FR Doc E6-10510
[Federal Register: July 6, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 129)]
[Notices]               
[Page 38418]
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: Field Museum of 
Natural History, Chicago, IL

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 Field Museum of 
Natural History, Chicago, IL, 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 
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 one cultural item is a pipe (FM 68555), which consists of a 
stem carved from wood, stained dark blue and measuring 24.2 x 1.8 
inches. Upon one side of the stem is written in black ink, ``Pipe of 
Paul Sawgonkwado - Cross Village Mich - Aug 1893.''
    At an unknown date, Walter C. Wyman acquired the pipe under unknown 
circumstances. The museum purchased the pipe from Mr. Wyman in December 
of 1900. The museum accessioned the pipe into its collection that same 
year.
    Museum records indicate that the pipe is ``Ottawa'' and that it was 
acquired in Cross Village, MI. The cultural affiliation of the pipe is 
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians as indicated by museum 
records and by consultation evidence presented by the Little Traverse 
Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan.
    During consultation, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians 
traditional religious leaders presented evidence that the pipe is 
needed for the practice of a traditional Native American religion.
    Officials of the Field Museum of Natural History have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(C), the 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. Officials of the 
Field Museum of Natural History 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 sacred object and the Little 
Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan. Lastly, officials of the 
Field Museum of Natural History have determined that, pursuant to 25 
U.S.C. 3001 (13), the museum has right of possession of the pipe, but 
has decided to waive that right.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the sacred object should contact Jonathan 
Haas, MacArthur Curator of North American Anthropology, Field Museum of 
Natural History, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605, 
telephone (312) 665-7829, before August 7, 2006. Repatriation of the 
sacred object to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, 
Michigan may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come 
forward.
    The Field Museum of Natural History is responsible for notifying 
the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Michigan; 
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Michigan; and Little Traverse Bay 
Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan that this notice has been published.

    Dated: May 19, 2006.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E6-10510 Filed 7-5-06; 8:45 am]

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