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Colgate University returns 1,500 artifacts to Oneida Indian Nation

Over 1,500 items that were buried with Oneida Indian Nation ancestral remains will be returned.

These items included pendants, pots, bells, and turtle shell rattles. Many items are over 400 years old.

Originally, these items were sold as funerary objects in 1959. The family that sold them was that of an amateur archaeologist that collected them from sites in upstate New York, according to My Twin Tiers.


The items have been at the Longyear Museum of Anthropology at Colgate University. There will be a repatriation ceremony on Wednesday at Colgate, which is located on Oneida ancestral ground.

Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter said this is making things right again, and that obtaining the items was an indefensible practice. Now the items will be back where they should be.

This will be the biggest single repatriation in New York. Colgate started giving things back in 1995 when they returned seven sets of remains and funerary objects.

Other items being returned include glass beads, ceramic pottery, knives, harpoons and a stone pipe.

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