Museum displays relics at center of FBI investigation

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RUSH COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — An Indiana man who was at the center of an FBI investigation earlier this year has loaned several relics in his home to a museum.

In April, authorities investigated Dr. Donald Miller and his Rush County property. The FBI took numerous Native American and other artifacts from a collection at his home. Over the decades, Miller had traveled to some 200 countries collecting and bartering for artifacts.

A news conference was held shortly after the investigation, where officials say Miller may have knowingly and unknowingly collected objects in violation of several treaties and federal and state statutes.

The museum Miller has now loaned several of the relics to is the Grover Museum. Officials there say they were optimistic even before the investigation they could get Miller to loan some of the items to them, 24-Hour News 8′s news partners at The Shelbyville News report.

The museum’s director says she was actually at Miller’s home days before the investigation.

The loaned items to the Grover Museum include arrowheads, buffalo bones, pottery and a tomahawk. The display will last until Sept. 20. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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