FBI Investigates Maine Auction House for 'Apache Scalp'
November 16, 2022
Last week, federal investigators in Fairfield, Maine, seized items for sale at an antique auction house to determine whether or not the items —including one reported to be an "Apache scalp" — are indeed authentic.
The FBI obtained a search warrant in May for Poulin's Antiques & Auctions Inc. after the agency received a tip from outside of Maine that a Native American item had been listed for sale on the business' website, according to Bangor Daily News.
Federal law prohibits the sale of Native American human remains—punishable by fine and imprisonment—but no charges have been filed in the case, Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey said in a statement shared with Native News Online.