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Missouri artist pleads guilty to falsely claiming to be a Cherokee to sell his artwork


A Missouri man pleaded guilty Wednesday to falsely claiming to be a Cherokee artist to sell his artwork.

Terry Lee Whetstone, 63, of Odessa, was placed on probation for three years as part of a plea agreement in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

If Whetstone sells any artwork while on probation, he is required to tell the buyer he is not a member of a tribe. Likewise, he cannot publicly perform his Indian-style flute music without first notifying the audience that he is not a tribe member.

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