Harvard repatriating ancestral human remains from Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

The Midland Daily News
November 10, 2016

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and its Ziibiwing Cultural Society (Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways), in cooperation with five other Authorized Transfer Recipient Tribes, will lead an effort for the disposition of the physical human remains of 98 Native American individuals from Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Cambridge, Mass.

The other tribes involved include the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians – Gun Lake Tribe, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

The Native American ancestral remains originate from the Michigan counties of Alpena, Berrien, Kent, Newaygo, Saint Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne, as well as one unknown site. Some of the ancestors have been at Harvard University since as early as 1869. The eight Notices of Inventory Completion for the 98 ancestors posted to the Federal Register on Oct. 3.

The Ziibiwing Cultural Society has been working on behalf of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, and in cooperation with the Michigan Anishinaabek Cultural Preservation & Repatriation Alliance, to bring home ancestors and their associated funerary objects from the numerous museums, universities and institutions across the country since the passage of the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

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