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Menominee Tribal Artifacts Discovered in Ohio Return Home

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Two Native American headdresses that had been gathering dust in Ohio are now in the hands of the Menominee cultural museum here in Wisconsin.

Action 2 News looked into the history of the artifacts and how important they are to the tribe.

At the Menominee cultural museum in Keshena tribal historians are working to put together a showcase of rare items discovered by a museum in Ohio.

"We are just overwhelmed with the fact that somebody would think of us in that way and give us some part of our history back to us," said Menominee Tribal Historic Preservation Officer David Grignon.

Tribal historians say these two feather headdresses were sold in the 1920s at a Wisconsin trading post by the grandson of Chief Oshkosh.

Museum workers from Ohio say they found the headdresses and other donated items in a storage box and drove them out to Keshena this summer.

"It's pretty much the crown jewel of what we have, said Grignon. We have Oshkosh's picture there and he'll probably be looking over these."

Chief Oshkosh is credited with reaching an agreement with United States President Millard Fillmore to allow the Menominee to remain on tribal land along the Wolf River.

"He was the head chief of our tribe during the treaty era and through his efforts and the efforts of some of the other chiefs it kept us in Wisconsin. Oshkosh himself said we don't want to move to Minnesota, which they said they wanted us to move," said Grignon.

A special case is being designed to hold these items that mean so much to the Menominee Nation. The cultural museum says you can expect to see these items on full display in just a couple months.

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