Thursday, November 25, 2010

More Univ. of Michigan news

U-M adopts ‘consultation first’ approach on transfer of Native human remains
By Staff reports

Story Published: Nov 24, 2010

Story Updated: Nov 23, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan will take a “consultation first” approach to all interactions with American Indian tribes as the university further develops its policies and procedures for the transfer of Native American human remains.

Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest established the approach as part of his announcement that he has accepted the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Culturally Unidentifiable Human Remains.

The 12-member committee submitted nine recommendations that suggested a process for how the university might handle requests for the transfer of human remains and associated funerary objects now being held by the U-M Museum of Anthropology. The report was submitted Sept. 16.

Forrest accepted those recommendations, with some modifications, after weighing feedback he received during a month-long period of public comment during October.

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