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Man denies crime for selling artifacts

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2001

A New Mexico man on Thursday pleaded innocent for selling a Cheyenne headdress for $140,000 to an undercover FBI agent.

Joshua Baer, an arts dealer whose Santa Fe gallery has since closed, has been charged with 17 counts of violating eagle protection laws and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. He was indicted after a sting operation involving several government agencies.

Baer's lawyers said his client was entrapped because he was publicly critical of the way NAGPRA and artifacts cases were being handled.

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Art Dealer Denies Eagle Feather Crime (The Albuquerque Journal 11/16)