[Federal Register: June 8, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 109)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items from Arizona in the
Possession of the Arizona State Museum, Tucson, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service

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 from Arizona in the possession of the Arizona State
Museum, Tucson, AZ which meets the definition of ``objects of cultural
patrimony'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural items consist of four wooden ceremonial standards,
four wooden ceremonial hoops, and ceremonial bundle.
    Prior to 1943, these cultural items were removed from a crevice in
rocks on the San Carlos Apache Reservation without permission by
person(s) unknown. In 1943, these cultural items were donated to the
Kinishba Museum by Mr. Sam Duvall. In 1969, these cultural items were
transferred to the Arizona State Museum.
    Consultation with representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe
has indicated that these cultural items were removed from tribal lands
without permission of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Further,
representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe state that these are
items which have ongoing traditional and cultural importance central to
the culture itself and could not have been conveyed or alienated by any
individual.
    Officials of the Arizona State Museum have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(4), these nine cultural items have ongoing
historical, traditional, and cultural importance central to the tribe
itself, and could not have been alienated, appropriated, or conveyed by
any individual. Officials of the Arizona State 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 San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the San Carlos Apache
Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, the Yavapai-Apache Nation of the
Camp Verde Indian Reservation, the Fort McDowell Mohave-Apache Indian
Community of the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, the Tonto Apache
Tribe, and the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache
Reservation. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these objects should contact
Dr. Gwinn Vivian, Acting Repatriation Coordinator, Arizona State
Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721; telephone: (520) 621-
4500 before July 8, 1998. Repatriation of these objects to the San
Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation may begin after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: June 2, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-15150 Filed 6-5-98; 8:45 am]
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