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Woman: Huntington demolition destroys artifacts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- An official with a Native American group says Huntington mistakenly demolished a garage containing dozens of artifacts.

Crews razed Terri Ariyan's garage on Tuesday as part of a citywide demolition program. Ariyan is vice president of the Native American Indian Federation.

She tells The Herald-Dispatch that the group was storing knives, spear points and other artifacts in the garage.

Mayor Kim Wolfe says crews didn't find anything other than trash in the structure before they razed it.

A fire destroyed Ariyan's home in April 2011 but the detached garage wasn't damaged. The city condemned the property two months later.

Ariyan says she wasn't notified about the condemnation and the demolition. Wolfe says the city provided proper notification.

 


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