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Indians Conduct Ceremonies at Desecration Site

May 30, 1988

UNIONTOWN, Ky. (AP) _ American Indians ended five days of ceremonies Monday in honor of ancestors whose graves had been disturbed by relic hunters.

Some 200 native Americans and supporters walked about 1 1/2 miles to the 40-acre site on a farm near the Ohio River. Chanting and beating drums, they sprinkled tobacco over burning sage and threw the mixture on the graves.

People who allegedly bought rights to search for artifacts raided the site last December where about 1,000 Indians were buried. Ten men were arrested and charged with destruction of a venerated object. They are to be tried next month; a trial date has not been set.

After the ceremony, the participants returned to a prayer lodge on the nearby farm of Uniontown Mayor Raymond Turner to hold a feast and exchange gifts.

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