[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 113 (Tuesday, June 12, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 34986]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office 
[www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-14296]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-10397; 2200-1100-665]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate a Cultural Item: U.S. Department of the 
Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Museum of the Plains Indian, 
Browning, MT

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts 
Board, Museum of the Plains Indian, in consultation with the appropriate 
Indian tribe, has determined that a cultural item meets the definition of 
sacred object and repatriation to the Indian tribe stated below may occur 
if no additional claimants come forward. Representatives of any Indian 
tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the cultural 
item may contact the Museum of the Plains Indian, Indian Arts and Crafts 
Board.

DATES: Representatives of any Indian tribe that believes it has a 
cultural affiliation with the cultural item should contact the Museum of 
the Plains Indian, Indian Arts and Crafts Board at the address below by 
July 12, 2012.

ADDRESSES: David Dragonfly, Museum Technician, Museum of the Plains 
Indian, P.O. Box 410, Browning, MT 59417, telephone (406) 338-2230.

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 Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning, 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 museum, 
institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American 
cultural item. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.

History and Description of the Cultural Item

    The sacred object is a Natoas bundle, used in the Blackfeet Sun 
Dance, and contained in two tubular rawhide cases. It includes a medicine 
woman's headdress complete with ornaments, a sacred digging stick with 
ornaments, skins used for drying perspiration, and a badger fur cover.
    This bundle was purchased by the Museum of the Plains Indian from 
Theodore Last Star Piegan of Browning, MT, on September 20, 1941. 
Theodore Last Star received the bundle from John Old Chief. According to 
interviews with John Old Chief held before the purchase, this bundle had 
previously been used in ceremonies by John Old Chief's wife Cecile Little 
Skunk Old Chief, his mother Mourning Woman, and his grandmother, Strikes 
Back.

Determinations Made by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board

    Officials of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board 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. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared 
group identity that can be reasonably traced between the Natoas bundle 
and the Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Reservation of Montana.
     While the Indian Arts and Crafts Board has information to support a 
right of possession, it does not believe that it can reasonably overcome 
this claim under a preponderance of evidence standard.

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to be 
culturally affiliated with the Natoas bundle should contact David 
Dragonfly, Museum Technician, Museum of the Plains Indian, P.O. Box 410, 
Browning, MT 59417, telephone (406) 338-2230, before July 12, 2012. 
Repatriation of the sacred object to the Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet 
Reservation of Montana may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward.
    The Indian Arts and Crafts Board is responsible for notifying the 
Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Reservation of Montana that this notice 
has been published.

    Dated: June 7, 2012.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-14296 Filed 6-11-12; 8:45 am]
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