[Federal Register: January 16, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 11)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession
of the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, Pierre, SD

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3005 (a)(2), of the intent to
repatriate a cultural item in the possession of the Museum of the South
Dakota State Historical Society, Pierre, SD, which meets the definition
of ``sacred object'' under Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural item is a medicine man's rattle made from a buffalo
scrotum with a wooden stick handle. The rattle has an incised figure on
one side and the opposite side is covered with faded blue pigment.
    The rattle was donated to the South Dakota State Historical Society
in 1906 by Mary Clementine Collins of Keokuk, IA. During the late 1800s
and early 1900s, Miss Collins worked at the Oahe Mission, north of
Pierre on the Missouri River, just opposite the Cheyenne River Sioux
reservation. Miss Collins identified the rattle as having belonged to
``Elk Head, 9th keeper of the sacred pipe.'' It is not known how Miss
Collins acquired the rattle.
    Mr. Arvol Looking Horse, keeper of the sacred pipe, traces his
ancestry directly and without interruption to Elk Head, his great-
great-great grandfather. During consultation, Mr. Looking Horse
identified this rattle as a specific ceremonial object needed by
traditional Native American religious leaders for the practice of
traditional Native American religion by present-day adherents and has
requested the rattle be returned to him as lineal descendent.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the South
Dakota State Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 25
U.S.C. 3001 (3)(C), this cultural item 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. Officials of the South Dakota State Historical Society have
also determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (a)(5)(A), Mr. Arvol
Looking Horse can trace his ancestry directly and without interruption
by means of the traditional kinship system of the Cheyenne River Sioux
Tribe to the individual who owned this sacred object.
    This notice has been sent to Mr. Arvol Looking Horse and officials
of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Representatives of any other Indian
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with these
objects should contact Claudia Nicholson, Museum of the South Dakota
State Historical Society, 900 Governors Dr., Pierre, SD 57501-2217,
telephone (605) 773-6011 before February 18, 1997. Repatriation of
these objects to Mr. Arvol Looking Horse may begin after that date if
no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: January 8, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Chief, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-1067 Filed 1-15-97; 8:45 am]
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