[Federal Register: February 24, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 36)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items in the Possession
of the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

AGENCY: National Park Service.

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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 cultural items in the possession of the Heard Museum,
Phoenix, AZ, which meet the definition of ``sacred objects'' under
Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural items are two painted rawhide rattles with wood and
rawhide handles. Prior to 1954, these rattles were purchased by the
Heard Museum and are identified as Oglala from South Dakota.
    Consultation evidence presented by representatives of the Cheyenne
River Sioux Tribe, Devil's Lake Sioux Tribe, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,
and Three Affiliated Tribes indicate these rattles are part of a Yuwipi
ceremony, and are specific ceremonial objects needed by traditional
religious leaders for the practice of Native American religion by
present day adherents.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Heard
Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(C), these
cultural items are specific ceremonial objects needed by traditional
Native American religious leaders for the practice of traditional
Native American religions by their present-day adherents. Officials of
the Heard Museum have also determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001
(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity which can be
reasonably traced between these items and the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cheyenne River Sioux
Tribe, Devil's Lake Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux
Tribe, Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be
culturally affiliated with these objects should contact Martin
Sullivan, Director, The Heard Museum, 22 E. Monte Vista Rd., Phoenix,
AZ 85004-1480, telephone (602) 252-8840 before March 26, 1997.
Repatriation of these objects to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe on
behalf of the Oglala Sioux Tribe may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.

Dated: February 14, 1997.
Francis P. McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-4468 Filed 2-21-97; 8:45 am]
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