Charges possible for removal of Puyallup items
A non-Indian man could face charges for removing historic items from the home of a Puyallup Tribe in Washington.

The man is reportedly the son of a legal guardian to Ramona Hawthorne, 88. He allegedly took several baskets, beaded items and photographs from Hawthorne's home and sold them to an auction house.

Alan Gorsuch, the owner of Sanford and Sons Auction House, found out the items belonged to the late Jerry Meeker, a tribal leader who died in 1955 at the age of 92. He informed the tribe, whose officers seized them on July 16.

If charges are warranted, the man will be indicted in Pierce County.

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