[Federal Register: March 26, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 58)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

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

AGENCY: National Park Service

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 carved pipestone pipes. The first pipe
has a wooden stem carved with a bird and wrapped with quillwork. The
second pipe has a pipestone stem carved in geometric designs and joined
to the pipestone bowl with a wooden dowel.
    Prior to 1954, these pipes were purchased by the Heard Museum from
an unknown source. Accession information identifies the pipes as
Rosebud Sioux from South Dakota.
    Consultation evidence presented by representatives of the Cheyenne
River Sioux Tribe on behalf of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe indicates these
items are ``Pipes of the Leader'' and are used in a number of
ceremonies including the Sweat Lodge, Sun Dance, Throwing of the Balls,
Keeping of the Soul, Vision Quest, Woman's Ceremony, and Healing
Ceremony. Consultation evidence further indicates these two 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.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Heard
Museum have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(C), these
two 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 Rosebud 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, Heard Museum, 22 E. Monte Vista Rd., Phoenix, AZ
85004-1480; telephone (602) 252-8840 before April 25, 1997.
Repatriation of these objects to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe on
behalf of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe may begin after that date if no
additional claimants come forward.

Dated: March 11, 1997.
Francis P.McManamon,
Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 97-7600 Filed 3-25-97; 8:45 am]
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