Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation (NAGPRA) & Museum Services
NAGPRA/Artifact / Living Museum Specialist, Eric Hemenway
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) is a Federal law that gives tribes the opportunity to claim ancestral human remains and certain items from museums and federal agencies. LTBB Odawa has been active in repatriation work since the tribe’s reaffirmation in 1994, and that commitment to have our ancestors returned continues on to this day under the Gijigowi Bipskaabiimi Department.
Current Repatriation Projects
Returning remains not only from Emmet County, and working with the other tribes in Michigan on having all Anishnaabek remains brought back home, under NAGPRA. These negotiations include over a dozen museums from across the county. Gijigowi Bipskaabiimi is pleased to have one if its employees sit on the NAGPRA Review Committee .
Providing the National Park Service information pertaining to the Odawa that is both historically and culturally accurate. In 2009/10 Fort Necessity National Battlefield in Pennsylvania worked closely with LTBB on developing a temporary exhibit to showcase the Odawa involvement in the French and Indian War.
- Petersburg National Battlefield, Petersburg, Virginia. Company K, an all Indian sharpshooter regiment from Michigan, fought and died in this battle during the civil war. The park is renovating their grounds and seeking to incorporate the Odawa’s story into the park.
- Celebration for the 200 year anniversary of the War of 1812. The state of Michigan, along with Ontario, are planning events throughout the Great Lakes to commemorate this historic battle, which LTBB Odawa were involved in.
Any information pertaining to Odawa involvement in the French/Indian War, War of 1812, Civil War and any other conflicts would be greatly appreciated. Any information about cultural practices, families, and significant areas are welcomed to enhance our services to the LTBB citizens.
NAGPRA/Artifact / Living Museum Specialist: Eric Hemenway (231) 242-1527
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Location: 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Program Contact Number: (231) 242-1527