[Federal Register: September 13, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 176)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service, Interior.

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

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 State Historical Society of
Wisconsin which meet the definition of ``sacred object'' and ``object
of cultural patrimony'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The 28 cultural items consist of one cloth wrapper, two cane
flutes, nine ermine skins, two fire-sets, a gourd rattle, a gourd bowl,
an iron spear point, three war clubs, a rattle, a quillwork strip, a
calico bundle containing a bird, a mat wrapper, a packet of roots, a
buckskin bag, a packet of green paint, and a buckskin wrapper.
Collectively, these cultural items comprise a Ho-Chunk Stealer Bundle.
    In 1930, Charles Brown, representing the State Historical Society
of Wisconsin, purchased the Stealer Bundle from John Blackhawk of Black
River Falls, WI.
    Consultation evidence presented by the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin
confirms that all cultural items listed above are used in the Eagle
Clan Lodge ceremony. Representatives of wa ma nu ka cha bra (Eagle
Clan) have stated that these items are needed by traditional religious
leaders for the practice of Native American religion by their present-
day adherents. Representatives of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and
the Eagle Clan of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin have indicated that
the Stealer Bundle and all associated items are owned communally by the
clan as a whole and no individual had

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the right to sell or otherwise alienate the Stealer Bundle or and
associated items.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the State
Historical Society of Wisconsin have determined that, pursuant to 43
CFR 10.2 (d)(3), these 28 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 State Historical Society of Wisconsin have
also determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (d)(4), these 28 cultural
items have ongoing historical, traditional, and cultural importance
central to the culture itself, and could not have been alienated,
appropriated, or conveyed by any individual. Officials of the State
Historical Society of Wisconsin 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 Ho-Chunk Nation of
Wisconsin.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Ho-Chunk Nation of
Wisconsin and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these objects should contact Ms. Jennifer Kolb, Director, Museum
Archeology Program, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 816 State
Street, Madison, WI 53706; telephone (608) 264-6560; e-mail:
jlkolb@mail.shsw.wisc.edu before October 13, 1999. Repatriation of
these objects to the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin may begin after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: August 24, 1999.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 99-23769 Filed 9-10-99; 8:45 am]
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