Klamath Tribal leaders say the stolen artifacts from Native American burial sites could be thousands of years old.
PORTLAND — A Klamath Falls man who authorities say dug up artifacts from Native American burial sites and sold them has been sentenced to 20 days in jail.
The Oregonian reports that Douglas Porter Cotellese, 47, was also sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay more than $1,000 in fines. He pleaded guilty last month to Abuse of Indian Graves in violation of state law.
Cotellese was arrested after authorities say he was caught selling the sacred artifacts to undercover law-enforcement agents for $20 to $160. Investigators say he had dug up beads and other artifacts from known Klamath tribal-burial sites along the Link River, a short waterway connecting Upper Klamath Lake to Lake Ewauna.
The director for the Culture and Heritage Department of Klamath Tribes, Perry Chocktoot, says the artifacts could be thousands of years old.
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