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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 029, August 2013


Sacred object handed back to Hopi tribe after 'shameful' Paris auction

"In a historic handover ceremony, an object sacred to the Hopi people has been returned to Hopi after dozens of katsinam ('friends') were sold at a Paris auction house in April 2013 despite repeated requests and litigation.

"Representatives of tribal rights organization Survival International and lawyer Pierre Servan-Schreiber returned the katsina to Hopi.

"The katsinam are of cultural and religious significance to the Hopi, who were vehemently opposed to the auction and asked the Paris auction house Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou to cancel the sale on the grounds that the objects are considered sacred to Hopi..."
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Longhorn Mountain: Sacred Places and Cultural Genocide

"The most sacred of all sites to the Kiowa people of Oklahoma, Longhorn Mountain, is under threat. Much of the western half of the mountain has been leased to Stewart Stone of Cushing, Oklahoma, a rock crushing company that intends to strip mine the Kiowa tribe's sacred mountain, turning it into the gravel that would be used to pave our highways." Read further... Click here to visit the Save Longhorn Mountain Facebook page.


Protect the Cheyenne Ancestral Homeland

A petition to be delivered to: Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III, Vice Chairman Ann D. Begeman, Commissioner Francis P. Mulvey.

Petition Statement: "Arch Coal wishes to put in a Tongue River Railroad for a new Otter Creek Coal mine in the Cheyenne ancestral homeland. The mine and railroad are opposed by the Cheyenne people. There is not public interest served as required by the Surface Transportation Board for this coal strip mine and railroad. There is no clear market for this coal, and it is wrong to destroy a people's land..." Read More


Nez Perce Tribe Urges Forest Service to Stop Megaloads

"Tribal members encouraged to peacefully oppose move set for today

"The Nez Perce Tribe challenged the U.S. Forest Service on Sunday to use "all legal avenues" to stop a pending megaload shipment from crossing national forest land and said it would not prevent its own members from blocking the load.

"In a news release issued on Sunday evening, Nez Perce Tribal Executive Chairman Silas C. Whitman said he was shocked at the audacity of shipping company Omega Morgan, which announced on Friday its plans to begin moving a massive evaporator east on U.S. Highway 12 tonight. The company has a permit from the Idaho Transportation Department but has not gained approval from the U.S. Forest Service..." Read More


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