FR Doc R4-28004
[Federal Register: January 7, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 5)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
Notice of Intent to Repatriate Cultural Items: American Museum of
Natural History, New York, NY; Republication
Editorial Note: Federal Register Notice document 04-28004 was
published originally in the Federal Register of Wednesday, December
22, 2004 at 69 FR 76778. The document published was a duplicate of
document 04-28001. The corrected document is published in its
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.
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 American Museum
of Natural History, New York, NY, 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
museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of these
cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the
determinations in this notice.
The 9 cultural items are 3 inscribed birch bark rolls, 2 rattles, 1
beaded ceremonial bag, 1 fawn skin bag, 1 food fungus, and 1 black dye.
The Mide bark song roll is oblong with rounded ends and measures 45
x 8 x 0.5 cm. The Mide bark roll is rectangular, measuring 34 x 24 x 5
cm and is inscribed with the figure of a man. The medicine bark roll is
rectangular and measures 36 x 26 x 2 cm. The birchbark rattle has a
cylindrical head painted with a blue stripe that is attached to a
wooden handle. The doctor's rattle consists of a circular wooden frame
covered with hide. The ceremonial bag is a bandolier[macr]type bag
beaded in a floral motif and has a fringed bottom. The base of the
shoulder strap also contains the beaded image of a man and two horses.
The fawn skin bag is used to hold wild rice. The fungus is a black food
fungus. The black dye has been identified by a Bois Forte
representative as vermilion.
In 1903, William Jones acquired the cultural items from the Bois
Forte Indian Reservation in Minnesota during an American Museum of
Natural History funded expedition. The Museum accessioned the cultural
items into its collection the same year.
The cultural affiliation of the cultural items is Bois Forte (Nett
Lake) Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe as indicated by Museum
records and by consultation evidence presented by the Bois Forte (Nett
Lake) Band of the Minnesota Chippewa, Minnesota. Museum records
indicate that the cultural items are Ojibway and that they were
acquired from the Bois Forte Indian Reservation in Minnesota.
Officials of the American Museum of Natural History have determined
that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001, (3)(C), the cultural items are
specific ceremonial objects needed by traditional Native American
religious leaders for the practice of traditional Native American
religions by their present[macr]day adherents. 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 sacred objects and the Bois
Forte (Nett Lake) Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota.
Representatives of any other Indian tribe that believes itself to
be culturally affiliated with these sacred objects should contact Nell
Murphy, Director of Cultural Resources, American Museum of Natural
History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024,
telephone (212) 769-5837, before January 21, 2005. Repatriation of
the sacred objects to the Bois Forte (Nett Lake) Band of the Minnesota
Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota may proceed after that date if no additional
claimants come forward.
The American Museum of Natural History is responsible for notifying
Bois Forte (Nett Lake) Band of the Minnesota Chippewa, Minnesota, and
the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota that this notice has been
Dated: November 16, 2004.
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. R4-28004 Filed 1-6-05; 8:45 am]
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