FR Doc 2010-6563[Federal Register: March 25, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 57)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service
 
Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items: U.S. Department of 
the Interior, National Park Service, Grand Teton National Park, Moose, 
WY

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 cultural items in the possession of the U.S. Department 
of the Interior, National Park Service, Grand Teton National Park, WY, 
that meet the definition of "sacred objects" 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, Grand Teton National Park.
    The two cultural items are one pipe stem and one pipe bowl. The 
pipe stem is made of wood and is carved in a spiral shape. The T-shaped 
bowl is made of diorite and is inlaid with lead at the top of the bowl 
and at the square section where it fits the stem. The two cultural 
items are part of the David T. Vernon Collection, comprising 1,429 
items of Native American art and artifacts representing more than 200 
North American tribes. The objects in the collection were purchased by 
David T. Vernon from native people and collectors during the 1920s-
1950s. On December 13, 1976, Laurance S. Rockefeller donated the David 
T. Vernon Collection to Grand Teton National Park.
    Museum records state that the two cultural items were obtained from 
Kickapoo Indians. Representatives of the Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of 
the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas have identified these two cultural 
items as "sacred objects" that are integral to the practice of the 
traditional Drum Religion.
    Officials of Grand Teton National Park have determined that, 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(C), the two cultural items described 
above 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 Grand 
Teton National Park 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 objects and the Kickapoo Tribe of 
Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the sacred objects should contact Mary 
Gibson Scott, Superintendent, Grand Teton National Park, P.O. Drawer 
170, Moose, WY 83012, telephone (307) 739-3410, before April 26, 2010. 
Repatriation of the sacred objects to the Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of 
the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas may proceed after that date if no 
additional claimants come forward.
    Grand Teton National Park is responsible for notifying the Kickapoo 
Traditional Tribe of Texas, Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo 
Reservation in Kansas, and Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma that this notice 
has been published.

    Dated: February 22, 2010
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-6563 Filed 3-24-10; 8:45 am]
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