[Federal Register: April 2, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 63)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and
Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA

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 University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA, that meet the
definition of ``object of cultural patrimony'' under Section 2 of the
Act.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 43 CFR 10.2 (c). The
determinations within this notice are the sole responsibility of the
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these
cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations within this notice.
    The 19 cultural items are ceremonial masks made of painted wood.
    In 1935, Frederica de Laguna collected these cultural items from a
refuse pit in the village of Holikachuk, AK, during an archeological
and geological expedition to the middle and lower Yukon River,
sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and
Anthropology. Following the expedition, these cultural items were
accessioned into the collections of the University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
    In 1963, the residents of the village of Holikachuk permanently
moved to the neighboring village of Grayling, AK. Documentation
associated with the masks and information provided by representatives
of Denakkanaaga, Inc., authorized representatives of the Organized
Village of Grayling (aka Holikachuk), confirms that a shared group
identity exists between the residents of the village of Holikachuk and
the residents of present-day Organized Village of Grayling (aka
Holikachuk). Consultation evidence from the elders from the Organized
Village of Grayling (aka Holikachuk) and representatives of
Denakkanaaga, Inc., indicates that, at the time of collection, these
cultural items were considered to be communal property of the residents
of the village of Holikachuk and could not properly or legally have
been sold, alienated, appropriated, conveyed, or taken into ownership
by any individual.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology have
determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(4), these 19 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
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology also
have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced
between these objects of cultural patrimony and the Organized Village
of Grayling (aka Holikachuk). This notice has been sent to officials of
Denakkanaaga, Inc., and the Organized Village of Grayling (aka
Holikachuk). Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
itself to be culturally affiliated with these objects of cultural
patrimony should contact Dr. Jeremy Sabloff, the Williams Director,
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 33rd
and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324, telephone (215) 898-
4051, facsimile (215) 898-0657, before May 2, 2001. Repatriation of
these objects of cultural patrimony to the Organized Village of
Grayling (aka Holikachuk) may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.

    Dated: March 16, 2001.
John Robbins,
Assistant Director, Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnerships.
[FR Doc. 01-7983 Filed 3-30-01; 8:45 am]
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