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Native American group believes remains among Rush Co. artifacts

Posted by aimindiana/kentucky on April 4, 2014 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (38)

RUSH COUNTY -

There are new reports about what investigators are discovering as they search collection of historical artifacts so huge it fills a Rush County home and several outbuildings.

An organization representing Native Americans believe human remains are buried among thousands and thousands of artifacts collected by Donald Miller in the U.S. and around the world.

The FBI investigation and massive effort to recover thousands of invaluable artifacts is being watched by the American Indian Movement. Until recently, its local chairman lived only a half-hour away from the Rush County site.

"We are glad something like this has happened," said Albert Runningwolf, American Indian Movement.

Runningwolf says his organization has been aware of Miller for years. It suspects his collection of artifacts from Native American tribes and other cultures from around the world include ceremonial treasures and human remains.

"If there are Native American remains there, the remains are to be treated with dignity and respect and reburied," Runningwolf insisted.

Reports say agents have found shrunken heads, Ming Dynasty jade and other questionable artifacts. The FBI isn't commenting.

The 91-year-old Miller spent much of his life amassing what's being called an "amazing collection."

"There are lots of collectors like this out there," said Dr. Christopher Moore, an archaeologist and UIndy professor.

Moore says laws and international treaties governing the collection, protection, and ownership of artifacts are complicated. Most weren't written until the late 1960s and some are newer that.

"If he had obtained it five years ago, would mean he is in trouble," Moore explained "But if he obtained it 50 years ago, than it was obtained legally."

Because criminal cases are so difficult to prove, Moore says prosecutions are rare.

The FBI says Miller is cooperating with investigators. Identifying and documenting the thousands of artifacts is expected to take several more days.

This is likely the biggest operation ever undertaken by the FBI Art Crime Team. Since it was created 10 years ago, the team, according to its website, has recovered about 2,500 items worth $150 million.

Agents working in Rush County are examining thousands and thousands of artifacts. Documenting and tracing back ownership could take years, however. Art and artifacts looted during World War II are still being returned to their rightful owners.

National Sanctioned Chapters of the American Indian Movement

Posted by aimindiana/kentucky on March 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (1)

American Indian Movement Grassroots

American Indian Movement Northern Nevada

American Indian Movment New York

American Indian Movement Indiana/Kentucky

American Indian Movement Michigan

American Indian Movement West

American Indian Movement CentralTexas

American Indian Movement South Texas

American Indian Movement Manitoba

American Indian Movement Michigan (Detroit)

American Indian Movement Portland Oregon

American Indian Movement New Hampshire

American Indian Movement Southern California

American Indian Movement Northern Eagle


In Solidarity We Stand !!!!


Morgan' s Canoe Shawnee Gauntlet

Posted by aimindiana/kentucky on March 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The name of this event along with its cultural and spiritual misrepresentations is appalling. It is disrespectful to the Shawnee Nation and to the spirit in which they lived and died for. At this time we are asking to meet with the owners and organizers to discuss the implications this event will have upon the town of Brookville, IN. and the Native Community as a whole.

 

March 26th, 2013

From the offices of the American Indian Movement Indiana and Kentucky Chapter

Re: Shawnee Mud Gauntlet

As many of you know yesterday we received several emails and calls about an event happening in Brookville, IN. the town in which our home offices are based. The event was being held at Morgan’s Canoe Rentals which was being called “Shawnee Mud Gauntlet”, after examining the website and reading the material provided to us, we promptly took action and wrote a letter to the owner Mr. Dirk Morgan via Facebook and also personally hand delivered the letter to the Brookville Office.

Today we received a short message from Mr. Morgan which reads: “We are deeply sorry that we have inadvertently offended anyone. We are working now to make changes and rename our event. Thank you and everyone for bringing this to our attention and please accept my sincere apology.”

We would like to thank Linnette Torbet and Vinny Yarochowicz for bringing this event to our attention and to Mr. Guy Jones of the Miami Valley for Native Americans based in Dayton Ohio for his wisdom and guidance in this matter. Also to Mr. Morgan and his family for their quick response in this matter and continuing efforts to help bridge the gap between Native and Non-Native people in our community.

Thank you

Albert Ortiz

Kobe P’ay Ahn Kooie

Chairman

American Indian Movement Chapter of Indiana and Kentucky


Salt Creek Sundance Update

Posted by aimindiana/kentucky on September 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We, the American Indian Movement of Indiana and Kentucky once known as the A.I.M. Support Group of Indiana, would like to announce a small yet major victory against New Age Frauds and Plastic Medicine Men in the state of Indiana.

After years of pressure from this office and outside agencies along with calls and letters from the Native American community at large in and out of Indiana, the special use permit that was issued to Mr. Steve McCullough for “his” Sundance was finally denied.

We would like to thank the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council for standing behind us all these years and encouraging us to continue fighting. Also Mr. Arvol Looking Horse for his words of wisdom, prayers and blessings. Most of all we would like to thank the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Oyate from Indiana to Rosebud and from Cheyenne River to Pine Ridge for all your support. We stood strong and firm and our voices were heard “Stop Abusing Our Ceremonies!!!!”

Let it also be known that every time Mr. McCullough applies for the permit we will be there to oppose him.

Thank You,

Albert RunningWolf Ortiz

Indiana Chairman

And

Thomas Pearce

Kentucky Chairman

 

Repatriation of the Ancestors at Wickliffe Mounds

Posted by aimindiana/kentucky on August 26, 2012 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Indiana Chair: Albert Running Wolf, phone 765-647-4947

email : [email protected]

Kentucky Chair: Thomas Pearce 502-489-4700

email: [email protected]

The American Indian Movement of Indiana and Kentucky come to Wickliffe Mounds to honor the Chickasaw Nation in their bringing a very ugly chapter of American History to an end. We also want to thank the Wickliffe Mounds staff for their cooperation in this ceremony to honor the repatriation of the indigenous ancestors who were on display and exploited at Wickliffe Mounds for many years.

Twenty-two years ago, the American Indian Movement, led by Vernon Bellecourt and Michael Haney along with current leaders of the American Indian Movement Indiana Kentucky, went to Dickson Mounds Illinois to rebury the ancestors on display there. Risking decades of imprisonment, AIM members entered the museum and began to hold a reburial ceremony. Within months Wickliffe Mounds Museum in Kentucky removed the remains that were on display there, preemptively and replaced them with replicas. Within a year of the Dickson Mounds action by AIM, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was passed. This legislation was inspired by the many sovereign nations and indigenous organizations across the country that had become insistent that our people be respected and returned to the earth. AIM Indiana/Kentucky is present today to honor all who participated in putting our ancestors to rest and to make this statement from AIM IN/KY:

AIM IN/KY Co Chair Thomas Pearce

“Never again will our people allow our ancestors or sacred sites to be used to provide entertainment for others. Though many problems have been solved by the passage of NAGPRA, other violations of our cultural heritage continue. Rampant development, massive strip mining operations, and grave robbing continue to this day. We will continue to work for a day when the Smithsonian Institute, every university, and college in this nation return the hundreds of thousands of remains, sacred spiritual and cultural artifacts. Museums across this country still hold millions of sacred pipes, bundles, items of clothing, and the personal property of many of our most revered leaders. We demand that it stop and recommit ourselves to working to see all desecration ended!”


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