Dealers note shift in NAGPRA enforcement
Indian artifact dealers say the federal government is taking a stronger stance to enforce the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.

The dealers say the government is applying the law to items held by private collectors. They also say the government no longer exempt items that were acquired prior to 1990.

"The burden of proof used to be on the government," Christopher Selser, an artifact dealer, told The Santa Fe New Mexican. "What they're doing now, they're taking things and they're basically flipping it around and making it so that we now have to prove that it's before 1990."

Selser's home was raided by federal agents in early June and he says he is a "target" of an investigation that has led to 25 indictments for the theft and sale of Indian artifacts.

Get the Story:
Several Santa Fe homes searched in Indian artifact probe (The Santa Fe New Mexican 8/14)

Relevant Documents:
DOI Press Release: Federal Agents Bust Ring of Antiquity Thieves Looting American Indian Sites for Priceless Treasures | DOJ Press Release: Arrests Made in Operation Targeting Network Selling Stolen Native American Artifacts | Remarks of Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden at a Press Conference

Related Stories:
Native man tied to artifact theft investigation (8/7)
More suspects in big Indian artifact theft case (8/6)
New charges in connection with artifact theft (7/14)
Agents remove artifacts from Utah family's home (7/8)
Mother, daughter plead guilty to artifact theft (7/7)
Opinion: Indian artifact theft difficult to combat (6/29)
Defendants in artifact theft linked to scheme (6/25)
Another defendant in artifact theft found dead (6/22)
Letter: GOP hypocrisy on artifact theft case (6/22)
Dorgan won't investigate artifact theft case (6/19)
Editorial: Pandering in Utah artifact theft case (6/18)
Attorney General defends Indian artifact case (6/18)
Art dealer denies wrongdoing after artifact raid (6/18)
Utah town upset over Indian artifact theft case (6/17)
Column: 'Overkill' in Indian artifact theft case (6/17)
Agents searched New Mexico art dealer's home (6/17)
Utah town upset over Indian artifact theft case (6/17)
Utah GOP upset with Indian artifact theft case (6/15)
Tribes support prosecution of artifact theft case (6/12)
Defendant in DOI artifact theft case found dead (6/12)
Two dozen indicted for theft of Indian artifacts (6/11)
Salazar, EchoHawk in Utah for press conference (6/10)

This story is tagged under:
doi
Search
Share this Story!

You are enjoying stories from the Indianz.Com Archive, a collection dating back to 2000. Some outgoing links may no longer work due to age.

All stories in the Indianz.Com Archive are available for publishing via Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)