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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- The Hopi tribe is asking a Paris auction house to cancel its upcoming sale of dozens of items central to the tribe's religious practices and return them to their original homes.
The auction house described the collection on its website as katsina masks of the Hopi Indians of Arizona. They are scheduled to be auctioned April 12.
A tribal spokesman said the religious items have no commercial value and should be in the hands of the American Indian tribes from which they were taken, including the pueblos of Jemez, Acoma and Zuni in New Mexico.
Acoma Pueblo says it will look into whether a piece labeled as originating from Acoma is authentic and would support any efforts to repatriate American Indian artifacts.
The auction house declined immediate comment when contacted by a reporter on Wednesday.