Conroy Chino, left, the traditional leader of the Acoma Pueblo, joined tribal Gov. Kurt Riley.
Published May 30, 2016
PARIS – The EVE Company, a French auction house, has withdrawn a Pueblo shield from a sale of American Indian artifacts, according ABC News.
The sale has drawn protests from the Acomo Pueblo leadership, high-level United States officials, including Interior Secretary Sally Jewel.
Last Tuesday, a special meeting was held at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian to stop the auction. Acoma Pueblo Governor Kurt Riley told the French to “honor our humanity.” Later in the week, the governor sent letters in English and French to the French people seeking to cancel the auction of the American Indian artifacts.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman called the withdrawl of the shield a “small victory in a larger battle” to repatriate tribal artifacts and belongings. The shield was reportedly stolen in the 1970s. Auction house officials took it out of the sale pending further investigation.