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Deadline Today to Return Indian Artifacts

Deadline Today to Return Indian Artifacts

Posted - Aug. 18, 2004 at 5:20 p.m.



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(KSL News) -- In May, the federal government asked anyone with Native American artifacts to return them. Today is the last day to do so without penalty.

The "Restore and Respect Heritage" campaign was launched in an effort to regain thousands of stolen Indian archaelogical items.

Stealing these cultural artifacts is a felony crime, which usually carries a prison sentence. However, the government allowed 90 days for anyone with artifacts to come forward and not be prosecuted.

That grace period ends at midnight tonight. The government advises anyone with artifacts who misses the deadline still return the items to avoid greater punishment if caught.

Anyone with items to return in Utah should contact the Utah Division of Indian Affairs at 538-8808.

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