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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 27, 1995 - 3

Native Americans hold forum on repatriation, funerary

'U' to hold
memorial to
honor Fulbright
The Southeastern Michigan
chapter of the Fulbright Associa-
tion will hold a memorial for late
Sen. J. William Fulbright, who died
in February.
There will be a panel discussion
with visiting Fulbrighters on
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Wil-
liam Clements Library. The pro-
gram is titled "Fulbright Perspec-
tives on Education in the U.S. and
In August 1946, President Truman
signed the Fulbright exchange fel-
lowship program into law. Since its
inception, nearly 250,000 students
have travelled abroad or visited the
United States as part of the program.
Fulbright won widespread support for
his adamant opposition to the Viet-
nam War.
t Famous Fulbrighters include poet
Maya Angelou, Sen. Daniel Patrick
Moynihan (D-N.Y.) and composer
Philip Glass.
The program will include a video
tribute to Fulbright by President
Clinton, who saw Fulbright as a
mentor. Afterward,. the Clements
director will lead a tour of the li-
brary and explain how research stu-
dents can gain access to its hold-
Campus Computer
Showcase to display
The best computer graphics on
ampus will be on display this week
in the Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science Building and the
Campus Computer Showcase.
Sponsored by Apple Computer
Inc., Cyber-Arts Show 95 will feature
animation, graphics, multi-media and
music on computers.
Organizer Jay Holman, an LSA
first-year student, said there are ap-
proximately 15-20 entries. "We are
*doing this show to show off some of
the features of the Macintosh com-
puter and to give the art, music and
multi-media inclined students a
chance to show off their hard work,"
Holman said.
Students can view the entries free
of charge March 29, from 11 a.m. to
4 p.m. inthe EECS Building and
March 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
*Campus Computer Showcase.
Hollywood alums to
visit campus
The Program in Film and Video
Studies will host six leading Holly-
wood producers, executives and writ-
ers Wednesday and Thursday for a
*discussion of their industry in the
next century.
Television executive Barbara
Corday and five University alums -
Sony Theatres chair Barrie Lawson
Loeks, television scriptwriter Roger
Lowenstein, producer John Lyons,
screen writer David Newman and New

Line Cinema chair and CEO Robert
Shaye - in a free, public panel dis-
- Compiled by Daily Staff Re-
porters Stephanie Jo Klein and Jason

By Katie Hutchins
Daily Staff Reporter
Not much controversy appeared
at the annual Native American Law
Day panel at Hutchins Hall Friday,
since the members of the panel were
all in agreement on the issue.
The topic was repatriation, and
the problem is an ongoing struggle
for many Native Americans today.
"What I was taught is that once
you are put in the Earth, that's where
your body belongs," said Pearlie
Broom of the Grand Traverse Band of
Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
Many tribes believe this and have
been struggling for years to retrieve
human remains and sacred objects from

museums and universities that have
collected them for display and study.
George Martin - who opened the
discussion with a traditional native
prayer - described seeing boxes of
human remains and sacred medicine
bags in a museum being stored, not
displayed or studied.
"It wasn't a museum. It was a ware-
house," he said. "You smell that cedar
(from the medicine bags). You smell
that sage ... and you sit there and won-
der about all the power and all the
healings that go along with that."
Now, thanks to the Native Ameri-
can Grave Protection and Repatriation
Act of 1990, native peoples are getting
the chance to rebury their ancestors.

Jack Trope and Michael Barry -
attorneys who have worked to enact
and enforce the grave protection acts
- described the legal issues involved.
Both said the current legislation is
insufficient - the national law only
covers federal lands and federally
funded programs.
Trope attributed the insufficien-
cies to the compromises necessary to
achieve consensus in Congress. He
added that "Native Americans did not
have the clout to force legislation
through, even in this area, where cer-
tainly there was a great deal of sym-
pathy in Congress."
Also present for the discussion
was Native American Philip Minthorn

Jr., who works in the repatriation of-
fice at the Smithsonian Institute's Na-
tional Museum of Natural History.
Minthorn encouraged tribes to
"take the initiative in this" and learn
about the repatriation laws. "If they
don't, then it will be a detriment to the
claims that they are making," he said.
The Smithsonian Institute - which
has the largest collection of human re-
mains in the United States - is com-
plying with a different act, which pro-
vides for the establishment of the Na-
tional Museum of the American Indian
and the return of human remains and
funerary objects to the descendants.
But, how the descendants are identi-
fied is a contentious issue. Trope said the

repatriation act requires museums to make
an inventory of their collections, identify
their cultural affiliation, and inform the
tribes of their possessions.
But "cultural affiliation" is not
clear, Trope said. "Tribes and the
scientific community can often have
different views," he said.
The panel lasted the full three
hours, and several of the panelists
attended a reception afterward.
Native American Law Students
Association co-chair Cass Buscher,
who helped organize the event, was
pleased with the discussion.
"It was interesting to hear what is
going on and what's covered by the
law and what isn't," he said.

Dancers, traders crowd
CiLsler at 23rd Powwow


By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
Crisler Arena was filled with the
sound of beating drums and the colors
of flashy feathers this weekend during
the 23rd annual Ann Arbor Powwow.
Dancers,,drummers and traders
came from all over the world to partici-
pate in the event. Over the course of the
weekend, four sessions of dancing filled
the main floor of the arena and artists'
booths jammed the hallways.
Native American Student Asso-
ciation President Mary Cotnam de-
scribed the powwow as "a time of
sharing." Indeed, thousands of people
and representatives from tribes all
over North America flooded the arena

to see the dancers and purchase art.
The dancers, described by the an-
nouncer as "the foundation of the
powwow," competed in a variety of
categories based on age, gender and
style of dance.
Kerry Funmaker Jr., Evan Logan
and Wayne Silas Jr. all competed in
several dance categories. They drove
from Wisconsin to dance at the pow-
wow. The three young men travel
across the United States and Canada
every weekend to events like this
"It's like a rodeo, only you have
no horse. It's just you out there with
others, competing and performing,"
Funmaker said.

Silas said average powwow prize
ranged from $100 to $2,000 per place
in each category, and he expected
Ann Arbor prizes to be no different,
as the 1994 total for prizes and gifts
was more than $50,000.
"Ann Arbor is the best powwow.
It's like our Olympics. It's about be-
ing proud and carrying on the tradi-
tions of our culture," Logan said.
The event emphasized cultural
pride. Before the performances of the
women traditional dancers, the an-
nouncer asked everyone to rise and
honor Native American women who
"fight daily to protect our children
from drugs, alcohol, violence and ma-

Survivors recall Nazi camps

Hawaii Club members dance the hula at Hawaii Cultural Night Saturday.
Students celebrate in
Hawali Cultural Night

By Spencer Dickinson
Daily Staff Reporter
About 4,500 miles from home,
Hawaiian University students as-
sembled Saturday night to celebrate
Hawaii's rich culture and to forget
their homesickness.
The "Hui 0' Hawai' i," also known
as the Hawaii Club, put on its first
Hawaii Cultural Night.
"We had a lot of help from families
and businesses at home," said LSA
sophomore Sheri Tokumaru, a Hawaii
Club officer. In January, the club mem-
bers began to write letters and make
phone calls asking for donations.
After a multi-course feast, club
members and their 120 guests sat down
for the culture show itself.
The show began with a hula per-
formed by the women of the Hawaii
Club. The dance was choreographed
by first-year Engineering student Faith
Pagba, who studied hula in Hawaii.
"I watched some tapes of hula
dances performed by the Hawaii Club
at Washington University and sort of

filled in the gaps," Pagba said.
The event featured Hawaiian story-
teller Woody Fern, who flew in from
Hawaii for the first performance.
Business School junior and Ha-
waii Club President Cory Kubota and
LSA junior Kendrick Kakazu gave
the audience "A Lesson in Pidgin,"
the composite Hawaiian dialect.
The culture show emphasized the
variety of the Hawaiian culture due to
American, European, Asian and native
Hawaiian influences.
The Hawaii Club, which is now five
months old, unites Hawaiian students
and assists them in "adjusting academi-
cally and socially to the Midwest."
Kubota started the club by calling
students with Hawaiian addresses in
the student directory. Since then, the
group's existence has spread by word
of mouth at the University.
Pagba said she is glad there is a
Hawaii Club at the University. "I can
relate to them," she said. "We are an
ohana," she added, employing the
Hawaiian word for "family."

By Melissa Koenigsberg
For the Daily
Fifty years after the liberation of
the Nazi concentration and death
camps, a panel of three survivors re-
called the Holocaust that still lives in
their hearts and minds, though it ended
nearly a lifetime ago.
Panelist Perry Shulman, a Holo-
caust survivor, said he is not sure he
really feels "liberated."
"You can liberate a mountain, city,
country. How can one liberate a mind,?
he said. "Memories go beyond that.
Yes, 50 years ago, but to us it is
memories that never escaped."
Hillel's Conference on the Holo-
caust committee sponsored "An
Evening with Survivors and Libera-
tors" Saturday at Irwin Green Audi-
torium as part of the 16th annual con-
Ruth Kent was freed March 16,
1945. She was 9 years old when Hitler
declared war on Poland.
"I spent that night in the hospital,"
Kent said. "I could not take food. In a
few weeks I was feeling better. I hitch-
hiked back to my home. There was
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was enough evidence to charge Mitchell,
33, with the Inkster rape-murders.
DNA tests conducted at the state
police crime lab in East Lansing, Mich.,
linked Mitchell to four of the five vic-
tims in the Ann Arbor rapes spanning a
2 112-year period. On March 2,
Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian
Mackie charged Mitchell with one count
of first-degree murder and four counts
of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The preliminary examination for
the Ann Arbor sexual assaults and
murder will be held today at 9 a.m. in
15th District Court to determine if
Mitchell should stand trial. If found
guilty of the charges, he could serve
several life sentences in prison.
Mitchell is in Washtenaw County
Jail awaiting trial in a separate case
involving a Christmas Eve assault
and attempted purse snatching of an
Ann Arbor woman. If convicted on
the mugging charges, Mitchell faces
up to 15 years in prison.
Mitchell was wearing a bloody glove
at the time of his arrest on Christmas
Day. DNA tests conducted on the glove
allegedly used in the robbery and
Mitchell's blood were the break police
needed in their investigation.
Michigan State Police and the
Inkster Police Department took blood
and saliva samples from Mitchell on
Feb.10 todetermine ifhe was involved
in the Inkster deaths. Mitchell resided
in Tnter befrue mnovino in Ann Arbnr

not one Jewish neighbor left. I was
wondering why I survived, it was so
Kent remembers the separation
from her parents at Auschwitz as the
most difficult experience to deal with.
She never saw them again. Kent said
she feels celebrating liberation is valu-
able, but it is more important to re-
member the past and speak for those
who have perished.
Erna Borman believes that she
survived by chance. A nearby farmer
took her family into his barn, where
they lived for two years. She never
left the small spot behind the bales of
hay or changed her clothes during
that time.
"I was 10 years old and I watched
my mother die. I did not cry, I was
dead anyhow," Borman said. "We

buried her at the side of the road."
Unable to speak and malnourished,
she crawled across a main road and
ran through fields, petrified of every-
one. "I am supposed to talk of libera-
tion. I did not know what liberation
was. I do not want you to feel sorry for
me. ... The kindness of a human be-
ing, because of this, I am alive,"
Borman said.
At the end of the panel, the audi-
ence had an opportunity to ask ques-
tions. The survivors answered ques-
tions about religious faith, their feel-
ings about prejudice today and how
they found the will to survive.
"We never gave up because it
would be giving up on ourselves. We
would never give into the forces that
dictated the idea that we were not
worthy," Shulman said.


University of Michigan
presents the fourteenth annual

William T. Rowe
Professor of History
Johns Hopkins University
"Economics and Culture in
18th Century China"
Thursday, March 30, 1995
Rackham 4th Floor Amphitheater

What's happening In Ann Arbor today


0 Nnjtsu Club, beginners welcome,
761-8251, IMSB, Room G21,7:30-
9 Pm.
© Shorn-Ryu Karate-DoClub, men and
women, beginners welcome, 994-
3620, CCRB, Room 2275,7-8 p.m.
O Society For Creative Anachronism,
North Campus, EECS, Room 1311,
7 p.m. workshop, 8 p.m. meeting
U Taekwondo Club, beginners and
other new members welcome, 747-
6889, CCRB, Room 2275, 8:30-
10 p.m.
D WOL. Channel 70 Programming:
WOLV News, 7-8 p.m.; Dating
Game, 8-10 p.m.; Digital Concert,
10-12 p.m.

House, 802 Monroe, 8:30 p.m.
Q "Friendly Days Kick-off Bonanza,"
sponsored by Friendly Days, Michi-
gan Union Ballroom, 8-10 p.m.
Q "Genocide," 16th Annual Confer-
ence on the Holocaust, sponsored
by Hillel, Frieze Building, Room
3050, 12:30 p.m.
Q "Meet Your Administrator Day,"
sponsored by Friendly Days, Diag,
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Q "Multi Bank Securities Information
Session," sponsored by Career
Planning and Placement, Michigan
League, Kalamazoo Room, 7-9 p.m.
S"Poor Families and Child Serving
Institutions: A Case Study of One
Public Housing
Project," sponsored by School of
Social Work, West Engineering

Q 76-GUIDE, 764-8433, peer coun-
seling phone line, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
Q ECB Peer Tutorial, Angell Hall
Computing Site, 747-4526, 7-
11 p.m.
U Campus Information Center, Michi-
gan Union, 763-INFO; events info
76-EVENT or UM*Events on
Q North Campus Information Center,
North Campus Commons, 763-
NCIC, 7:30 a.m.-5:50 p.m.
Q Northwalk, 763-WALK, Bursley
Lobby, 8 p.m.-1;30 a.m.
Q Political Science Undergrad Peer
Advising, 764-6386, sponsored by
UPSA, Haven Hall, Room 5620,11
a.m.-2 p.m.

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