Federal Register, Volume 76 Issue 93 (Friday, May 13, 2011)
[Page 28067]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-11863]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]

Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Field Museum of 
Natural History, Chicago, IL

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves 
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent 
to repatriate cultural items in the possession of the Field Museum of 
Natural History (Field Museum), Chicago, IL, that meet the definition 
of unassociated funerary objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001.
    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's 
administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The 
determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the 
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the cultural 
items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.
    The three cultural items are copper pendants. One copper pendant 
(Field Museum catalog number 279396) has an oblong shape and measures 
6.5 cm x 2.4 cm. The second copper pendant (Field Museum catalog number 
279544) has a roughly triangular shape with a hole at the top in which 
fiber runs through, and measures 7.1 cm x 7.1 cm. The third copper 
pendant (Field Museum catalog number 279567) has an oblong shape and 
measures 7.3 cm x 5 cm.
    According to Field Museum records, the three cultural items were 
removed from Franklin County, WA. At an unknown date, Donald O. 
Boudeman acquired the items for the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, 
MI. In 1999, the Field Museum of Natural History acquired the cultural 
items as a gift from the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, and accessioned them 
into its collections that same year.
    The three cultural items have been identified as Native American 
through museum records, scholarly publications, and consultation 
information provided by representatives of the Confederated Tribes of 
the Colville Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the 
Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the Warm 
Springs Reservation of Oregon; Confederated Tribes and Bands of the 
Yakama Nation, Washington; Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho; and the Wanapum 
Band, a non-Federally recognized Indian group.
    Officials of the Field Museum of Natural History have determined, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(B), that the cultural items described 
above are reasonably believed to have been placed with or near 
individual human remains at the time of death or later as part of a 
death rite or ceremony and are believed, by a preponderance of the 
evidence, to have been removed from a specific burial site of a Native 
American individual. Officials of the Field Museum of Natural History 
also have determined, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), that there is a 
relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced 
between the unassociated funerary objects and the Confederated Tribes 
of the Colville Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the 
Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon; and Confederated Tribes and Bands 
of the Yakama Nation, Washington. Furthermore, officials of the Field 
Museum of Natural History have determined that there is a cultural 
relationship between the unassociated funerary objects and the Wanapum 
Band, a non-Federally recognized Indian group.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the unassociated funerary objects should 
contact Helen Robbins, Repatriation Director, Field Museum of Natural 
History, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605, telephone (312) 
665-7317, before June 13, 2011. Repatriation of the unassociated 
funerary objects to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville 
Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian 
Reservation, Oregon; and Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama 
Nation, Washington, may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward. The Field Museum of Natural History recognizes 
the participation of the Wanapum Band, a non-Federally recognized 
Indian group, during the transfer of the unassociated funerary objects 
to the Indian tribes.
    The Field Museum is responsible for notifying the Confederated 
Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington; Confederated Tribes of 
the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon; Confederated Tribes of the 
Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; Confederated Tribes and Bands of 
the Yakama Nation, Washington; the Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho, and the 
Wanapum Band, a non-Federally recognized Indian group, that this notice 
has been published.

    Dated: May 9, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-11863 Filed 5-12-11; 8:45 am]
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