Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe reburies remains formerly housed at University of Michigan


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CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, Michigan — The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has reburied the remains of dozens of Native Americans formerly housed at the University of Michigan.

Tribe members held a ceremony Wednesday at the Nibokaan Ancestral Cemetery in Isabella County's Chippewa Township. The tribe says the remains and more than 800 associated funerary objects were at the school's Museum of Anthropological Archaeology in Ann Arbor.

The Morning Sun in Mount Pleasant ( ) reports that repatriation committee member Charmaine Shawana says the group is happy "because they're going back in the ground."

The tribe says that in 1923-1935, the remains of at least 94 people were removed from a site in Lapeer County north of Imlay City. It says an archaeologist collected the remains and funeral objects and donated them to the museum.


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