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Stop Crimes Against History on Tribal Lands

The theft of history

Almost all major archaeological sites in the Southwest have been seriously looted or vandalized. This destruction is a crime—often a felony—when it occurs on Indian or federal lands.

Ancient sites and artifacts are a bridge to Native American history, heritage, and identity. These culturally and historically significant places cannot be replaced once they are damaged or desecrated.

What we do

In response to this growing threat to our history, we bring together archaeologists, Tribal partners, federal agencies, law enforcement, and community organizations to stop crimes against history. Our goal is twofold: to encourage people to report recent looting or vandalism at archaeological sites and to share stories from Indigenous elders, leaders, and stewards about why these destructive acts must stop.

How you can help

Listening is the first and most important step to understanding why these places matter. We offer stories from Tribal citizens who care about these places—and who want you to care too. By listening and sharing stories, we can change our society’s attitudes about how to treat ancient sites.

If you see a site being desecrated or know someone who commits crimes against history, please report through our confidential tipline.

The reward of saving history

When stolen artifacts are recovered and returned to their rightful owners, it is cause for celebration. Cultural traditions can continue, sacred places are preserved for future generations, and all Americans can appreciate and learn from American Indian history.

When you help bring looters to justice, you do more than save history. You promote security, community, and Tribal sovereignty.

How you can help save our history

Text a tip to 1-833-ENDLOOT to report a crime against history. Save History offers a $1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

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Call 1-833-ENDLOOT if you have information about recent looting, vandalism, or trafficking of artifacts or human remains. Never confront a looter or vandal in the act. Relocate to a safe place and call 911.

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Start a conversation. Many people are not aware of the significance of ancient sites and cultural items to Indigenous communities. Learn from our Stories about why history matters. Talk to your friends and family and advocate for the protection of sacred places.

Submit a confidential tip
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required to reveal your.
identity. Click here to fill out the form.

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Have Questions, Comments, or
Your Own Story to Share?

Send us a message at info@savehistory.org.

We’d love to hear from you!

How you can help save our history

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Text a tip to 1-833-ENDLOOT to our confidential tip line. Your identity will be protected and you will be financially rewarded if your tip leads to an arrest and conviction.

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Call 1-833-ENDLOOT if you have information about recent looting, vandalism, or trafficking of artifacts or human remains. Never confront a looter or vandal in the act. Relocate to a safe place and call 911.

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Submit an anonymous tip
quickly and easily through
this website. You are not
required to reveal your.
identity. Click here to fill out the form.

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Start a conversation. Many people are not aware of the significance of ancient sites and cultural items to Indigenous communities. Learn from our Stories about why history matters. Talk to your friends and family and advocate for the protection of sacred places.

Have Questions, Comments, or
Your Own Story to Share?

Send us a message at info@savehistory.org.

We’d love to hear from you!

Stories from Tribal Stewards

Learn how ancient places confirm traditional teachings, encourage multi-generational learning, and stimulate conversations in Indigenous communities.

We are proud to partner with Tribal agencies and charitable organizations dedicated to preserving and protecting American history.

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Who is SaveHistory.Org and why do we need your help?

SaveHistory.Org is a collaborative effort of Tribal agencies, archaeologists, federal and state law enforcement, and countless supporters dedicated to ending the theft and destruction of archaeological resources on Tribal and public lands.

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What Does a Crime Against History Look Like? Stacy Ryan, Preservation Archaeologist A crime against history, or an archaeological resource crime, refers to violations of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. Prohibited acts include the theft, vandalism, and trafficking of cultural items and human remains that are at least 100 years of age. These acts are…

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