Of course no one would tolerate stealing sacred items from churches. However the items in the Bones Collection are not sacred either, according to the definitions as outlined by the Federal NAGPRA law. Items of a sacred nature and objects of cultural patrimony would include such things as a tribal drum, ceremonial Kachinas dolls or medicine bags. Personal gear as represented in the Bones collection, are just that, personal in nature. A man's personal shirt, quivers, arrows and bow, tobacco bag and pipe have never been deemed to be objects sacred in nature, nor communally owned by the tribe. These personal items were traded by two consenting adults in the 1860's, one Indian and one white and have remained in the purchaser's family for generations until donated to the museum in the 1950s. The museum then held them in trust for another sixty years until such a time as they could not care for them anymore. The Sioux and Cheyenne tribes were contacted before the items went up for sale and unfortunately there was never any interest indicated.