Notice  of Intent  to Repatriate a  Cultural Item  in the
          Possession of the Field Museum of Natural History

          AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior

          ACTION: Notice
          _________________________________________________________

          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 Field
          Museum of Natural History, Chicago, that meets the
          definitions of "sacred objects" and "object of cultural
          patrimony" under section 2 of the act.

          The carved wheel with beads and eagle feathers,
          approximately 21 inches in diameter with an overall
          length of 30 inches, was collected in May 1900 at the
          Wind River Reservation, Wyoming, by George A. Dorsey,
          Chief Curator of Anthropology for the Field Museum.  The
          original museum catalogue records describe the object as
          "catalogue number 61397; accession number 694; field
          number 548; Wheel (hoti) -- from Sun dance pavilion --
          cottonwood; Arapahoe".

          The form of the object, its source and documentation lead
          the museum to believe that it is a Sun Dance wheel. 
          Copies of the museum records and photographs of the
          object have been provided to the Northern Arapaho
          Business Council and members of the appropriate Sun Dance
          religious body.  Authorized representatives of the
          Arapaho tribe have viewed the object in person and concur
          with this identification of the object as a Sun Dance
          wheel.  The Northern Arapaho Business Council has
          requested repatriation of the object from the Field
          Museum of Natural History in a letter dated January 19,
          1993.  The Field Museum of Natural History has no
          objections.

          Authorities of the United States Fish and Wildlife
          Service have been contacted regarding applicability of
          Federal endangered species statutes to this transfer and
          have concurred in the conclusion that the object is not
          covered due to its age.

          Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes
          itself to be culturally affiliated with this object
          should contact Dr. Jonathan Haas, Vice President for





          Museum Affairs, Field Museum of Natural History,
          Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605,
          telephone (312) 922-9410, extension 442, before September
          23, 1993.  Repatriation of the object to the Arapaho
          tribe may begin after that date if no additional
          claimants come forward.

          Dated: August 11, 1993.


          Dr. Francis P. McManamon
          Departmental Consulting Archeologist
          Chief, Archeological Assistance Division
          [FR/Vol. 58, No. 162/Tuesday, August 24, 1993/Page 44696]

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