|The Un-united Native American Nations of the USA that once fully populated this land|
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|The "Trail of Tears" is merely one atrocity in an ongoing genocide (Max D. Standley).|
Tribal officials, the State Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico gathered to discuss the pending auction.
"[Kurt] Riley made an emotional appeal at Tuesday's meeting, seeking the return of the Acoma Pueblo ceremonial shield to the centuries-old village in New Mexico. Tribal leaders said it was illegally taken from the community atop a mesa southwest of Albuquerque, and that by pueblo law, it is a sacred item that should never have been removed.
"Through tears, he said seeing cultural items go up for sale has caused the pueblo emotional harm.
"'How it left the pueblo, we don't know. However its mere existence outside the pueblo tells us an event occurred in violation of Acoma law,' Riley said. 'A black market for these cultural items has emerged in the United States.'"
|Emergency meeting (Andrew Harnik/AP)|
[There was] pilfering of their sacred items "by the wagonloads," headed to museums and collectors against the tribe's will.
"In the absence of clear documentation and the consent of the tribes themselves, these objects shouldn't be sold. This type of commercialization of Native American cultural property is fundamentally wrong."
"France has a long history, tied to its colonial past in Africa, of collecting and selling tribal artifacts. The Paris-based 'Indianist' movement in the 1960s celebrated indigenous cultures, and interest in tribal art in Paris was revived in the early 2000s following the highly lucrative sales in Paris of tribal art owned by late collectors André Breton and Robert Lebel."