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Native American Artifacts Auctioned

A collection of Native American artifacts was sold by the Southern Oregon Historical Society despite objections from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
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The Southern Oregon Historical Society sold a collection of artifacts December 5 that included a Cheyenne war shirt, said to be from the 1830s or 1840s, even though officials with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe expressed their objections.

"It's basically a slap in the face, but we've seen worse," Steve Vance, the tribal historic preservation officer, told the Mail Tribune.

According to the newspaper, the shirt is made of mountain-sheep hide and strips of buffalo, and is embroidered with porcupine quills. Red wool frames the shirt's neck and locks of hair hang from the sleeves.

Other Native American artifacts on the auction block included a Cheyenne tobacco bag, a Sioux pipe and a bow case, quiver and arrows, a Cheyenne mirror stick, a Navajo child's blanket, a Navajo chief's blanket and a Navajo serape.

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