[Federal Register: October 1, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 191)]
[Page 51302]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
from South Dakota in the Possession of the Fruitlands Museums, Harvard,

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice


    Notice is hereby given in accordance with provisions of the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C.
3003 (d), of the completion of an inventory of human remains in the
possession of the Fruitlands Museums, Harvard, MA.
    A detailed inventory and assessment of the human remains has been
made by Fruitlands Museums professional staff in consultation with
representatives of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe,
and Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
    The human remains consist of the scalp and hair of a single
individual. The scalp was purchased by the museum in 1937 from Mr. F.R.
Milner. Mr. Milner identified the scalp as that of Bad Hand which was
taken on August 6, 1876 by Harry Young fifty miles northwest of
Deadwood, South Dakota. Mr. Young's account of taking the scalp was
documented in his book Hard Knocks (1915) Wells and Co., Portland, OR.
    Consultation with representatives of the Cheyenne River Sioux
Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, and Rosebud Sioux Tribe reveal that while
the Bad Hand family name is present among both Oglala Sioux and Rosebud
Sioux tribal members, a direct and unbroken line of ancestry between
these human remains and a particular lineal descendant cannot be
established and all attempts to contact lineal descendants have
produced no results. Representatives of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe,
the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe have identified the
Rosebud Sioux Tribe as having the strongest cultural affiliation with
these remains.
    Based on the above mentioned information, Fruitlands Museums
officials have determined, pursuant to 43 CFR 10 (d)(1), that the human
remains listed above represent the physical remains of one individual
of Native American ancestry. Officials of the Fruitlands Museums have
also determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a
relationship of shared group identity which can be reasonably traced
between the human remains and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cheyenne River Sioux
Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, and Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Notice was also
published in Indian Country Today and Todd County Times on September 5,
1996. Any lineal descendant or Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these human remains should contact Michael
A. Volmar, Curator, Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA 01451, phone: (508)
456-3924, before October 31, 1996. Repatriation of these human remains
to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe may begin after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
Dated: September 25, 1996,
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 96-25087 Filed 9-30-96; 8:45 am]

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