Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item: Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester, NY, 23799 [2010-10364]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 85 / Tuesday, May 4, 2010 / Notices quarters of the Cape and Islands’ electricity needs. Each of the 130 wind turbine generators would generate electricity independently. Solid dielectric submarine inner-array cables (33 kilovolt) from each wind turbine generator would interconnect within the array and terminate on an electrical service platform, which would serve as the common interconnection point for all of the wind turbines. The proposed submarine transmission cable system (115 kilovolt) from the electric service platform to the landfall location in Yarmouth would be approximately 12.5 miles in length (7.6 miles of which falls within Massachusetts’ territory). Nantucket Sound is a roughly triangular body of water generally bound by Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Island. Open bodies of water include Vineyard Sound to the West and the Atlantic Ocean to the East and the South. Nantucket Sound encompasses between 500 and 600 square miles of ocean, most of which lies above the OCS. The Cape Wind Energy Project would be located completely on the OCS, except for the transmission cables, which would run through Massachusetts’ territory to shore. For reference, the northernmost turbines would be approximately 5.2 miles (8.4 km) from Point Gammon on the mainland; the southernmost turbines would be approximately 11 miles (17.7 km) from Nantucket Island (Great Point); and the westernmost turbines would be approximately 5.5 miles (8.9 km) from the island of Martha’s Vineyard (Cape Poge). Dated: April 28, 2010. Chris C. Oynes, Associate Director for Offshore Energy and Minerals Management. [FR Doc. 2010–10486 Filed 5–3–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–MR–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item: Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester, NY AGENCY: mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES ACTION: National Park Service, Interior. Notice. 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 one cultural item in the possession of the Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester, NY, that meets the definitions of ‘‘sacred object’’ VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:58 May 03, 2010 Jkt 220001 and object 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. In 1982, the museum acquired a small red stone medicine face (82.54.1). It appears to be a contemporary piece and was donated to the museum by Mrs. Beverly Anderson, Rochester, NY. Original museum documentation stated that this medicine face could only be generally affiliated with the ‘‘Iroquois.’’ Oral evidence presented during consultation with representatives of the Haudenosaunee Standing Committee on Burial Rules and Regulations, as well as historical and anthropological scholarly materials, support the fact that the Onondaga Nation is the Keeper of the Central Fire of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and as such has the responsibility within the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to bring back national cultural patrimony and sacred objects that are affiliated with the ‘‘Iroquois’’ generally, and to return those objects to their rightful communities. Therefore, it is the understanding of all the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Nations that any medicine faces affiliated generally as ‘‘Iroquois’’ are affiliated with the Onondaga Nation. In the course of consultations with members of the Onondaga Nation, it was shown that any individual who carved a medicine face and alienated it to a third party that in turn donated it to the Rochester Museum & Science Center did not have the authority to do so. Furthermore, Onondaga Nation traditional religious leaders have identified this medicine face as being needed for the practice of traditional Native American religions by presentday adherents. Based on consultation with NAGPRA representatives from the Onondaga Nation and other Haudenosaunee and nonHaudenosaunee consultants, the museum has determined that the medicine faces are both sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony. Accordingly, museum documentation, consultation and oral evidence show that this medicine face is a sacred object and an object of cultural patrimony, and that the medicine face can be culturally affiliated to the Onondaga Nation of New York on behalf of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Iroquois Confederacy or PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 23799 Six Nations, which includes the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora Nations that are in part represented by the following Federally-recognized tribes: Cayuga Nation of New York; Oneida Nation of New York; Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin; Onondaga Nation of New York; Seneca Nation of New York; Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma; Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, New York; Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York; and Tuscarora Nation of New York). Officials of the Rochester Museum & Science Center have determined, that pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(C), the one cultural item described above 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 Rochester Museum & Science Center have also determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(D), the one cultural item described above has an ongoing historical, traditional, or cultural importance central to the Native American group or culture itself, rather than property owned by an individual. Lastly, officials of the Rochester Museum & Science Center 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 object/object of cultural patrimony and the Onondaga Nation of New York. Representatives of any other Indian Nation or tribe that believes itself to be culturally affiliated with the sacred object/object of cultural patrimony should contact Adele DeRosa, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester, NY 14607, telephone (585) 271–4552, ext 302, before June 3, 2010. Repatriation of the sacred object/object of cultural patrimony to the Onondaga Nation of New York may proceed after that date if no additional claimants come forward. The Rochester Museum & Science Center is responsible for notifying the Onondaga Nation of New York that this notice has been published. Dated: April 27, 2010. David Tarler, Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program. [FR Doc. 2010–10364 Filed 5–3–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–50–S E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Notice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item: Rochester Museum 
& Science Center, Rochester, NY

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 one cultural item in the possession of the Rochester 
Museum & Science Center, Rochester, NY, that meets the definitions of 
``sacred object'' and object 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.
    In 1982, the museum acquired a small red stone medicine face 
(82.54.1). It appears to be a contemporary piece and was donated to the 
museum by Mrs. Beverly Anderson, Rochester, NY.
    Original museum documentation stated that this medicine face could 
only be generally affiliated with the ``Iroquois.'' Oral evidence 
presented during consultation with representatives of the Haudenosaunee 
Standing Committee on Burial Rules and Regulations, as well as 
historical and anthropological scholarly materials, support the fact 
that the Onondaga Nation is the Keeper of the Central Fire of the 
Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and as such has the responsibility within 
the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to bring back national cultural patrimony 
and sacred objects that are affiliated with the ``Iroquois'' generally, 
and to return those objects to their rightful communities. Therefore, 
it is the understanding of all the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Nations 
that any medicine faces affiliated generally as ``Iroquois'' are 
affiliated with the Onondaga Nation.
    In the course of consultations with members of the Onondaga Nation, 
it was shown that any individual who carved a medicine face and 
alienated it to a third party that in turn donated it to the Rochester 
Museum & Science Center did not have the authority to do so. 
Furthermore, Onondaga Nation traditional religious leaders have 
identified this medicine face as being needed for the practice of 
traditional Native American religions by present-day adherents. Based 
on consultation with NAGPRA representatives from the Onondaga Nation 
and other Haudenosaunee and non-Haudenosaunee consultants, the museum 
has determined that the medicine faces are both sacred objects and 
objects of cultural patrimony. Accordingly, museum documentation, 
consultation and oral evidence show that this medicine face is a sacred 
object and an object of cultural patrimony, and that the medicine face 
can be culturally affiliated to the Onondaga Nation of New York on 
behalf of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Iroquois 
Confederacy or Six Nations, which includes the Mohawk, Oneida, 
Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora Nations that are in part 
represented by the following Federally-recognized tribes: Cayuga Nation 
of New York; Oneida Nation of New York; Oneida Tribe of Indians of 
Wisconsin; Onondaga Nation of New York; Seneca Nation of New York; 
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma; Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, New York; 
Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York; and Tuscarora Nation of 
New York).
    Officials of the Rochester Museum & Science Center have determined, 
that pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(C), the one cultural item described 
above 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 
Rochester Museum & Science Center have also determined that, pursuant 
to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(D), the one cultural item described above has an 
ongoing historical, traditional, or cultural importance central to the 
Native American group or culture itself, rather than property owned by 
an individual. Lastly, officials of the Rochester Museum & Science 
Center 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 object/object of cultural patrimony and the Onondaga 
Nation of New York.
    Representatives of any other Indian Nation or tribe that believes 
itself to be culturally affiliated with the sacred object/object of 
cultural patrimony should contact Adele DeRosa, Rochester Museum & 
Science Center, Rochester, NY 14607, telephone (585) 271-4552, ext 302, 
before June 3, 2010. Repatriation of the sacred object/object of 
cultural patrimony to the Onondaga Nation of New York may proceed after 
that date if no additional claimants come forward.
    The Rochester Museum & Science Center is responsible for notifying 
the Onondaga Nation of New York that this notice has been published.

    Dated: April 27, 2010.
David Tarler,
Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
[FR Doc. 2010-10364 Filed 5-3-10; 8:45 am]
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