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Kevin Abourezk: Saginaw Chippewa Tribe reclaims ancestors

Kevin Abourezk reports on the repatriation efforts of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan:
Charmaine Shawana plans to get up early Wednesday and drive nearly 12 hours west to bring her ancestors home.

It’s been more than a century since two of her tribe’s ancestors were taken from their graves in Michigan, and it’s time to bring them home, said the Saginaw Chippewa tribal council member.

“Our ancestors were disrupted in their sleep,” she said. “We need to put them back, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

A small delegation will visit Lincoln Wednesday and Thursday to retrieve the remains of the ancestors that have been housed for decades in the University of Nebraska State Museum.

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