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  • Ted Sojka
    Pass on the good news. Ted Sojka Native Earthworks Preservation
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 12, 2009
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      Ted  Sojka
      Native Earthworks Preservation

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      From: "SRAC \"River, Rocks, and Time\"" <dtwigg@...>
      Date: June 12, 2009 8:01:17 AM CDT
      Subject: SRAC "River, Rocks, and Time"

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      24 Arrested in Artifacts Dealing Sting

      Posted: 11 Jun 2009 03:57 PM PDT

      Video Courtesy of KSL.com

      Federal agents in Salt Lake City, Utah arrested 24 people in what they're calling the largest investigation ever of stolen Native American artifacts. The defendants are accused of being part of a network that stole artifacts from public and Native American land and then sold them.

      As you know - I have also been trying to speak out about the tragedy in America of selling what I refer to as "archaeological evidence" :

      Let's face it folks - - stealing artifacts from sites to sell is NOT COLLECTING!

      According to KSL.com -

      "According to court documents, an inside source working with the FBI secretly taped, with both audio and video, the alleged looters and bought, at the direction of the government, 256 artifacts worth more than $335,000.

      "The illegal network is a very close knit entity," FBI Special Agent Patrick Brosnan wrote in the affidavit. "Individuals who deal in stolen archaeological objects are usually very careful to disguise the site of origin."

      List of defendants:

      1. Loran St. Clair, 47, Monticello
      2. Rulon Kody Sommerville, 47, Monticello
      3. Kevin W. Shumway, 55, Blanding
      4. Sharon Evette Shumway, 41, Blanding
      5. David A. Lacy, 55, Blanding
      6. Aubry Patterson, 55, Blanding
      7. Dale J. Lyman, 73, Blanding
      8. Jeanne Redd, 59, Blanding
      9. James D. Redd, 60, Blanding
      10. Raymond J. Lyman, 70, Blanding
      11. Vern Crites, 74, Durango, Colo.
      12. Marie Crites, 68, Durango, Colo.
      13. Steven Shrader, Durango, Colo.
      14. Tammy Shumway, 39, Blanding
      15. Joseph Smith, 31, Blanding
      16. Meredith Smith, 34, Blanding
      17. Harold Lyman, 78, Blanding
      18. Reese Laws, 27, Blanding
      19. Nick Laws, 30, Blanding
      20. Brandon Laws, 38, Blanding
      21. Tad Kreth, 30, Blanding
      22. Brent Bullock, 61, Moab
      23. Richard Bourret
      Click here to read the list of charges:

      If convicted, those indicted face one to 10 years in prison.

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