FR Doc E6-12000
[Federal Register: July 27, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 144)]
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[Page 42669]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item: Institute for 
American Indian Studies, Washington, CT

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. 3005, of the intent 
to repatriate a cultural item in the possession of the Institute for 
American Indian Studies, Washington, CT, that meets the definition of 
``cultural patrimony'' 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 cultural 
item. The National Park Service is not responsible for the 
determinations in this notice.
    The one cultural item is a ``Dakota Sioux'' navel amulet. The 
amulet was collected by Bishop Frederick Foote Johnson of South Dakota 
(circa 1890-1900). In 1983, the amulet was donated to the Institute for 
American Indian Studies by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley King of Newtown, CT. 
The museum has no additional information on the circumstances under 
which either Mr. Johnson or the Kings came to possess this cultural 
item. Museum records identify it as ``Dakota Sioux.'' The leather 
amulet is in the shape of a lizard. It is covered on top with sinew-
sewn beadwork in green, white, blues, and red. Red horsehair tassels 
with tin cones are sewn with cotton thread to the ends of the animal's 
legs, head, and tail. It is 5.5 inches long.
    The Institute for American Indian Studies professional staff 
consulted with representatives of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the 
Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe 
of North & South Dakota. Tribal representatives confirmed the 
traditional cultural importance of the amulet to the Sioux tribal 
peoples and the determination that the amulet could not be alienated by 
a single individual because of its symbolic importance to the Dakota 
belief system. The Standing Rock Sioux have made a claim for the 
cultural item.
    Officials of the Institute for American Indian Studies have 
determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(C), the cultural item 
described above has ongoing historical, traditional, or cultural 
importance central to the Native American group or culture itself, 
rather than property owned by an individual. Officials of the Institute 
for American Indian Studies 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 object of cultural patrimony 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 object of cultural patrimony should 
contact Dr. Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections, 
Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT 
06793, telephone (860) 868-0518, before August 28, 2006. Repatriation 
of the object of cultural patrimony to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of 
North & South Dakota may proceed after that date if no additional 
claimants come forward.
    The Institute for American Indian Studies is responsible for 
notifying the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, 
South Dakota and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota that 
this notice has been published.

    Dated: June 9, 2006.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. E6-12000 Filed 7-26-06; 8:45 am]

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