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Progress to Date

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To date, the University has completed the following repatriations and dispositions in accordance with NAGPRA:

“MNI” = “Minimum Number of Individuals”
“AFO” = “Associated Funerary Object(s)”
“UFO” = “Unassociated Funerary Object(s)”

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By MNI

  • Claimed: 40
  • Requested: 818
  • Transferred: 763

By Sites

  • Claimed: 5
  • Requested: 30
  • Transferred: 146

 

Repatriations

  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 follow-on repatriation of human remains (no change to the original MNI count) from a transfer made in 2000 from Ottawa County, Michigan.
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan).
  • 3 repatriations totaling 15 UFO from Emmet County, Michigan.

Dispositions

  • Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan), Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan), Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 disposition totaling 3 MNI from Montmorency County, Michigan.
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan) and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan)—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Hannahville Indian Community (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) (Michigan); Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan); Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 disposition totaling 9 MNI from Kent County, Michigan.
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan) and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan)—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 2 dispositions totaling 5 MNI from Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties, Michigan.
  • Hannahville Indian Community (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); and Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 disposition totaling 2 MNI and 110 AFO from Gogebic County, Michigan.
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan) and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan)—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Hannahville Indian Community (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) (Michigan); Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan); Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 disposition totaling 1 MNI from Kent County, Michigan.
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan)—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 4 dispositions totaling 18 MNI from Lake, Montcalm, Newaygo, and Wexford Counties, Michigan.
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan), Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan), and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan)—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 2 dispositions totaling 2 MNI from Roscommon County, Michigan.
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan)—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Hannahville Indian Community (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) (Michigan); Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan); Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 disposition totaling 1 MNI and 1 AFO from Emmet County, Michigan.
  • Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan), Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan), and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Hannahville Indian Community (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) (Michigan); Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan); Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan), and Sokaogon Chippewa Community (Wisconsin).
  • 1 follow-on disposition of human remains (no change to the original MNI count) from a transfer made in 2012 from Mackinac County, Michigan.
  • Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan), Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan), Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 disposition totaling 1 MNI from Alpena County, Michigan.
  • Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan), Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana), and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Hannahville Indian Community (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) (Michigan); Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan); Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 6 dispositions totaling 12 MNI and 2 AFO from Livingston, Shiawassee, and Oakland Counties, Michigan.
  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Hannahville Indian Community (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) (Michigan); Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan); Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 16 dispositions totaling 41 MNI and 4 AFO from Shiawassee, Genesee, Macomb, St. Clair, Sanilac, and Tuscola Counties, Michigan.
  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 16 dispositions totaling 25 MNI from Clinton, Gladwin, Gratiot, and Saginaw Counties, Michigan.
  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 disposition totaling 1 MNI from Isabella County, Michigan.
  • Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan) and Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana)—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Hannahville Indian Community (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) (Michigan); Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan); Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 3 dispositions totaling 10 MNI and 43 AFO from Berrien County, Michigan.
  • Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan), Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana), and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Hannahville Indian Community (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) (Michigan); Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan); Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 4 dispositions totaling 48 MNI and 211 AFO from Oakland County, Michigan.
  • Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan) and Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana)—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Hannahville Indian Community (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) (Michigan); Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan); Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan and Indiana); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan).
  • 51 dispositions totaling 219 MNI and 535 AFO from Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Ionia, Jackson, Monroe, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties, Michigan.

Repatriations

  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 follow-on repatriation of human remains (adding 1 MNI to the original count) from a transfer made in 2009 from Emmet County, Michigan.

Dispositions

  • Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan), Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan), and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Hannahville Indian Community (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) (Michigan); Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan); Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); and the Sokaogon Chippewa Community (Wisconsin).
  • 3 dispositions totaling 84 MNI and 91 AFO from Mackinac County, Michigan.
  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan—Accepting transfer of a joint disposition to the Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan); Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rock Boy’s Reservation of Montana; Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Hannahville Indian Community (Michigan); Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Michigan); Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan); Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan); Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) (Michigan); Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan); Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Michigan); Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan); and the Sokaogon Chippewa Community (Wisconsin).
  • 1 disposition totaling 120 MNI and 219 AFO from Lapeer County, Michigan.

Transfers to Legal Controllers

  • National Park Service.
  • 1 transfer totaling 1 MNI from Chippewa County, Michigan.

Repatriations

  • Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Michigan).
  • 1 repatriation of 5 sacred objects.
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 follow-on repatriation of human remains (no change to the original MNI count) from a transfer made in 2000 from Ottawa County, Michigan.
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 repatriation of 14 UFO from Emmet County, Michigan.
  • 1 follow-on repatriation of human remains (no change to the original MNI count) from a transfer made in 2009 from Emmet County, Michigan.

 

  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (North Dakota).
  • 1 repatriation totaling 1 MNI from the Fort Rice area of North Dakota.

Repatriations

  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 repatriation totaling 2 MNI from Emmet County, Michigan.

Repatriations

  • White Mountain Apache Tribe (Arizona)—Accepting transfer of a joint repatriation to the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, Fort McDowell Mohave-Apache Indian Community (Arizona), Fort Sill Apache Tribe (Oklahoma), Mescalero Apache Tribe (New Mexico), San Carlos Apache Tribe (Arizona), Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona, White Mountain Apache Tribe (Arizona), and the Yavapai-Apache Nation (Arizona).
  • 1 repatriation of 1 sacred object.

Repatriations

  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 repatriation totaling 12 MNI and 18 AFO from Ottawa County, Michigan.

Repatriations

  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Michigan).
  • 1 repatriation totaling 1 MNI and 510 UFO from Emmet County, Michigan.