FR Doc 05-16882
[Federal Register: August 25, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 164)]
[Notices]               
[Page 49948-49949]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service 
Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item: Neville Public 
Museum of Brown County, Green Bay, WI

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 a cultural item in the possession of the Neville Public 
Museum of Brown County, Green Bay, WI, that meets the definition of 
"objects of cultural patrimony" 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 
item. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.
    The cultural item is a wampum belt, 30 inches long and 2 inches 
wide, composed of white beads strung on hemp with four intersecting 
rows of black beads.
    Neville Public Museum of Brown County professional staff consulted 
with the representatives of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin 
and Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin.
    In 1923, the cultural item was purchased by Arthur Neville, 
Director of the Green Bay City Museum. The Green Bay City Museum became 
the Neville Public Museum of Brown County in 1927. According to museum 
documentation, the wampum belt was purchased from Phoebe Quinney for 
$10.00. Mrs. Quinney was the widow of Osceola Quinney, Sachem of the 
Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin. Mr. Quinney had inherited the 
title and wampum belt from his father, John Quinney.

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    The Neville Public Museum of Brown County has determined that the 
wampum belt is an object of cultural patrimony that has ongoing 
historical, traditional, or cultural importance central to the 
Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin. Cultural affiliation with the 
Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin, and the museum's determination 
that the wampum belt is an object of cultural patrimony, are based on 
museum documentation and oral history, as well as consultation evidence 
presented by representatives of the Stockbridge Munsee Community, 
Wisconsin that indicates that no individual had or has the right to 
alienate a wampum belt.
    Officials of the Neville Public Museum of Brown County have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(D), the one cultural 
item described above has ongoing historical, traditional, or cultural 
importance central to the Native American group or culture itself, 
rather than property owned by an individual. Officials of the Neville 
Public Museum of Brown County also have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001 (2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that 
can be reasonably traced between the object of cultural patrimony and 
the Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the one object of cultural patrimony 
should contact Eugene Umberger, Director, Neville Public Museum of 
Brown County, 210 Museum Place, Green Bay, WI 54303, telephone (920) 
448-4460, before September 26, 2005. Repatriation of the object of 
cultural patrimony to the Stockbridge Munsee Community, Wisconsin may 
proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    Neville Public Museum of Brown County is responsible for notifying 
the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin and Stockbridge Munsee 
Community, Wisconsin that this notice has been published.

    Dated: July 26, 2005.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 05-16882 Filed 8-24-05; 8:45 am]

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