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1,400 artifacts stolen from Native American graves returned to tribes

More than 1,400 artifacts stolen from the sacred sites and graves of Native Americans have been returned to several local tribes.

“It saddens me to think my ancestors may have been lying in somebody’s basement,” said Jim SiJohn, an elder with the Spokane Tribe of Indians. “If we don’t honor our ancestors, we lose our culture and our history.”

The artifacts, including thousands of arrowheads and necklaces and part of a jawbone, were among thousands of items recovered from the collection of Kenneth L. Milette, of Newport, Wash.

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