[Federal Register Volume 59, Number 38 (Friday, February 25, 1994)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
 

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession 
of the University of Iowa, Museum of Natural History

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection 
and Repatriation Act of 1990 of the intent to repatriate a cultural 
item in the possession of the University of Iowa, Museum of Natural 
History, that meets the definitions of ``sacred object'' and ``object 
of cultural patrimony'' under Section 2 of the act.
    The cultural item consists of one large carved wooden object. This 
object measures 25 3/4'' long by 2 3/4'' diameter. The date of 
collection and provenance of the object are unknown. Museum records 
indicate that the object may have been obtained in the early 1880's by 
Daniel H. Talbot of Sioux City, Iowa, who donated his extensive 
personal collection to the museum in 1891.
    The form of the object leads the Museum to believe it is of Zuni 
origin, and most likely represents a Zuni War God. Copies of museum 
records and photographs of the object have been provided to the Pueblo 
of Zuni. Authorized representatives of the Pueblo of Zuni have viewed 
the object and concur with the identification of the object as a Zuni 
War God. The Pueblo of Zuni has requested repatriation of the object 
from the University of Iowa, Museum of Natural History, in a letter 
dated November 29, 1993. The University of Iowa, Museum of Natural 
History, has no objection.
    The object has been transferred to representatives of the Pueblo of 
Zuni. Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with this object are advised to contact Robert 
E. Lewis, Governor, Pueblo of Zuni, Box 339, Zuni, New Mexico 87327, 
telephone: (505) 782-4481.
Dated: January 10, 1994.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist Chief, Archeological Assistance 
Division.
[FR Doc. 94-4239 Filed 2-24-94; 8:45am]
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