Indian artifacts returned to tribes in Spokane - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Indian artifacts returned to tribes in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - More than 1,400 artifacts taken from Native American sites were returned to tribal members at the federal courthouse in Spokane.

The items turned over Thursday included arrowheads, necklaces and part of a jawbone. They were given to members of the Spokane, Colville, Coeur d'Alene and Nez Perce tribes.

The artifacts were recovered from the collection of Kenneth L. Milette of Newport.

Milette was indicted in September 2008 on charges of illegally possessing and selling Native American artifacts and human remains.

He pleaded guilty to four counts and was sentenced in January to three years of probation. He was ordered to forfeit the artifacts and to pay $7,000 in restitution and a $10,000 fine.

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