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Family says St. Louis Science Center forged document to cover mistake

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(KMOV)-- A Jefferson County family reportedly loaned the St. Louis Science Center millions of dollars in historic Native American artifacts, but says most of them are now missing.

The Airis’ sued three years ago, and now, the Science Center says it has proof the items were returned. The family thinks it all sounds fishy.
 
They loaned the items to the St. Louis Science Center and the Natural History Museum in 1974, which has since evolved to the St. Louis Science Center.
 
The museum only returned 11 of 47 pieces from the collection, according to the family, when they went to retrieve the artifacts three years ago.
 
The Science Center has recently produced a document it says proves nothing was done wrong, but there are questions about whether the document has been forged.
 
Attorneys for the Science Center told News 4 there is no way anyone would falsify a document.
 
There is no word yet from the FBI on a possible investigation.
 
Kevin Airis says just one of the Indian headdresses in the collection is valued at around $1 million.
 
Kevin and his family will probably appear in court again in a few weeks, when the dispute will likely be settled.

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