Home ransacked, regalia heirloom stolen


Last updated 12/22/2021 at 8:04am

Kathy Moses wearing her family's regalia in a horse parade on the reservation. When they stole her laptops, iPads and backup hard drives, they stole all her photos too. This is the best she had. She's asking for public help in locating the stolen heirloom. - submitted photo

A Nespelem woman whose home was ransacked in late November is hoping someone can help locate a family heirloom: the traditional regalia she wears to powwows, passed down from her grandmother.

"This Regalia, handcrafted ... tanned buckskin and designed with intricate beadwork, exemplified a legacy of tradition, culture, strength and pride that my Grandma Mary Pierre felt when she wore this traditional dress," said Kathy Moses, whose home was looted and ransacked the week of Nov. 21-28.

Her mother, Ellen Moses, is now 93 and handed the regalia down to Kathy, who has worn it to powwows and during traditional parades on the Colville Reservation.

"The Regalia is a priceless family heirloom and now it is gone," she said in a release. "This theft has left me, my mom, and our whole family devastated. I am pleading for help to bring the Regalia home. 

She asks anyone with pertinent information to contact Colville Tribal Police at 509-634-2472 or 800-551-5800.


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