New Mexico Senator Heinrich to Unveil Legislation to Prohibit Exporting Sacred Native American Items

Conroy Chino, left, the traditional leader of the Acoma Pueblo, joined tribal Gov. Kurt Riley.

Conroy Chino, left, the traditional leader of the Acoma Pueblo, joined tribal Gov. Kurt Riley at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. in May to voice protest of the sale of sacred items at a Paris auction house.

Senator Will Host Events With Tribal Leaders In Albuquerque And Washington, D.C.

Legislation Increases Penalties For Illegally Trafficking Native Cultural Objects

Published July 2, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) will unveil the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act at events in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Washington, D.C. next week.

US Senator Martin Heinrich

US Senator Martin Heinrich

The bill’s introduction comes after Senator Heinrich worked to help halt the auction of a Pueblo of Acoma ceremonial shield that was scheduled to be sold at the Eve auction house in Paris in May.

The STOP Act would prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony.  Senator Heinrich worked with tribes in New Mexico and across Indian Country to draft the legislation. 

On Tuesday, July 5, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Senator Heinrich will be joined by tribal leaders to discuss the details of the STOP Act and highlight the urgent need to stop the theft and sale of priceless Native religious and cultural items in international markets.

On Wednesday, July 6, on Capitol Hill in the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing room, Senator Heinrich will host a press conference to announce the introduction of the STOP Act. He will be joined by senators supporting the legislation, along with tribal leaders and cultural patrimony experts.



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