Massachusetts Museum Returns Sacred Artifacts to Sioux Tribes | Connecticut and area

BARRE, Mass. (AP) — About 150 artifacts considered sacred by the Lakota Sioux peoples are being returned to them after being stored in a small Massachusetts museum for more than a century.

Members of the Oglala Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes traveled from South Dakota to take custody of weapons, pipes, moccasins and clothing, including several items believed to have a direct connection to the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 in South Dakota.

They had been held by the Founders Museum in Barre, Massachusetts, about 74 miles west of Boston. A public ceremony was held inside the gymnasium of a nearby elementary school on Saturday that included prayers from Lakota representatives. The artifacts will be officially handed over in a private ceremony.

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