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December 9, 1998
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VOL. 98 COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 73
By Lindsay Young
Senior staff writer
A federal committee will take the first step in
deciding this week whether a set of unaffiliated
American Indian remains can be returned to a
group of Midwestern tribes.
A claim for 40 unaffiliated American Indian
remains and part of a teaching collection now in
the hands of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
will be given special consideration by the feder
al NAGPRA review committee at its meeting
that starts Thursday in Santa Fe, N.M.
NAGPRA stands for the Native American
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Indian leaders are
expectant that the review committee will return
the university-held bones to the American Indian
“I'm hopeful that the review committee will
support the claim that was made,” said Pemina
Yellow Bird a NAGPRA representative for the
Three Affiliated Tribes in Kansas.
Yellow Bird will also be at the committee’s
She is the chairwoman of a coalition of tribes
that worked with UNL when it decided in
September to repatriate about 1,700 affiliated
and unaffiliated remains to various tribes.
An inventory of the additional remains is in
the process of being published in the federal reg
ister, and after it is published and a 30-day wait
ing period has passed the university can return
The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska has volun
teered to bury the remains, if repatriated along
with the help of other tribes.
NAGPRA, signed into law in 1990, required
museums, federal agencies and institutions, such
as UNL,,to take an inventory of human remains
and associated funerary objects and report it to
the National Park Service by November 1995.
At the request of affiliated tribes, the remains
and objects are returned.
However, the group of remains that the feder
al committee will hear testimony about Thursday
and Friday is culturally unaffiliated.
That means researchers are unable to tell
what tribe they are related to, but they can tell the
remains are American Indian.
The federal review committee's chairwoman,
Tessie Naranjo, said the fact the remains are
unaffiliated makes repatriation more complicat
“If it’s culturally unidentifiable, then it's not a
clear-cut, direct repatriation," said Naranjo, who
spoke from her home in Espanola, N.M.,
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SHARI CLARKE, special assistant to NU President Dennis Smith for diversity and equity, has been at the university for six
months. She said the University of Nebraska needs to find ways to make minorities feel at home.
Clarke wants NU to be home to all
By Kim Sweet
The effects of Shari Clarke’s
job extend far outside her small
office in Varner Hall.
Hired six months ago by NU
President Dennis Smith, Clarke
describes her job as special assis
tant to the president for diversity
and equity as being the “eyes and
ears” of the institution and the
community of diversity that exists
Being an advocate for groups
outside the university is something
new for Clarke.
Serving as director of multi
cultural affairs at Whitman
College in Walla Walla, Wash., and
as associate dean of multicultural
affairs at the University of Maine
before she came to NU, Clarke
says she misses the buzz of a col
lege campus, where students
“I really miss the vibrancy of
being on a campus,” Clarke said.
But her trips to the four cam
puses in the NU system somewhat
satisfy her craving for student life,
“I really enjoy the time 1 get to
interact with students,” Clarke
Clarke’s new job requires her
to go outside the university to get a
feel for the attitudes minority
groups around Nebraska have
about the NU system.
From what she has discovered
so far, she said, she has a big job to
“One of the things we haven’t
done well is made people of color
feel like this is their university,”
Clarke said she has concluded
that Nebraska’s community of
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Global publisher acquires Cliffs Notes
By Jessica Fargen
In 1958, Cliff Hillegass used
the tiny basement of his Lincoln
house to produce a series of study
guides on 16 Shakespeare plays.
Little did he know that 40 years
later, Cliffs Notes, those little black
and yellow books, would grow to
230 titles, produce a 32,000 square
foot warehouse in Lincoln and
serve as lifesavers for students
across the country cramming for
tests or trying to grasp “Hamlet.”
But Monday, Hillegass handed
over the reins to Cliffs Notes when
IDG Books Worldwide announced
it was buying the company for
S14.2 million. IDG Books, an 8
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year-old global publishing compa
ny, plans to expand Cliffs Notes’
products and market.
Robert Covolik, former Cliffs
Notes president, has been with the
company since 1963, when he used
to play basketball and musical
instruments with Hillegass' son.
“One Saturday (Hillegass)
asked if I’d like to take some boxes
to the post office, not realizing that
35 years later I’d be president of
that company,” said Covolik, who is
now manager of Cliffs Education,
the company’s new name.
Although the warehouse and
office at 4851 S. 16th St. have a new
name, the books will continue to be
called Cliffs Notes under the merg
er with IDG Books, which pro
duces For Dummies, a series of
the World Wide Web at http:/ /icww.un
similarly colored black and yellow
books that explain how to do a vari
ety of things, including cooking
and working out.
“The timing was right. The
chemistry was right,” Covolik said.
“It's kind of coincidental that they
both have yellow and black color
“It’s a great fit, and we're really
happy about it.”
Mimi Sells, JDG Books
spokesman, is in Lincoln this week
to help make the public announce
ment of the sale.
“We’re really happy about it.
We think Cliffs Notes is a great
brand,” she said. “Everyone knows
“We think it's just a great mar
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Cliffs Notes and IDG Books
share a philosophy of making
learning fun and affordable, Sells
said, and IDG Books plans to aug
“We plan to expand it to more
subject areas, to more markets,
expand it globally,” Sells said.
“We're a global market.”
“People read Shakespeare
around the world. Cliffs Notes
could be there.”
IDG Books, based near San
Francisco, publishes For Dummies
books, board games and classical
music compact discs, as well as a
line of “bibles” - A to Z reference
guides on various subjects.
Cliffs Notes employs 55 peo
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