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Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix, AZ

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AGENCY:

National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Pueblo Grande Museum, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has determined that the cultural items listed in this notice meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request to the Pueblo Grande Museum. If no additional claimants come forward, transfer of control of the cultural items to the lineal descendants, Indian Tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

DATES:

Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request with information in support of the claim to the Pueblo Grande Museum at the address in this notice by June 29, 2020.

ADDRESSES:

Lindsey Vogel-Teeter, Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034,

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telephone (602) 534-1572, email lindsey.vogel-teeter@phoenix.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items under the control of the Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix, AZ, that meet the definition of unassociated funerary objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001.

This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Items

Sometime prior to July 1953, six cultural items were removed from the vicinity of site NA3640, which is located in proximity to the argillite mines in Chino Valley, Yavapai County, AZ. In 1953, these objects were transferred to the Pueblo Grande Museum by private collectors Ida and Moulton Smith. Provenience information provided for the objects states they were “. . .found in a shallow grave on Taylor land east of the prehistoric pipestone quarries north of Chino Valley in Yavapai County.” The six unassociated funerary objects are four copper bells and two textile fragments. The unassociated funerary objects likely belong to the Sinagua Archeological Culture.

The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe (previously listed as Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the Yavapai Reservation, Arizona) trace their ancestry to bands once living in the Sinagua archeological cultural area.

Determinations Made by the Pueblo Grande Museum

Officials of the Pueblo Grande Museum have determined that:

  • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), the six cultural items described above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near individual human remains at the time of death or later as part of the death rite or ceremony and are believed, by a preponderance of the evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native American individual.
  • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the six unassociated funerary objects and the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the Yavapai Reservation, Arizona).

Additional Requestors and Disposition

Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request with information in support of the claim to Lindsey Vogel-Teeter, Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034, telephone (602) 534-1572, email lindsey.vogel-teeter@phoenix.gov, by June 29, 2020. After that date, if no additional claimants have come forward, transfer of control of the six unassociated funerary objects to the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the Yavapai Reservation, Arizona) may proceed.

The Pueblo Grande Museum is responsible for notifying the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe (previously listed as the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe of the Yavapai Reservation, Arizona) that this notice has been published.

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Dated: April 20, 2020.

Melanie O'Brien,

Manager, National NAGPRA Program.

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[FR Doc. 2020-11560 Filed 5-28-20; 8:45 am]

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