[Federal Register: February 2, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 21)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Mesa Southwest Museum, Mesa, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3), of the intent to repatriate
cultural items in the possession of the Mesa Southwest Museumwhich meet
the definition of ``objects of cultural patrimony'' under Section 2 of
the Act.
    The items are one Navajo Talking God yei mask, and one Navajo
Monster Slayer yei mask. These are case masks made of buckskin and
painted.
    In 1986, these two masks were donated to the museum by a private
individual.
    The cultural affiliation of these masks is clearly Navajo as
documented by museum records and through consultation with
representatives of the Navajo Nation. Representatives of the Navajo
Nation have documented the ongoing historical, traditional, and
cultural importance of these items, and that they could not have been
alienated by any individual tribal member.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Mesa
Southwest Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(4),
these cultural items have 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 Mesa Southwest Museum 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 these items and the Navajo Nation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Navajo Nation.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these objects should contact Tray C. Mead,
Museum Administrator, Mesa Southwest Museum, 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa, AZ
85201; or telephone Dr. Susan Shaffer Nahmias, NAGPRA/Tribal Liaison at
(602) 644-2563 before March 4, 1998. Repatriation of these objects to
the Navajo Nation may begin after that date if no additional claimants
come forward.
Dated: January 28, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-2458 Filed 1-30-98; 8:45 am]
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