FR Doc E6-6484
[Federal Register: May 1, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 83)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Inventory Completion: American Museum of Natural 
History, New York, NY

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. 3003, of the 
completion of an inventory of human remains in the possession of the 
American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY. The human remains 
were collected from Sioux County, ND.
    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 human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible 
for the determinations in this notice.
    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by American 
Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with 
representatives of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck 
Indian Reservation, Montana; Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne 
River Reservation, South Dakota; Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of the Crow 
Creek Reservation, South Dakota; Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South 
Dakota; Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation, South 
Dakota; Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota; Oglala 
Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota; Prairie Island 
Indian Community in the State of Minnesota; Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the 
Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota; Santee Sioux Nation, 
Nebraska; Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota; Sisseton-
Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota; Spirit 
Lake Tribe, North Dakota; Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South 
Dakota; Upper Sioux Community, Minnesota; and Yankton Sioux Tribe of 
South Dakota.
    In 1885, human remains representing a minimum of one individual 
were collected from Fort Yates, Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Sioux 
County, ND, by Mr. DeCost Smith. In 1902, the American Museum of 
Natural History acquired the human remains as a gift from Mr. Smith. No 
known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are 
present.
    The individual has been identified as Native American based on 
museum documentation that describes the human remains as ``Dakota.'' 
The human remains were collected from the Standing Rock Reservation, 
which is inhabited by Standing Rock Sioux Indians.
    Although the lands from which the human remains were collected are 
currently under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of the 
Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the American Museum of Natural 
History has control of the human remains since their removal from 
tribal land predates the permit requirements established by the 
Antiquities Act of 1906.
    Officials of the American Museum of Natural History have determined 
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (9-10), the human remains described 
above represent the physical remains of one individual of Native 
American ancestry. Officials of the American 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 Native American human remains and the Standing Rock Sioux 
Tribe of North & South Dakota.
    Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to 
be culturally affiliated with the human remains should contact Nell 
Murphy, Director of Cultural Resources, American Museum of Natural 
History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192, 
telephone (212) 769-5837, before May 31, 2006. Repatriation of the 
human remains to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota 
may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The American Museum of Natural History is responsible for notifying 
the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, 
Montana; Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation, 
South Dakota; Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek Reservation, 
South Dakota; Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota; Lower Brule 
Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota; Lower Sioux 
Indian Community in the State of Minnesota; Oglala Sioux Tribe of the 
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota; Prairie Island Indian Community 
in the State of Minnesota; Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian 
Reservation, South Dakota; Santee Sioux Nation, Nebraska; Shakopee 
Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota; Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of 
the Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota; Spirit Lake Tribe, North 
Dakota; Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota; Upper Sioux 
Community, Minnesota; and Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota that this 
notice has been published.

    Dated: March 29, 2006.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E6-6484 Filed 4-28-06; 8:45 am]

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