Indian man's skull turned over to tribe

Apr 20, 2014

SUTTONS BAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A skull that was passed down through generations of a northern Michigan family has been turned over to an Indian group. 

Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that the family doesn't want its name known. He says the family gave the skull to his office in Sutton's Bay Township.

 Borkovich says the skull had been in the family for years. He says that according to family lore, a family member bought it from an Indian on Beaver Island. The sheriff says a Michigan State University lab determined the skull was from an Indian man from the 1800s. Borkovich says he gave the skull to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, which performed a repatriation ceremony Friday.