[Federal Register: June 15, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 114)]
[Notices]
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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 Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures/Laboratory of
Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM

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 in the possession of the Museum of Indian Arts and
Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
which meet the definition of ``object of cultural patrimony'' under
Section 2 of the Act.
    The 15 cultural items consist of five Apache gaan masks constructed
of painted wood, cloth, and feathers; nine associated painted wood
wands; and one associated bull roarer constructed of wood and leather.
    Prior to 1935, Grenville Goodwin acquired these 15 cultural items
on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. In 1935,

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these cultural items were purchased from Mr. Goodwin by the Laboratory
of Anthropology, which became part of the Museum of New Mexico in 1947.
    The cultural affiliation of these cultural items is clearly San
Carlos Apache as indicated through donor information, museum records,
and consultation with representatives of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of
the San Carlos Reservation. Representatives of the San Carlos Apache
Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation have further stated that these
items have ongoing historical, traditional, and cultural importance
central to the tribe itself, and no individual had or has the right to
alienate them.
    Officials of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of
Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(4), these 15 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 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/
Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico 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 White Mountain Apache Tribe of
the Fort Apache Reservation, the Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona, the
Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Reservation, the Apache Tribe
of Oklahoma, and the Fort McDowell Mohave-Apache Indian Community of
the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation. Representatives of any other
Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with
these objects should contact Patricia House, Director, Museum of Indian
Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, P.O.
Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087; telephone: (505) 827-6344 before
July 15, 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 8, 1998.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-15820 Filed 6-12-98; 8:45 am]
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