Orofino father, son sentenced for taking artifacts

Coeur D'Alene, Idaho (AP) November 2010

A father and son from Orofino have each been sentenced to one year of probation for digging up tribal artifacts on federal land along the Salmon River last year.

Sixty-seven-year-old Eddie Leroy Anderson and 33-year-old Eddie Joseph Anderson Jr. were sentenced earlier this week in federal court.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that U.S. Magistrate Candy W. Dale also ordered the two to write letters of apology and pay $1,500 in restitution.

Each pleaded guilty in August to misdemeanor charges of violating the Archaeological R. Resources Protection Act.

Authorities say the two dug holes looking for artifacts near the mouth of Graves Creek in April 2009.

Officials say the area contains artifacts dating back more than 13,000 years.