Public Radio Segment on NAGPRA and Michigan Tribes

INTERLOCHEN PUBLIC RADIO (2009-04-22) For the more than a decade now Indian tribes in Michigan and elsewhere have been reclaiming objects lost over the centuries. In many cases they are also able to return to the earth the remains of long-dead ancestors. We’ll meet the researcher who does this work for one of the tribes in northern lower Michigan.

Listen here.

Occasional Paper on Economic Development

In conjunction with the upcoming 2nd Annual Great Lakes Economic Development Symposium, which Matthew posted about here, I’ve written an introduction to eight articles we’ve submitted for the conference materials. The piece, From Economic Development to Nation Building: Observations on Eight Articles about Tribes, Sovereignty and Economic Development, will also be available on the Center’s Occasional Papers website.

2nd Annual Great Lakes Tribal Economic Development Symposium

This symposium is scheduled for October 31 and November 1 at the Soaring Eagle casino and hotel in Mt. Pleasant.

Keynote speakers include Lance Morgan of Ho-Chunk Inc. and Joe Kalt of the Harvard Project.

The most recent agenda (subject to change) is here.

More Federal Recognition Materials: Grand River Bands

The Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians of Michigan (official website) has been petitioning for federal recognition.

Chairman Ron Yob’s powerful testimony before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is here (2006) and here (2007).

Senator Carl Levin’s statement about the Bands is here.