[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 247 (Friday, December 23, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 80389-80390]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-33010]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[2253-665]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate a Cultural Item: U.S. Department 
of the Interior, National Park Service, Little Bighorn Battlefield 
National Monument, Crow Agency, MT

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, in consultation 
with the appropriate Indian tribes, has determined that a cultural item 
meets the definition of sacred object and repatriation to the lineal 
descendant stated below may occur if no additional claimants come 
forward. Any other individuals who believe they are lineal descendants 
of the individual who owned the sacred object and who wish to claim the 
item should contact Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

DATES: Any other individuals who believe they are lineal descendants of 
the individual who owned the sacred object and who wish to claim the 
item should contact Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument at the 
address below by January 23, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Kate Hammond, Superintendent, Little Bighorn Battlefield 
National Monument, P.O. Box 39, Crow Agency, MT, 59022-0039, telephone 
(406) 638-3201.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park 
Service, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Crow Agency, MT 
that meets the definition of sacred object 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 
Superintendent, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

History and Description of the Cultural Item

    The cultural item is a wooden framed trade mirror adorned with 
brass tacks

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and otter fur strips. Two small medicine bags are attached. The mirror 
was used in the 1870s by the Cheyenne warrior Long Jaw. In 1957 the 
mirror was purchased from Albert Long Jaw, grandson of Long Jaw, by the 
Custer Battlefield Historic Museum Association and later donated to 
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
    Frank Long Jaw, Sr., son of Albert Long Jaw and great-grandson of 
Cheyenne warrior Long Jaw, the original owner, is requesting 
repatriation of the cultural item described above. The mirror is needed 
by Mr. Long Jaw to continue traditional ceremonies. The Northern 
Cheyenne Cultural Commission and Tribal Historic Preservation Office 
corroborated Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument's 
determination that Frank Long Jaw, Sr. is the most appropriate 
recipient under the Northern Cheyenne traditional kinship system and 
common law system of descendance.

Determinations Made by Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

    Officials of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument have 
determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(C), the one cultural item 
described above is a specific ceremonial object needed by traditional 
Native American religious leaders for the practice of traditional 
Native American religions by their present-day adherents.
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3005(a)(5)(A), Mr. Frank Long Jaw, 
Sr. is the direct lineal descendant of the individual who owned the 
sacred object.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Any other individuals who believe they are lineal descendants of 
the individual who owned this sacred object and who wish to claim the 
item should contact Kate Hammond, Superintendent, Little Bighorn 
Battlefield National Monument, P.O. Box 39, Crow Agency, MT, 59022-
0039, telephone (406) 638-3201, before January 23, 2012. Repatriation 
of the sacred object to Mr. Frank Long Jaw, Sr. may proceed after that 
date if no additional claimants come forward.
    Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is responsible for 
notifying Mr. Frank Long Jaw, Sr.; the Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River 
Reservation, Wyoming; Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck 
Indian Reservation, Montana; Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Oklahoma 
(formerly the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma); Cheyenne River 
Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota; Crow Creek 
Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota; Crow Tribe of 
Montana; Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota; Lower Brule 
Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota; Northern 
Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; 
Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota; Rosebud 
Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota; Santee 
Sioux Nation, Nebraska; Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse 
Reservation, South Dakota; Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota; Standing 
Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota; Three Affiliated Tribes of 
the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota; and the Yankton Sioux 
Tribe of South Dakota that this notice has been published.

    Dated: December 20, 2011.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-33010 Filed 12-22-11; 8:45 a.m.]
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