Crow Tribe moves artifacts to Wyoming during flood

Billings, Montana (AP) June 2011

Historic items once belonging to Chief Plenty Coups as well as medicine bundles considered to have spiritual significance have been moved from a flooded museum on the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo.

The Billings Gazette reports that the artifacts from the flooded museum at Chief Plenty Coups State Park in Pryor, Mont., arrived at the historical center earlier this month for safekeeping.

Museum head maintenance worker Jerome Hugs Jr. says officials decided to move the artifacts due to the wet conditions and high humidity in the museum.

Officials say the artifacts will not be put on display while at the center.

Plenty Coups was born in 1848 and became chief at age 28 due to his bravery and leadership.