Project looking for more Indian remains in Flint, Michigan

Flint, Michigan (AP) June 2010

Volunteers, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe members and researchers are working through the summer looking for more Native American remains near downtown Flint.

The effort began in 2008 after a construction crew unearthed remains later determined to be Anishinabek, an indigenous people that includes ancestors of the tribe. The Stone Street site will be turned into a memorial park when work is completed.

William Johnson is curator for the tribe’s Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways in Mount Pleasant. He says volunteers are helping sift dirt, housing debris and rubbish.

Johnson says the tribe knew its ancestors lived in the area near the Flint River, but was surprised by the discovery.

The Genesee County Land Bank had been redeveloping the area.

Online:

Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways: "http://www.sagchip.org
Ziibiwing" http://www.sagchip.org/ziibiwing

Information on volunteering with the Stone Street Ancestral Recovery and Reburial Project in Flint can be obtained by calling the Ziibiwing Center at 989-775-4750 or e-mailing Beverley Smith of the University of Michigan-Flint, bevsmith(at)umflint.edu. Donations of food, water, supplies and financial support for the project also are being accepted. Details are on the center’s website.






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