Lower Sioux Indian Community Seeks to Block Auction Sale of Sacred Pipe

Photo on Skinner web site of sacred pipe.

Published May 3, 2018

MORTON, MINNESOTA – The Lower Sioux Indian Community, a federally recognized tribe based in Morton, Minnesota, is attempting to block the sale of a sacred pipe from the U.S. – Dakota War that is scheduled to be sold at an auction this coming Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

In a statement Tuesday, the Lower Sioux Indian Community said that its tribal historic preservation officer and other interested parties are discussing with Skinner “alternatives that may prevent the sale of the sacred item.”

The pipe is being sold by Skinner Auctioneers at an estimated price of $15,000 to $20,000.

Skinner’s web site describes the historic item as follows:

Fine Plains Catlinite Stem and Bowl, mid-19th century, catlinite pipe with lead inlay, both on the bowl and the stem, intricate pattern on stem with thunderbird at the mouthpiece, birds, small animals, and arrows with abstract designs taking up half the top space, small morning stars along the rest of the edges, an old paper label reads: “Indian pipe, Made by a Sioux Chief “White Dog”, who was hung at Mankato Minnesota in 1862 – It was presented as a peace offering to Lieut King by the chief while a prisoner in his…,” lg. of stem 17 3/4, lg. of bowl 8 in.

Provenance: A private Boston collection, has been in the same family since the 1880s.


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