[Federal Register: July 12, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 132)]
[Notices]
[Page 37567]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession
of the American Museum of Natural History of New York, NY

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
a cultural item in the possession of the American Museum of Natural
History which meets the definition of ``object of cultural patrimony''
under Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural item is a wooden canoe prow piece carved in the shape
of a beaver. It is painted red with black and blue-green detailing and
it has abalone teeth and eyes. Representatives of Kootznoowoo,
Incorporated, identified this prow piece as belonging to the one canoe
that survived the U.S. Navy's shelling of Angoon in 1882.
    In 1911, the American Museum of Natural History purchased this prow
piece from George Thornton Emmons. The Museum accessioned the item into
its collection the same year (AMNH Accession Number 1911-7).
    The cultural affiliation of this item is Hutsnuwu (``Hootz-ah-tar''
) Tlingit as indicated through Museum records and consultation with
representatives of Kootznoowoo, Incorporated. Kootznoowoo,
Incorporated, had requested the object on behalf of the Deisheetaan
Clan. Consultation evidence presented by representatives of
Kootznoowoo, Incorporated, indicates that this item has ongoing
historical, traditional, and cultural importance central to the tribe
itself, and no individual had the right to alienate it at the time of
acquisition.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the American
Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(4), this cultural item has 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 American Museum of Natural History 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
Kootznoowoo, Incorporated.
    This notice has been sent to officials of Kootznoowoo,
Incorporated, and the Angoon Community Association. Representatives of
any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with this object should contact Martha Graham, Registrar for Cultural
Resources, Department of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural
History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192,
telephone (212) 769-5846, before August 11, 1999. Repatriation of this
object to Kootznoowoo, Incorporated, may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.
    The National Park Service is not responsible for the contents of or
determinations within this notice.
Dated: July 2, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-17659 Filed 7-9-99; 8:45 am]
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