What items are on this site?
The items on this site represent the Native American portion of the City of St. Ignace’s Fort de Buade Museum Collection.  They were photographed and cataloged as part of a NAGPRA Consultation and Documentation grant in May and June of 2017.
 
What is the purpose of this website?
The main focus of this website is to provide Native American communities who may have cultural affiliations with items in the Fort de Buade Museum Collection with long-distance access to information and photos of these items. The City of St. Ignace hopes this long-distance access will facilitate further tribal consultation regarding potential repatriation requests under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).  In some instances, consultation may assist in the correct identification of certain objects, and assist in determining the use of certain objects.
 
Why was I selected as a community representative?
You were previously identified as a tribal government representative to conduct NAGPRA consultations regarding the Fort de Buade Museum Collection and/or your current position as a cultural/heritage expert for a tribal government. If you or your community’s governing body would prefer to nominate another or additional representatives, please contact us and we will arrange to provide them with access to the website.
 
Who has access to this website?
This website is password-protected and not open to the general public. Website accounts will only be established for tribal representatives identified by their respective governments to engage in NAGPRA consultations with the City of St. Ignace regarding the Fort de Buade Museum Collection. The City of St. Ignace is currently consulting with a number of tribes throughout the country about the collection. A very limited number of City staff, Michilimackinac Historical Society (MHS) staff, and consultants also maintain access to assist tribal representatives in navigating the website and answering questions that may arise. Additionally, steps have been taken to keep the website’s images of the artifacts private and non-sharable.
 
Can I share this website and my account information with other community members or subject matter experts?
Yes. While the City of St. Ignace will be happy to establish as many individual website accounts as a tribe requests, we trust that tribal communities will responsibly provide additional individuals with website access to ensure that they are able to make fully-informed claims of cultural affiliation in accordance with NAGPRA. The City of St. Ignace believes that tribal communities will know how to best use discretion on whether to share their website account information with additional individuals.  The City of St. Ignace will be happy to establish as many individual website accounts as a tribe requests.
 
Does this site or any of its uses have a charge?
No. Communication and viewing through this website is completely free of charge.
 
I see an item that I would like to learn more/have questions about. What can I do?
If you have questions about a particular item in the collection, would like more information about it, or would like more detailed pictures, please post a comment on that item’s particular web page with your question - an MHS staff member will contact you directly by email or phone to discuss further. You may also arrange an onsite visit to see the collection in person by contacting MHS Curator/Collections Manager Erin Vanier at evanier.mhs@gmail.com or (906) 643-6627
 
Will the City of St. Ignace protect the privacy of me, my constituents, and our consultation communications?
Yes and no. The website provides all users the ability to post comments and questions about individual resources in the collections. Only City staff, MHS staff, and consultants specifically assigned to this project can read your online comments or communicate with you. The communications sent from your account are available only to those who have your account log-in information.  Having said that, the City of St. Ignace is a governmental entity and is subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In the event that the City received a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, the request would be forwarded to the City Clerk for processing and to determine which, if any, records are exempt from dissemination.
 
Can I request repatriation of cultural materials through this website?
No. This website was created to facilitate the sharing of information and communication. We hope the information provided here will assist in preparing formal claims as per 10.10 in the regulations and Section 7 of the law. If you have questions about the NAGPRA process, please contact Claire Wilbert, Associate with Bernstein & Associates at claire@nagpra.info or (206) 963-1430 or refer to the National NAGPRA Program’s Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra/faq.
 
Why hasn’t someone answered my questions or addressed my concerns?
There is only one MHS staff member dedicated to this project, and there are numerous tribal communities participating in the consultation process. Each time you submit a comment or question related to a particular item in the collection, the website automatically notifies the MHS staffer by email. The Historical Society will do its best to notify you of our receipt of your comment or question, but the complexity of the question, how many questions were received prior to yours, and the time needed to access items in storage may all influence our response time. Again, please don’t hesitate to contact MHS Curator/Collections Manager Erin Vanier at evanier.mhs@gmail.com or (906) 643-6627 if you need immediate assistance.  If you have questions or concerns about the NAGPRA process, please contact Claire Wilbert, Associate with Bernstein & Associates at claire@nagpra.info or (206) 963-1430.