2013-07-15 20:00:36

Grave Robber's Loot: 400 Confiscated Artifacts Returned to Navajo

July 9 was a good day for the Navajo Nation. More than 400 artifacts that were stolen from Navajo land were finally returned.
The Navajo Nation coordinated with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers' Omaha, Neb. District to have the stolen artifacts returned.

The individual responsible for the theft is Donald B. Yellow, who stole a total of 710 artifacts, with 425 of those items being from the Navajo Nation.

According to the USACE, the artifacts were found in central South Dakota when Yellow attempted to sell some of them.

"It was a pretty interesting case," Julie Price, USACE program manager, said because she still doesn't know how Yellow was able to transport the items from the Southwest to the middle of South Dakota.

The artifacts were taken from Lukachukai, Ariz., said Ronald Maldonado, supervisory archaeologist for the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department.

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