Theft, Illegal Possession, Sale, Transfer, and Export Of Tribal Cultural Items, Field Hearing Before the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, October 18, 2016   [open pdf - 519KB]

This is the October 18, 2016 field hearing titled, "The Theft, Illegal Possession, Sale, Transfer, and Export Of Tribal Cultural Items," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. From the opening statement of Tom Udall, U.S. Senator from New Mexico: In New Mexico, we have a rich cultural history rooted in Native American tradition. [...] Although we celebrate our Native American contributions to our culture and heritage, we also must work together to address challenges facing Indian Country. [...] We must help tribes protect their cultural identity, by preserving Native languages tribal languages, tribal religion, and lands. [...] That is why we are all very disturbed about the ongoing problems posed by the theft and sale of cultural items. [...] Over the last 30 years or so, we have become more aware of this problem. And we have made meaningful progress to pass laws to stop it, [...] but the problem still exists. The enforcement of those laws has not been strong enough. Some people are exploiting the loopholes in our current laws, [...] and they have exported deeply important sacred objects to other countries, to be sold as art. These items are not pieces of art--they are spiritual objects-- deeply important for tribal identity. And we need to put a stop to the trafficking of these objects. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, Russell Begaye, Honor Keeler, Kurt Riley, Waldemar Rodriguez, Gregory Schaaf, Mark Taplin, E. Paul Torres, and Tracy Toulou.

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S. Hrg. 114-535; Senate Hearing 114-535
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