If you think museum personnel are overpaid you are misinformed. 75% of the staff at this museum makes minimum wage and gets no health insurance benefits, overtime, sick leave, holiday pay, nor insurance. The Curator is also part-time and gets paid $18 an hour, also with no bnenfits. They are all advanced degree museum-trained professionals who follow the law and the American Museum Associations's Guidelines and Policies to the letter. They certainly are not there for the money, they are there because they care about heritage and are trying to keep the museum afloat after losing 100% of their funding when the County Commissioners recently chose to confiscate the tax money voted to the museum by the tax payers in the 1950s. According to AMA Guidelines and Standards museums do not accept long-term loans. The cost to curate and maintain an artifact currently is estimated to be $480 per cubic foot per year. Costs include staff who research and create exhibits, catalog intakes, keep records updated, clean, stabilize and return artifacts to the appropriate storage area, and process loan and research requests. It takes money to pay for archival quality boxes, polyethylene zippered bags, and acid-free paper. It takes money to purchase computers, software, and to keep computer databases in current formats. And finally, it takes money to pay for additional storage space, insurance coverage against fire, flood and theft, and to control the environment of that space so that potential hazards such as extremes in humidity and temperature or pest infestations do not threaten the collections. Museums simply can not afford such an investment to care for other people's property. The decision to deaccession an items is not made by one "idiot'. A process of checks and balances is in place, with teh initial recommendation report being presented to a Collections Committiee made up of museum staff, museum professionals from otehr facilites and members of the public. A recommendation is voted on and then forwarded to hte Museum Board of Supervisors, also made up of members of the public. The Board has the final vote. In this particular case, after deaccessioning the SOHS attempted to sell the Bones Collection to another public or non-profit institution for two years, including the tribes, with no success. The only option left was sale by auction. Sale to a private individual is against the law and the By-Laws of the SOHS. Items being returned to tribes are subject to the definitions stated in the Federal NAGPRA laws. None of the objects in the Ben Bones Collection qualified for status as NAGPRA designated items, therefore were not subject to repatriation. No legal action should be called for because no laws were broken.