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.