An Indian tribal official has said that the head was not found.
It is not clear whether the demand was met, but tribal officials said the Government had paid them $50,000.
Tribal officials said they had nothing to do with the reversal.
Tribal officials consider the rock an important piece of their heritage.
Two messages left for tribal officials were not immediately returned last night.
Its annual general budget averages $88 million, tribal officials say.
Some tribal officials say they are mystified as to why anyone would want to return or give away their money.
In 1995, tribal officials discussed plans to build a transportation center near the state hospital.
Tribal officials did not talk to reporters when questioned about the lack of action.
And all at variance with Indian culture, tribal officials emphasize.