The Center for Native American studies has secured two grants from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community: one for $9,200 to support the "Learning to Walk Together" pow wow hosted by the Native American Student Association; and another for $8,000 to host the Indigenous Earth Issues Summit. Both grants are under the direction of April Lindala, director of the center.

Twelve members of the Northern Michigan Constructors (NMC) student organization worked Dec. 12-21 alongside Habitat for Humanity personnel building new homes for families still in need in New Orleans. NMC represents students interested in serving the community and working together with multiple non-profit organizations. Other recent projects include building a ramp for a disabled veteran in Skandia and spending a weekend in Menominee volunteering with the Heroes at Home organization.

On a related note, five NMU seniors in Michael Andary's (Technology and Applied Sciences) project control class received a certificate of achievement from the Marquette City Commission for their service learning design-build project for a new Sunset Point Pavilion on Presque Isle. Brian Potter, Shawn Krueger, Ryan Cherry, Tim Sorenson and Darroll Trinkle collaborated with the City of Marquette, local service organizations, architect Barry Polzin and material vendors. They completed the required permitting process and coordinated a series of inspections throughout the project.  The Northern Michigan Constructors, who had torn down the original structure three years ago, provided supplemental labor when the senior group needed additional assistance. Construction was completed in November, a week ahead of schedule and more than $1,000 under budget. The students participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new pavilion in December and were invited to present a summary of the project to the noon Kiwanis club. 

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