[Federal Register: April 16, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 74)]
[Page 16644-16645]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY

AGENCY: National Park Service.

ACTION: Notice.


    Notice is hereby given in accordance with the provisions of the
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3005
(a) (5) (A), of the intent to repatriate cultural items in the
possession of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody Wyoming which
meet the definition of ``sacred

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object'' as defined in 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3) (C).
    The three objects include two Sun Dance medicine rattles and one
Sun Dance paint sack with contents. The objects are part of a larger
collection from the Northern Cheyenne reservation assembled by Ann
Hanks Black over several years prior to 1971. Although the Historical
Center has no specific information concerning the circumstances under
which the three objects came into Ann Black's possession, the inventory
that Ann Black compiled states that the objects belonged to Arthur
Brady or Braided Locks. Ann Black donated the collection to the Buffalo
Bill Historical Center in 1971.
    During consultation with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center,
Northern Cheyenne traditional religious leaders and the Northern
Cheyenne tribe identified these objects as necessary for the practice
of traditional Cheyenne religion. They also identified the objects as
having belonged to Braided Locks, also known as Arthur Brady. Ray Brady
Sr., a grandson of Braided Locks, requests the repatriation of the
objects. Llevando Fischer, President of the Tribal Council of the
Northern Cheyenne Tribe has provided his written concurrence with this
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Buffalo
Bill Historical Center have determined that pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001
(3) (D), these cultural items are specific ceremonial objects which are
needed by traditional Native American religious leaders for the
practice of traditional Native American religions by their present day
adherents. The Historical Center officials have also determined that,
pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (b) (1), Mr. Ray Brady, Sr. can trace his
ancestry directly and without interruption by means of the traditional
kinship system of the Northern Cheyenne tribe to Braided Locks (Arthur
    This notice has been sent to Llevando Fischer, President of the
Northern Cheyenne Tribe; Adeline Whitewolf (Chairman of the Cultural
Commission); and other members of the Northern Cheyenne tribe including
James Red Cloud, Lillian Whistling Elk Threefingers, Mae Whistling Elk
Ridgebear, Lanell Whistling Elk, Nellie Bear Tusk, George Elk Shoulder,
Lynwood Tallbull, Abraham Spotted Elk, and Steve Brady, Sr. Any other
individuals that believe themselves to be lineal descendants of Braided
Locks (Arthur Brady) or who have competing claims for these objects
should contact Ms. Emma Hansen, Curator of the Plains Indian Museum,
Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 720 Sheridan, Cody WY 82414, telephone:
(307) 587-4771 before May 16, 1996. Repatriation of these sacred
objects to Mr. Ray Brady, Sr. may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.

    Dated: April 10, 1996.
C. Timothy McKeown,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist, Archeology and Ethnography
[FR Doc. 96-9363 Filed; 4-15-96 8:45 am]

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