The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Men’s Society walk to the Nibokaan Ancestral Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, on October 12, 2012. More repatriated ancestors will be reburied at the Nibokaan funeral with the help of this grant.

NAGRPA Grants Awarded to Help Repatriate Remains, Cultural Objects


Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation grants totaling $74,348 went out on April 14 to assist in the repatriation of human remains and sacred objects, objects of cultural patrimony and funerary objects, the National Park Service announced recently in a press release.

“The work funded by these grants is a step toward addressing past violations of the treatment of human remains and sacred objects of Native peoples, while restoring the ability of American Indian and Native Hawaiian peoples to be stewards of their own ancestral dead and cultural heritage.” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

NAGPRA Grant Recipients:

Native Village of Barrow in Alaska—$14,904

Native Village of Barrow in Alaska—$15,000

The Regents of the University of California—$6,309

Smith River Rancheria in California—$14,944

Bay Mills Indian Community in Michigan—$1,937

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan—$14,836

The Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma—$4,103

Sweet Briar College, Art Collection and Galleries in Virginia—$2,315

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan plans on using the grant money to “implement the disposition and reburial of physical human remains of 94 Native American individuals and 812 associated funerary objects from the Younge site at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Anthropological Archaeology,” the tribe said in a statement. The reburial will take place at the Saginaw Chippewa’s Nibokaan Ancestral Cemetary, established in 1995 specifically for the reburial of repatriated remains and funerary objects.

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