[Federal Register: August 26, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 165)]
[Notices]
[Page 46719-46720]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items From Shannon
County, SD in the Possession of the Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne, WY

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
cultural items in the possession of the Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne,
WY which meet the definition of ``sacred objects'' under Section 2 of
the Act.
    The cultural items are two arrows with steel points and fletched
with feathers; a wooden bow with pink ribbons attached at knocks, front
stained blue and belly stained red; and a pipestem.
    In 1919, John Hunton of Fort Laramie, WY donated these cultural
items to the Wyoming State Museum. Donor information accompanying these
cultural items indicates that on December 29, 1890, they were picked up
on the Wounded Knee Massacre site by a U.S. Army scout Baptiste
``Little Bat'' Garnier, who later gave them to John Hunton.
    The donor information accompanying these cultural items clearly
indicates that they were removed without permission of the owners or
relatives following the massacre. Consultation evidence provided by
representatives of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe states that
``mourning [associated with Wounded Knee].. cannot end until all of the
property stolen away from the dead... is returned... and all necessary
spiritual ceremonies relating to the traditional burial rites of the
Lakota have been performed and executed by Lakota spiritual leaders.''
    Officials of the Wyoming State Museum have determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(3), these four cultural items are specific
ceremonial objects needed by traditional Native American religious
leaders for the practice of traditional Native American religions by
their present-day adherents. Officials of the Wyoming State 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 these items and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux
Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, and Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the
Rosebud Indian Reservation.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cheyenne River Sioux
Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, Rosebud Sioux
Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
of North and South Dakota. Representatives of any other Indian tribe
that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these objects
should contact Jennifer Alexander, Supervisor of Collections, Wyoming
State Museum, 6101 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, WY 82002; telephone:
(307) 777-5472 before September 27, 1999. Repatriation of these objects
to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge
Reservation, and Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation
may begin after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations
within or the content of this notice.

    Dated: January 21, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-22161 Filed 8-25-99; 8:45 am]
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