   the  United  States  Fish  and  Wildlife  Service  have  been  contacted
   regarding applicability  of Federal endangered species  statutes to this

   Representatives of any other tribe that believes itself to be culturally
   affiliated with this item should  contact Martin Sullivan, Director, The
   Heard Museum, 22  E. Monte  Vista, Phoenix, AZ  85004, telephone:  (602)
   252-8840 before July  29, 1993.   Repatriation of the  item to the  Crow
   Nation  may  begin  after that  date  if  no  additional claimants  come

   Dated:  June 16, 1993

   Francis P. McManamon

   Departmental Consulting Archeologist
   Chief, Archeological Assistance Division
   [FR Doc. 93-15223 Filed 6-28-93; 8:45am]
   BILLING CODE 4310-70-F

Back to the top

Back to National-NAGPRA