WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials and tribal leaders are holding what they describe as an emergency meeting to protest plans by a French auction house to sell artifacts that the tribes consider sacred.
The auctions have been a sticking point between U.S. and French officials for several years. The planned May 30 auction is particularly galling, officials say, because one of the items up for sale is a shirt made of human scalps.
The meeting will be held Tuesday afternoon at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Members of the Hoopa Valley and Pueblo tribes, as well as representatives from the State and Interior departments are scheduled to participate and discuss efforts to stop the auction.
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