Remains of Native Americans Buried in Michigan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe through its cultural center has reburied human remains of Native Americans formerly housed at Michigan universities.

The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reports Friday that sets of human remains and funerary objects were placed in two burial pits carved into the Nibokaan Ancestral Cemetery in Isabella County's Chippewa Township.

Three universities -- Wayne State, Michigan and Michigan State -- turned over the remains of 44 people earlier this week. Tribal officials say the remains buried during the "Recommitted to the Earth Ceremony" came from several sites, including Alpena and Oakland County.

The cemetery was created in 1995 to inter remains and associated objects held by universities, museums and other institutions. Officials say repatriation is important for tribes, as is reconciliation with the institutions.


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