[Federal Register: April 14, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 71)]
[Page 18445]
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National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession
of the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice.


    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3), of the intent to repatriate
a cultural item in the possession of the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
which meets the definition of ``sacred object'' under Section 2 of the
    The cultural item consists of a natural stone formation known as
Pokonghoya (Deity of Protection).
    During the early 1900s, this cultural item was collected from an
unknown location by Henry Voth. In 1978, this cultural item was donated
to the Heard Museum by the Fred Harvey Corporation.
    During consultation, representatives of the Hopi Tribe identified
this cultural item as central to the continuance of the Soyalang
(Winter Solstice) ceremony.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Heard
Museum have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(3), this
cultural item is a specific ceremonial object needed by traditional
Native American religious leaders for the practice of traditional
Native American religions by their present-day adherents. Officials of
the Heard 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 this item and the Hopi Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Hopi Tribe.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with this object should contact Martin Sullivan,
Director, Heard Museum, 22 E. Monte Vista Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004-1480;
telephone: (602) 252-8840 before May 14, 1999. Repatriation of this
object to the Hopi Tribe may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: April 5, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-9326 Filed 4-13-99; 8:45 am]

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