Semester Highlights

Summer 2015

Promotion Gathering and Going Away Bash for CNAS faculty was held on Monday, June 1. 

Martin Reinhardt and April Lindala attend SAIGE Conference on June 15-18.

 

Winter 2015

Congratulations to our CNAS faculty on their promotion! 
Dr. Martin Reinhardt - earned tenure and promoted to Associate Professor
Shirley Brozzo - promoted to Contingent Professor
Grace Chaillier - promoted to Contingent Associate Professor

Baamaapii to Aimee Cree Dunn!  She'll be attending Montana State University in the fall to pursue a doctoral degree. 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 19.  CNAS faculty, staff, and students participated in the March for Equality walk to the University Center where presentations took place.   

"Braiding Sweetgrass" Book Launch took place on Friday, January 23.  NMU students were able to get a free copy of the book, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

"Lies My Teacher Told Me" author, Dr. James Loewen presented on Wednesday, January 28.  See W15 Loewen Poster.  Listen to the Sunny FM interviews Dr. Loewen with Walt Lindala.  See photo highlights of the 11am Loewen Presentation or the 4pm Loewen Presentation

Baby Moccasin Workshop with Roger LaBine on Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21. See photo highlights at W15 Moccasin Workshop.  See W15 Baby Mocs postcard. 

DDP presentation at the Indigenous Farming Conference in Callaway, Minnesota from March 5-March 8. Also presented at the Leech Lake Tribal College. 

22nd annual "Learning to Walk Together" Traditional Pow wow on Saturday, March 14.  See LTWT website page.  Photo highlights W15 Pow wow

Cheryl Minnema, author of Hungry Johnny, visited NMU on Monday, March 16 - Wednesday, March 18.  Cheryl visited classrooms, read her book at the Olson Library, and on Wednesday, Cheryl conducted a beading workshop.  See photo highlights W15 Cheryl Minnema.  

Elizabeth and Leonard Kimewon visited NMU as our first Elders-in-Residence from Tuesday, March 17 until Friday, March 20.  They visited classrooms and Elizabeth conducted a birchbark and quill workshop on Friday. See photo highlights at W15 Elders in Residence

Field trip on Saturday, March 21 to the KBIC Sugar Bush (see photo highlights W15 KBIC Sugar Bush) for the NAS 101, NAS 310, and NAS 488 students. NAS 101 students had another opportunity to visit the Tadgerson sugar camp on Tuesday, March 24. 

The Diversity Common Reader Program hosted four Braiding Sweetgrass discussions with NMU faculty in March.  See W15 Braiding Sweetgrass poster for details.

Braiding Sweetgrass author, Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer visited NMU on March 30-31 as part of the Diversity Common Reader Program.  See DCRP poster for details. See photo highlights at W15 Robin Wall Kimmerer

On Thursday, April 2, Dr. Martin Reinhardt presented on the Decolonizing Diet Project for the Sustainability Series.  See photo highlights at W15 DDP and SAP Presentation

On Thursday, April 9, the NMU AISES Chapter hosted Rich Sgarlotti for a presentation on Ethno-mathematics

Dr. Martin Reinhardt's NAS 488 Native American Service Learning Project hosted the Superior Alliance for Independent Living's book club.  See photo highlights at W15 NAS 488 hosts SAIL

Dr. Lisa Poupart and four students presented three times on campus on April 13. See W15 Lisa Poupart flyer.  See photo highlights at W15 Dr. Lisa Poupart.  Watch the 7pm presentation at the MediaSite Live link:  Dr. Lisa Poupart

NAS 310 field trip to KBIC on Wednesday, April 15. See photo highlights at W15 NAS 310 Visit KBIC

NASA and AISES attended the Student Leadership Banquet on Thursday, April 16.  NASA was awarded the March Student Organization of the Month.  They were provided pizza and cake on Thursday, April 23. 

CNAS Luncheon was on Friday, April 17.

The NMU AISES Chapter coordinated with Violet Friisvall-Ayres' NAS 310 class to bring in Earth Day guest speaker, Jerry Jondreau on Wednesday, April 22.  See Forestry Management and Cultural Sustainability Poster.  See photo highlights at W15 Earth Day Speaker, Jerry Jondreau

The Decolonizing Diet Project had a reunion dinner on Sunday, April 26 at Nancy Irish's home.  See photo highlights at W15 DDP Dinner

Students in the NAS 488 Academic Service Learning class presented on their semester projects Thursday, April 30. 

 

Fall 2014

NMU Fall Fest took place on Monday, August 25.  The CNAS and Native American Student Association (NASA) shared a booth.  

CNAS Open House on Wednesday, August 27 from noon to 2pm. The McNair Scholars Program provided information for students. 

NASA meetings began on Wednesday, September 2. 

TEK Day Camp on Saturday - Sunday, September 27-28. ABC 10 and TV6 News were on hand to cover the news story. 

UNITED Conference: Dr. Jill Doerfler, Dr. Martin Reinhardt and Tom Biron, and Rabbit Island Exhibit

First Nations Food Taster took place on Friday, November 7 at the D.J. Jacobetti Complex.  See photo highlights at F14 FNFT.  See other Native American Heritage Month events at this site:  F14 NAHM flyer

Gaa-bi-aasibwi-taage-jig "Those Who Stood With Us" Celebration - took place on Thursday, November 13. A farewell celebration in honor of three retiring faculty members who played a special role in Native American Studies.  

Annual AISES Conference took place on November 12-16.  Four NMU AISES students attended the national conference in Orlando, Florida with support from various departments on campus.  These four also presented on their trip on December 2. 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2014

April Lindala was recognized in the Friday, June 13, 2014 edition of the CAMPUS newsletter.  April presented and was part of a panel at the Native American Indigenous Studies Association annual meeting in Austin, Texas. 

Great Lakes Traditional Pow wow on June 21.  April Lindala attended the Hannahville pow wow along with students from the Northern's English Language Institute (NELI).

In the Footsteps of Custer:  Skins Project Summer 2014 on Monday, July 7.  First Nations artist, Christopher Olszewski visited NMU on his journey to retrace the steps of General George Custer.  CNAS and the DeVos Art Museum collaborated on this event. See the DeVos Art Museum E-Newsletter.

Mikwendaagozi Project on Friday, July 11.  The Oasis Gallery in downtown Marquette showcased the original painting for the Presque Isle Park sign as well as the students' photographs taken while participating in Mikwendaagozi - To Be Remembered.  Kristine Granger, NMU faculty, taught the students the art of photography last summer. 

 

 

Winter 2014

Dr. Taiaiake Alfred, January 29.  Video-conference discussing the concept of Indigenous resurgence.  Watch the Dr. Taiaiake Alfred video link.  See the Dr. Taiaiake Alfred poster

Don McGehee presented on February 17.  Mr. McGehee visited the NAS 288 Politics of Indian Gaming to discuss the gaming compact negotiations.  See McGehee Visit for photo highlights

Indigenous Earth Issues Summit, February 21. 

21st annual "Learning to Walk Together" Traditional Pow wow, March 15.  

Advancing Diversity at NMU, March 26.  Discussion with Dr. Mordean Taylor-Archer.  Co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the AAUP. See Dr. Taylor-Archer photo highlights. 

Dr. Phil Bellfy's presentation on Three Fires Unity, March 31.  Dr. Bellfy presented on the cross-border history of the Anishinaabeg.  He gave a brief history of the borderline between the U.S. and Canada and how it came to be today.  His entire presentation is available at this link  2014 Bellfy Presentation.  See the Phil Bellfy Poster

Native American Service Learning Partnership Institute, April 3-4. 

Grace Chaillier was recognized in the May 1, 2014 CAMPUS newsletter for her presentation "Indigenizing Accreditation Outcomes in Two Red Pedagogy College Courses" at the Native American Literature Symposium.  

 

Fall 2013

Diabetes Talking Circle, Friday, November 22. Raeanne Madison, Ojibwa, founder of All My Relations Diabetes Connection, led a talking circle for all who are touched by diabetes. 

First Nations Food Taster, Friday, November 8. 

Week of Indigenous Eating, Nov 1-8.

Kay Branch presentation, October 23. 

See the Nov 8 issue of the NMU Campus Newsletter for April Lindala and Shirley Brozzo presentations. 

Brian Frejo, Guest Performer for Indigenous People's Resistance Day, October 14.   

Skill Builder! Workshop with Brian Frejo took place on October 13.   

DDP Crabapple Sauce and Vinegar Cooking Demonstration on October 12.

Michigan Department of Civil Rights Luncheon on October 1.  MDCR celebrates 50 years of service by visiting communities. 

Presque Isle Sign Dedication on September 30.

UNITED Conference September 22-26.  Chris Pappan, Shirley Brozzo, Martin Reinhardt presented.

CNAS Open House on September 10. 

 

 

Summer 2013

 

MDOT Meeting - to discuss possible initiatives on ecology and scenic byways projects.  

Mikwendaagozi - a photography project to document the painting of the new Presque Isle Park sign. 

View the May 3 edition of the NMU Campus Newsletter to see news of April Lindala's publication, Grace Chaillier's presentation, and Martin Reinhardt's re-assigned time. 

 

Winter 2013

Idle No More March and Rally - Jan 11

Precious Knowledge with Erin McGinnis - Jan 24

Bay Mills Community College student visit on Feb 7

DDP Gathering - Feb 23

Ken Van Zile -  NAS 342 Indigenous Environmental Movements guest speaker on March 11

Indigenous Foods Cook-Off - Mar 16

DDP Health Checks - Mar 19 & Mar 20

DDP End-of-Year Celebration - Mar 24

CNAS Faculty Retreat - Mar 29

NAS 310 field trip to KBIC Natural Resources Department - Apr 3

2013 Hide Tanning Workshop with Judy Van Zile - April 5-7

 

 

 

Fall 2012

McNair and CNAS Open House/Recruitment 

Wild Rice Camp

UNITED Conference

President Haynes Visits CNAS

DDP Cooking Demonstration - Sept 29 and Oct 27

DDP Health Checks - Oct 2-3 and Dec 11-12

Mini Wild Rice Camp - canceled

Bioneer Conference

Sam Musqua - rescheduled for November

Native American Heritage Month Events:

DDP - six-month overview
Quill on Birch Bark Trivets with Elizabeth Kimewon
DDP - a mini-challenge
Bobby Bullet
First Nations Films and Foods:  "Good Meat" and "My Big Fat Diet"
Joseph Bruchac Presentations
First Nations Food Taster
Film:  "The Business of Fancy Dancing"
DDP - Panel Presentation
Workshop:  Making Dishbags
Films:  "Skins" and "Smoke Signals"
Sam Musqua - canceled 
Workshop:  Beading
DDP - the Female Perspective
CNAS Staff Luncheon
 

DDP Gathering - Dec 9

DDP Board of Trustees Dinner

 

 

Summer 2012

DDP - Visit with University of Michigan Ethnobotany Class taught by Dr. Scott Herron.  See the DDP Blog for more information. 

 

CLANS Project

 

 

 

Winter 2012

Seventh Fire Project

 

20th Annual Learning To Walk Together Pow wow

 

Decolonizing Diet Project - On Sunday, March 25, 2012, twenty-five research subjects began a year-long project of eating indigenous foods from the Great Lakes Region (see DDP Informational Flyer).  Dr. Martin Reinhardt, Principal Investigator and research subject, was awarded a Faculty Research Grant to fund this project (see Faculty Research Grant announcement) .  The NMU Internal Review Board approved this academic research project - Project #HS11-415.    

 

K*C*P Visiting Professor, Dr. Scott Herron, an ethnobotanist from Ferris State University, came to NMU from April 11-13th.  He visited the NAS classrooms, provided a community presentation entitled "Endangered Foods, Lost Diets, and Securing our Earth Mother's Gifts" (See Dr. Scott Herron video link) , presented at the Decolonizing Diet Project gathering, and participated in the Kinomaagewin-Aki - Teachings from the Earth at the Hannahville Indian Community.   

 

 

 

Ada Deer, Menominee, May Commencement Speaker.  (See the NMU Announcement She received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the sociology and social work department.    Read about Ada Deer's remarkable background in politics and as an Indian rights activist at the  Wisconsin Historical Society website.  During Ada's visit to NMU, the Center invited the Native community to a welcoming reception.  See photo highlights of Ada's reception at W12 Graduation with Ada Deer.    

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2011

Warrior Games, a traditional Anishinaabe life skills game, was taught during the Welcome Weekend.  Participants were taught the importance of this traditional game.  They were provided basic skills before going to the nearby woods to play the game. 

 

Wild Rice Camp was held on September 9-11 at Lac Vieux Desert (see poster) pow wow grounds.  The Center for Native American Studies provided rides for NMU students. Participants learned the steps involved in harvesting and processing wild rice.  Everyone had chance to make tools needed for each step, including knocking sticks, push pole, and stir paddle.   

 

U.P. Indian Education Conference took place on Friday, September 30 at the Don H.  Bottum University Center.  The conference focus was suicide prevention.  The Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians' STAY (Sault Tribe Alive Youth) Project provided QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training.  Dr. Teresa LaFromboise was another workshop presenter and the keynote speaker for the conference.  Dr. LaFromboise is the author of the American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum, designed to reduce suicidal thinking and behavior.  See the News Release and Photo highlights.  
 

Remembering the Songs.  Six presenters from the HeartLines Project provided music and poetry to the NMU community.  The evening began with the world premiere of their film "Remembering the Songs".  See Photo highlights and listen to Julie Cajune's interview with Sunny 101.9. 
 

Native American Heritage Month Activities

Jim St. Arnold, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, presentation on Wednesday, November 2.

Films:  "Barking Water" and "Older Than America". 

Digging Roots workshop and concert.  Hosted by NMU International Performing Arts Series.  

Making Wild Rice Sticks with Roger LaBine.  Hosted by the NMU Beaumier Center's Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival.

 

The 11th annual First Nations Food Taster was held on Friday, November 4 at the D.J.Jacobetti Complex.  

 

Decolonizing Diet Project informational meetings

Voice on the Water:  Great Lakes Native America Now public reading. 

 

 

Summer 2011
 

The STEM Summer Youth Program took place June 20 to July 1.  Forty 7th and 8th grade middle-school students traveled from New Mexico, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Montana to participate in leadership and team-building activities at Camp Nesbit, the Fish Derby at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and on the campus of NMU. 

 

Alaskan Visitors

The National Indian Youth Leadership Program (NIYLP) and Anji-Akiing Summer Youth Program was held on July 25 to July 31. 

 

 

Winter 2011

A Panel Discussion on Indian Gaming was held in Mead Auditorium on April 13.  Panelists included Dr. Steven Light, Dr. Kathryn Rand, Aaron Payment, and Michael Sawruck.  This event was made possible by the NMU Center for Native American Studies, College of Arts & Science, and Political Science Department.  View photo highlights.  View the complete presentation at the Video Link

 

The 19th annual Learning to Walk Together Traditional Pow wow took place on Saturday, March 12. 

College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy held its campus visit on March 31-April 2.  Native American high school students participated in health related workshops at NMU campus and at Bay Cliff Health camp. 

 

Lois Beardslee shared her knowledge and experience with birchbark biting.  She visited various classrooms and presented in an open forum to discuss her books. 


 

Indigenous Earth Issues Summit - took place Friday, March 25 in Whitman Hall. 

 

NASEI Events
Hide-Tanning in Watersmeet

Wild Rice Harvesting Camp at Lac Vieux Desert

Smoked Fish

Beading Workshop

Making Fish Nets

Making Rawhide Rattles

Birchbark Biting Workshop

Sweetgrass Basket Workshop

 

 

Fall 2010


The College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy keynote speaker was Dr. Jessica Rickert. She presented on Friday at the Mead Auditorium. Her presentation was entitled "Friendship Begins with a Single Smile".  To learn more about Dr. Rickert, visit her website. 

 

Upper Peninsula Indian Education Conference took place on Sept 13.  This conference is designed for those who work with American Indian students, those who teach about American Indians, or those who simply want to learn more about American Indians.  Keynote speakers were McClellan Hall and Keith Secola. 


Summer 2010

S.T.E.M. Summer Program 2010
The American Indian Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Program Camp  went  well for our campers. They enjoyed many outdoor activities as well as workshops and crafts at Lake Nesbit & Northern Michigan University.
For more information please click here
STEM Camp Highlights

National Indian Youth Leadership Program (NIYLP) Camp 2010

National Indian Youth Leadership Project summer camp for middle school students is sponsored by Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the Center for Native American Studies. A five day summer program at Camp Nesbit in the Ottawa National Forest.
Leadership Camp Highlights

 

Winter 2010

Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works and Academic Service Learning was presented on April 15. Brother and sister, Leora and Levi Tadgerson presented on the Zaagkii Project. Highlights here

Violence Prevention Educator, Paul Kivel, presented a workshop on Monday the 12th of April. Topics included Teaching for Community and Justice and Taking action for community and Justice in and out of the classroom.Highlights here

3rd Annual Indigenous Earth Summit Issues
Indigenous activists from across Turtle Island gathered on NMU campus to offer their skills and knowledge on how to effect change for Mother Earth.  The Summit took place on April 5. For this years 2010 photo highlights and video highlights plus past highlights click here.

18th annual "Learning to Walk Together" Pow Wow
The Native American Student Association proudly presented their one-day traditional pow wow on  Saturday, March 13 at the Vandament Arena. Highlights

Don Burnstick Highlights

 

Indigenous Language Teacher Training Workshop
Dr. S. Neyooxet Greymorning was on campus for a three-day intensive teacher training workshop and public presentation from Feb 18-20.  He discussed some of the counter productive issues, politics and successes that came with work of Indigenous language revitalization. Picture highlights can be viewed here

 

Fall 2009

Richie Plass presentation on stereotyping. 
For picture highlights click here. To view presentation in its entirety click here.

 

College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy - October Visit

Medicine Wheel Photo Gallery
Medicine Wheel Video Gallery
 

Cultural Diversity and Sensitivity of the Native American Community
Held in three separate events.  The first event was with Richie Plass (see highlights above).

The second event was Show Me the Money: The Tiny Warrior’s Path to Financial Success, with D.J. Vanas and teachers of 6-12 grades leading students in activities on how to take the Tiny Warrior’s path to financial success through entrepreneurship and market economics.  Highlights.

The third event was The 13th annual U.P. Indian Education Conference with keynote presenters Maheengun and Bernadette Shawanda of the Great Lakes Cultural Camps.

Basket weaving with Kelly Church

Kelly Church provided workshops on two separate occasions.  April picture  highlights.  September picture highlights.

 

Fall 2008

  • Center for Native American Studies Open House
  • U.P. Indian Education Conference
  • United Conference
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Joanne Shenandoah performance

 

 

Summer 2008

 

Winter 2008

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