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Portland Art Museum to Return Sacred Crow Artifacts to Tribe

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland Art Museum will be returning 18 ceremonial packages to Montana's Crow Indian Reservation decades after the sacred artifacts were taken from the tribe.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1J1mES1 ) the museum announced Wednesday that the tribe will get back their medicine bundles, which are typically wrapped in a piece of animal hide and contain everything from beads, seeds, arrowheads and shells.

The museum's director of collections and exhibitions, Donald Urquhart, says Native antiquities and arts dealers sold the 18 Crow medicine bundles to a Eugene collector sometime between 1970 and 1990. The woman then donated them to the museum beginning in the 1980s up until her death in 2004.

Urquhart says the tribe will work with Little Big Horn College in Montana to identify possible owners of the artifacts.

Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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