Apparent Apache scalp seized from Maine auctioneer
The FBI is trying to determine if the scalp is real and should be returned to the tribe
PORTLAND, Maine (WMTW) - The FBI has seized what appears to be the scalp of an Apache person from an auction house in Fairfield. Investigators are now trying to determine if the scalp is authentic and if it needs to be returned to the tribe.
The FBI searched Poulin’s Antiques & Auctions Inc. in Fairfield back in May after getting a tip that the company had listed a Native American item for sale. According to court documents, it was listed as being in a “pipe bag 30 inches long including rawhide fringe” and was decorated with red, blue and green designs.
A tag attached to what was described as a “Mescalero Apache scalp” said the person was killed at Johnson’s Run, Texas. The tag did not say when the person died, but that it was sent to someone in 1899.
The Mescalero Apache Tribe is based in south-central New Mexico.
Selling Native American human remains is a federal crime. As of Thursday, no charges had been filed in this case.
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