Message #121:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Pueblo Revolt Artifacts 
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 1997 17:06:21 -0700


AZ Republic for March 13, 1997 reports that Rodney Tidwell of Star Valley
AZ has been busted by a BIA Special Agent for selling the vestments of
Catholic priests who died during the Pueblo revolt in A.D. 1680.  Tidwell
purchased the materials for $100 from a woman who lived on the Acoma
Reservation.  She used the $100 to buy groceries.  Tidwell sold the
vestments to BIA undercover agent John Fryar for $3000. The items are
considered to be cultural patrimoney items of ongoing historical
significance to the Acoma.  The US Attorney for AZ expects that the
Catholic Church will make a claim for the garments which they believe to be
the property of the Church.  Federal Grand Jury indictment handed down
Tuesday against Tidwell for illegally trafficing in robes and vestments
used in Masses at the Pueblo of Acoma.  Also in the indictment, Tidwell is
accused of conspiring with Ernest Chapella of Keams Canyon AZ for illegally
selling Hopi ceremonial masks.

Tidwell has prior federal conviction in 1995 in New Mexico for illegally
trafficking in Native American objects and artifacts.