Judge decides stolen artifacts will go to preservation office

12 Dec 2013 7:11 PM | Anonymous

Judge decides stolen artifacts will go to preservation office

By Emily Thornton, The World Coos Bay World
December 11, 2013 10:06 am  • 

NORTH BEND undefined A two-hour hearing last week determined the fate of 134 Native American artifacts recovered more than three years ago.

Circuit Court Judge Paula Bechtold ruled in favor of an expedited petition filed in November by the Oregon Department of Justice, asking the artifacts go to the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office.

From there, they could return to local tribes, remain with the state or be shared, said David Petrie, activist and member of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. The artifacts originate from various tribes, he said.

Oregon State Police seized the items from David Gieselman’s home following his arrest in 2010 for stealing other artifacts from an undisclosed state park.


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