[Federal Register: November 25, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 227)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item in the Possession
of the Olmsted County Historical Society, Rochester, MN

AGENCY: National Park Service

ACTION: Notice

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    Notice is hereby given under the Native American Graves Protection
and Repatriation Act, 43 CFR 10.10 (a)(3), of the intent to repatriate
a cultural item in the possession of the Olmsted County Historical
Society, Rochester, MN which meets the definition of ``sacred object''
under Section 2 of the Act.
    The cultural item is a Iroquois Medicine Rattle constructed of a
cow's horn with a wooden handle.
    In 1966, this item was donated to the Olmsted County Historical
Society by the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. The Mayo Clinic had received
this item from Dr. S.A. Barrett of the Milwaukee Public Museum. At an
earlier unknown date, this item was acquired in western New York State.
    Museum records indicate this rattle is a Medicine Rattle.
Consultation with representatives of the Cayuga Nation of New York
indicate this item is needed by traditional Native American religious
leaders for practice of traditional Native American religion by
present-day adherents.
    Based on the above-mentioned information, officials of the Olmsted
County Historical Society have determined that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2
(d)(3), this cultural item 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 Olmsted County Historical Society have also determined
that, pursuant to 43 CFR 10.2 (e), there is a relationship of shared
group identity which can be reasonably traced between this item and the
Cayuga Nation of New York.
    This notice has been sent to officials of the Cayuga Nation of New
York, the Tuscarora Nation of New York, the Seneca Nation of New York,
the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, the St. Regis Band of Mohawk
Indians of New York, the Onondaga Nation of New York, the Oneida Nation
of New York, and the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin. Representatives of any
other Indian tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated
with these objects should contact Margot Ballard, Curator, Olmsted
County Historical Society, 1195 Cty. Rd. 22 SW, Rochester, MN 55902;
telephone (507) 282-9447 before December 28, 1998. Repatriation of
these objects to the Cayuga Nation of New York may begin after that
date if no additional claimants come forward.
Dated: November 18, 1998.
Veletta Canouts,
Acting Departmental Consulting Archeologist,
Deputy Manager, Archeology and Ethnography Program.
[FR Doc. 98-31487 Filed 11-24-98; 8:45 am]
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