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Detail of Plateau Bag (NMNH catalog no. E204234)

Executive Summary

Non-Skeletal Human Remains Pertaining to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Region: Plains
Associated Cultures: Cheyenne River Sioux, Sioux

This report summarizes the documentation pertaining to the remains of Leon Pretty Voice Eagle, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe who died at Cheyenne River Agency on February 23, 1906. The remains, which comprise the individual's brain, were located through a review of the Anthropology Department's collection of non-skeletal human remains. Upon learning that the brain was present in the museum's collections, the tribe requested immediate repatriation.

Examination of the museum's accession files has confirmed that the organ was recovered in an unethical manner during an autopsy performed shortly after the individual's death.

Repatriation Update
The remains were repatriated to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe on behalf of the descendant family in 1994.

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