Steve Pearce

Native Americans protest planned auction in France of sacred objects and human remains

Leaders of several American Indian tribes were joined by representatives of the federal government Tuesday in calling for a halt to a planned auction of Native American objects and their repatriation.

In an emergency meeting at the National Museum of the American Indian, some dozen federal and Native American representatives condemned the auction at the Eve Auction House in Paris as illegal and in violation of international human rights laws. Among the 400 items in the auction catalogue are a warrior jacket made of human scalps and sacred items from the Hopi Tribe and Acoma Pueblo, including a shield that is estimated to sell for 7,000 euros.

"We call on France and the...