ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – The University of Michigan says it will consult with Indian tribes about turning over human remains in its collection in response to newly released federal rules.

The U.S. Interior Department published the rules Monday under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The rules are for handling remains that can’t be clearly linked to a specific tribe.

University spokeswoman Kelly Cunningham says it will obey the rules and hold talks with Indian groups. The rules take effect May 14.

Michigan has faced criticism for retaining the remains of about 1,400 Native Americans in its archaeological collection. In October, it formed a committee to review its policies on handling Indian bones and artifacts.


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