Feds: U.S. tribal items sold at Paris auction houses declines

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Feds: U.S. tribal items sold at Paris auction houses declines

Report notes outcry decline began after outcry
Gov. Kurt Riley of Acoma Pueblo testifies at a congressional field hearing in Albuquerque about legislation that would make it illegal to export federally protected Native American religious items to foreign markets on Oct. 18, 2017. A federal report this week shows the number of Native American cultural items listed for bidding declined significantly at five Paris auction houses after widespread uproar two years ago halted the sale of an Acoma Pueblo ceremonial shield, an item tribal leaders say was illegally taken from their New Mexico community.
Supporters of Native Americans hold a banner reading, “Selling and handling stolen goods equals to a cultural genocide”, at center, and “We are not for sale”, left, in protest outside of the Drouot’s auction house during the contested auction of Native American artifacts in Paris on Dec. 15, 2014.

Feds: U.S. tribal items sold at Paris auction houses declines

Gov. Kurt Riley of Acoma Pueblo testifies at a congressional field hearing in Albuquerque about legislation that would make it illegal to export federally protected Native American religious items to foreign markets on Oct. 18, 2017. A federal report this week shows the number of Native American cultural items listed for bidding declined significantly at five Paris auction houses after widespread uproar two years ago halted the sale of an Acoma Pueblo ceremonial shield, an item tribal leaders say was illegally taken from their New Mexico community.
Supporters of Native Americans hold a banner reading, “Selling and handling stolen goods equals to a cultural genocide”, at center, and “We are not for sale”, left, in protest outside of the Drouot’s auction house during the contested auction of Native American artifacts in Paris on Dec. 15, 2014.
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