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      Chippewa tribe names historical preservation head

      The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe has named its first full-time historic preservation officer.

      The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reports that Charmaine Shawana was sworn in last week by Tribal Chief Steve Pego.

      Shawana says she looks forward to preserving the tribe's language, properties and burial grounds. She says one task of a historical preservation committee being formed is to help determine the future of the former Michigan Indian Industrial Boarding School in Mount Pleasant.

      The tribe has 3,700 members with 1,700 living on 138,000 acres of trust land in six townships in Isabella County. It also owns 918 acres at the Saganing reservation near Standish.

      The tribe last year became the 142nd with a Tribal Historic Preservation Office in the U.S. and the fifth in Michigan.