Note: Klamath Tribal Council would like to commend and thank everyone involved in the investigation and arrest of these criminals. We continue to be shocked at the sacrilege that took place, and can only hope that Creator can help these lost souls, as their actions are horrific and we view this type of criminal activity as unacceptable human behavior. People cannot possibly understand the violation and destruction this causes both physically and spiritually to themselves and others.
We, the Klamath Tribes, will always seek to protect our loved ones who have walked on. We will continue to prosecute those who abuse our final resting places to the fullest extent of the law.
Klamath Tribal Chairman,
Don C. Gentry
We ask that anyone who sees criminal or suspicious activity to report archaeological crimes at: 1-800-452-7888.
News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 11th, 2016 9:28 AM
On February 19, 2015, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division concluded an investigation into the unlawful take, possession and sale of Native American artifacts. A search warrant, served at the residence of DOUGLAS COTELLESE, age 47, from Klamath Falls, resulted in the recovery of numerous archaeological objects including funerary and sacred items. Troopers also located methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, and other drug paraphernalia.
On January 6, 2016, JENNIFER DANIELS, age 42, from Klamath Falls, pled guilty to Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine and was sentenced to;
* 30 days in Jail
* $2000.00 in Fines
* 24 month Probation
On January 13, 2016, DOUGLAS COTELLESE, pled guilty to Abuse of Indian Graves (2 counts), which is a “C” Felony, and sentenced to;
* 20 DAYS IN Jail
* $1020.00 in Fines
* 24 month Probation
* 20 Hours Community Service
The seized artifacts will be forfeited.
OSP was assisted during this investigation by the Klamath Tribes, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Justice, the State Historical Preservation Office, and the Klamath County District Attorney’s Office.
Oregon Law says a person may not remove any archaeological object located on public or private lands unless that activity is authorized by permit. OSP and its partners are committed to working together to protect the natural resources of our State.
Photograph provided by OSP.
Ms. Taylor R. Tupper
Klamath Tribes Public Information/News Dept.
Tribal Administration Office
501 Chiloquin Blvd, Chiloquin, Oregon 97624
Phone: 541-783-2219 ext. 147