Last week we had one of the most beautiful reburial ceremonies I have ever been a part of. LTBB Odawa, along with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the state of Michigan and the village of Mackinac Island, all worked together for a reburial on Mackinac Island. The island is owned by the state but has a long history of Anishnaabek occupation and ceremonial use. When the tribes approached Mackinac Island about the possibility of utilizing some lands to rebury remains from near by areas at the Straits of Mackinac, we were not sure how long it would take to materialize, if it was to happen at all. All parties worked together to make this happen much sooner than I anticipated and we were able to rebury remains last week.
This was a reminder of the importance of doing the work and the good that comes out of it. We had worked on previous repatriatons with the state of Michigan, so when it came time to approach this department within the state, it was very comfortable and this department knew the importance of what we were requesting. This goes to show, repatriations are positive on many levels and can be the foundation for positive work.