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Woman returns two pieces of history to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Idaho recently recovered two pieces of its history.

A woman said a stone mortar and pestle were kept by her husband's family for more than 80 years. When she visited the tribe's casino and saw all of the historic items on display, she had to take action.

"Maybe I was just supposed to be the caretaker of it until the time was right," Marilyn Closson, 70, told The Spokesman Review. "It just needed to go home. It just went back where it belongs.”

The mortar and pestle were kept at camps around Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River, said Cliff SiJohn, the tribe’s cultural awareness director. He hopes to include the items in a display by Thanksgiving.

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Woman returns ancient mortar, pestle to Coeur d’Alene Tribe (The Spokesman Review 9/22)

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