Federal Register / Vol. 60, No. 16 / Wednesday, January  25, 1995
          / Notices                                        Page 4922 & 4923

          DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

          National Park Service

          Notice  of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession
          of the Navajo Nation Museum, Window Rock, 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 Navajo Nation
          Museum, Window  Rock, AZ, that  meets the definitions  of "sacred
          object" and "object of cultural patrimony" under section 2 of the
          act.

          On November  16,  1993, the  Navajo  Nation Museum  sent  summary
          information on  their collections to the Oneida  Tribe of Indians
          of Wisconsin.   In response to  this information, representatives
          of  the Oneida Tribe of  Indians of Wisconsin  visited the Navajo
          Nation Museum in October,  1994, identified a carved  wooden mask
          as being a sacred object and an object of cultural patrimony, and
          requested its repatriation.

          The  carved wooden mask is  approximately life size.  The nose of
          the mask is twisted at  an angle. The eye sockets are  lined with
          copper sheeting.  Two pieces of horse tail  are nailed to the top
          of  the mask so that  the hair falls on either  side of the face.
          The surface of the mask is painted red. A buckskin loop is nailed
          to the top for hanging the mask. Museum records indicate that the
          mask was ordered from White Deer Indian Traders of Stevens Point,
          Wisconsin, in 1961.

          Representatives of the Oneida Tribe  of Indians of Wisconsin have
          identified this item as a medicine or false face mask. Such masks
          represent  the   power  of  particular   medicine  beings.   This
          particular mask  represents the  Red-Faced Spirit, also  known as
          Keel-Nose.  The  Oneida Tribe  of  Indians  of Wisconsin  resides
          within sixty miles of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

          Representatives  of  the Oneida  Tribe  of  Indians of  Wisconsin
          affirm  that this  specific  false face  mask  is needed  by  the
          traditional religious leaders  of the Oneida Tribe  of Indians of
          Wisconsin for the practice of the traditional mid-winter ceremony
          by present-day adherents.  Representatives of the Oneida Tribe of
          Indians of Wisconsin  also affirm  that this false  face mask  is
          owned  collectively by the members of the Oneida Tribe of Indians
          of Wisconsin and no individual had the right to sell or otherwise
          alienate the mask.

          Based on the above mentioned information, officials of the Navajo
          Nation Museum have determined that,
          pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared
          group identity which can be reasonably traced between this  false
          face  mask   and  the  Oneida  Tribe  of  Indians  of  Wisconsin.
          Officials of the  Navajo Nation Museum have  also determined that
          this false face mask  meets the definitions of sacred  object and
          object of cultural patrimony pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(C).          Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
          be  culturally   affiliated  with  this  object   should  contact
          Clarenda Begay,  Museum Director,  Navajo  Nation Museum,  Window
          Rock, Arizona, 86515,  telephone (602)  871-6673 before  February
          24, 1995.   Repatriation of this  false face  mask to the  Oneida
          Tribe of  Indians of Wisconsin  can begin after  that date  if no
          additional claimants come forward.

          Dated: January 20, 1995




          Francis P. MacManamon
          Departmental Consulting Archeologist
          Chief, Archeological Assistance Division
          [FR Doc. 95-1876 Filed 1-24-95; 8:45 am]
          BILLING CODE 4310-70-F

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