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Contested auction of sacred tribal property brings in $1.6M

An auction of sacred tribal property brought in $1.6 million in France on Monday.

The Hopi Tribe of Arizona went to court in hopes of stopping the auction but a judge refused to take action. The San Carlos Apache Tribe, whose items were also in the collection, wanted to join the case but was unable to file legal papers in time, the Associated Press reported.

The U.S. Embassy in Paris sent a representative to the auction to "show solidarity with the two tribes," AFP reported. The items went quickly.

Some items from Zuni Pueblo were also up for sale

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