1,400 artifacts stolen from Native American graves returned to tribes
Published on September 25th, 2009 | by Admin0
“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.