MARQUETTE – Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Bill Miller will give two lectures and a performance at Northern Michigan University Tuesday (Sept. 27).

            His first lecture at 2 p.m. will be on the topic of race and diversity.  At 4 p.m., he will speak on health and wellness.  Both take place in the Ontario Room.  His main performance is at 7:30 p.m. in room 102 of Jamrich Hall and will include song and discussion.   All are open to the public free of charge.

            Miller, a Mohican Indian originally from northern Wisconsin, won the 2005 Grammy for Best Native American Music Album (vocal or instrumental) for his Cedar Dream Songs album.  He is known for blending Native American and western folk/blues traditions into a fresh and exciting style of its own.        

Miller has written songs with such artists as Nancy Griffith, Peter Rowan and Kim Carnes.  He has performed or toured with Tori Amos, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, the BoDeans, Richie  Haven and Arlo Guthrie. 

Besides being a recording artist and songwriter, Miller is also an accomplished painter and a political-social activist.

Miller’s visit is sponsored by NMU Diversity Student Services, the NMU Center for Native American Studies, and the NMU Gateway Academic Program (a King-Chavez-Parks initiative). 

Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications