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2009-03Mar04-Pow Wow moves from U of M-Ann Arbor


The Ann Arbor News reports that students who organize the University of Michigan pow wow are moving the pow wow from Crisler Arena to Saline Middle School. This is apparently related to the lack of repatriation of ancestral remains by the University of Michigan. In 2007, President Sue Coleman received a letter from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, with the backing of the Michigan Anishinaabek Cultural Preservation and Repatriation Alliance requesting return of the bones and other remains taken from sites in Lapeer, Macomb and Saginaw counties. The request was denied on the basis of lack of "cultural affiliation." The article was short on more details concerning this, but the Native American Student Association is reported to have turned down it’s annual $50,000 appropriation for the pow wow citing conflict with the university over lack of repatriation. Repatriation of remains and the process of doing so has been mandated by a law – the 1990 Native American Graves Protection Act, known as NAGPRA. [source: Pow Wow relocating from Ann Arbor to Saline, by Dave Gershman, The Ann Arbor News, Wednesday March 04, 2009]

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