[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 159 (Friday, August 16, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50093-50094]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-20063]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service

[NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-13614: PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000]


Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: U.S. Department of 
the Interior, National Park Service, Grand Teton National Park, Moose, 
WY

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 
Grand Teton National Park, in consultation with the appropriate Indian 
tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has determined that the 
cultural items listed in this notice meet the definition of sacred 
objects. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
claim these cultural items should submit a written request to Grand 
Teton National Park. If no additional claimants come forward, transfer 
of control of the cultural items to the lineal descendants, Indian 
tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may 
proceed.

DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or 
Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to 
claim these cultural items should submit a written request with 
information in support of the claim to Grand Teton National Park at the 
address in this notice by September 16, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Mary Gibson Scott, Superintendent, Grand Teton National 
Park, P.O. Drawer 170, Moose, WY 83012, telephone (307) 739-3410, email 
nps.gov">mary_gibson_scott@nps.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 under the 
control of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 
Grand Teton National Park, Moose, WY, 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 
Superintendent, Grand Teton National Park.

History and Description of the Cultural Items

    During the 1920s-1950s, David T. Vernon purchased, from native 
people and collectors, more than 1,400 items of Native American art and 
artifacts representing more than 100 North American tribes. In 1968, 
part of his collection, including the cultural items, was sold by David 
T. Vernon to the Jackson Hole Preserve, Inc. On December 13, 1976, 
Laurance S. Rockefeller, President of the Jackson Hole Preserve, Inc., 
donated the David T. Vernon Collection to Grand Teton National Park. 
The three sacred objects are two masks of braided cornhusks with 
cornhusk fringes and one triangular rattle made from a piece of elm 
bark.
    The three cultural items came from the Seneca Nation of Indians 
(previously listed as the Seneca Nation of New York) and the societies 
to which they belong are still active in the Allegany and Cattaraugus 
communities. The sacred objects are needed by the still functioning 
Husk Face Society common to the Newtown Longhouse of the Cattaraugus 
community and Cold Spring Longhouse of the Allegany community.

Determinations Made by Grand Teton National Park

    Officials of Grand Teton National Park have determined that:
     Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(C), the three cultural items 
described above are specific ceremonial objects needed by traditional 
Native American religious leaders for the practice of traditional 
Native American religions by their present-day adherents.
     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 Seneca Nation of Indians (previously listed as the 
Seneca Nation of New York).

Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native 
Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim 
these cultural items should submit a written request with information 
in support of the claim to Mary Gibson Scott, Superintendent, Grand 
Teton National Park, P.O. Drawer 170, Moose, WY 83012, telephone (307) 
739-3410, email mary--gibson--scott@

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nps.gov, by September 16, 2013. After that date, if no additional 
claimants have come forward, transfer of control of the sacred objects 
to the Seneca Nation of Indians (previously listed as the Seneca Nation 
of New York) may proceed.
    Grand Teton National Park is responsible for notifying the Seneca 
Nation of Indians (previously listed as the Seneca Nation of New York); 
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma; and Tonawanda Band of Seneca 
(previously listed as the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York) 
that this notice has been published.

    Dated: July 23, 2013.
Sherry Hutt,
Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2013-20063 Filed 8-15-13; 8:45 am]
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