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Native Americans fail to halt artefact auction in France

Kachina dolls made by Hopi and Zuni Native American tribes are on display on the eve of their sale at the Drouot auction house on December 14, 2014 in ParisA Paris auction of masks and statues considered sacred by two Native American tribes went ahead as planned on Wednesday, raising more than 400,000 euros ($450,000), despite fierce opposition from the indigenous groups. The Hopi Tribe Council and Pueblo of Acoma had allied with the US-based Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP) this week to ask France’s Board of Auction Sales to suspend the sale conducted by the Drouot auction house. Since 2013, Native American tribes, with the backing of the US embassy in Paris, have tried unsuccessfully four times to stop the sale in France of similar items.

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