Message from the Director
Fall 2008


The fall colors are starting to gently push aside the green summer leaves. Soon those branches will be thin holding strips of snow and ice. I hope that your fall semester is going well. This is an exciting time of year, full of energy and spirit and PLENTY of things to do.

As it states on our front page, our Center is compared to a braid with three specific strands: academics, student services, community outreach. Our Center is home to a Native American Studies minor. For those of you undecided about the Native American Studies minor, you may be interested to know that I am putting forth a proposal to the Committee for Undergraduate Programs that has significant enhancements to the NAS minor. If you are not sure if an NAS minor will work for you, contact me and I would be happy to sit and chat with you about your possibilities.

Our Center works closely with offices such as the Multicultural Education and Resource Center (MERC), Financial Aid and the Registrar to make sure students are getting the answers they need. We may not have all of the answers, but we know where to find them. Our Center is open from 8 am – 5 p.m. Monday-Fridays. Stop by or make an appointment. Visit our resource room. Students can check out books, not only for classes/research, but for your personal reading list (we have all sorts of Native fiction). The CNAS nice lounge area is for anyone to relax between classes or nibble on lunch.

The Center offers a myriad of events, gatherings, and workshops. Specifically for our community partners in education, we are hosting the 12th annual Upper Peninsula Indian Education Conference on Monday, September 29. Nationally recognized Native presenters, including D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas, will be on hand. Visit this page to learn more about the presenters and topics. This is a free conference and lunch is included. Register today. We could also use volunteers!

The Native American Student Association (NASA) meets weekly at the Center on Mondays at 6 p.m. Get involved in the action. November is Native American Heritage Month. Already on the calendar is the 8th annual First Nations food taster on Friday, November 7. Share your recipes with the entire NMU community! More event ideas are in the works, but we could use your input. Consider being a part of NASA and the Anishinaabe News. Visit our semester highlights page to see photos from a variety of events from last year.

Tickets are on sale now for Grammy-award winning artist, Joanne Shenandoah who will be performing on Saturday, November 8. Sponsored by the International Performing Arts Series, this concert will be held at the Kaufman Auditorium on Front Street in Marquette.

Keep visiting our Web site! We do our best to post information on internship opportunities, scholarships and grants, news about conferences and cultural events, language lessons and news bits from around Indian Country. Do you have news you would like to share? E-mail us at least two weeks prior to your event. PDFs announcing your event work very well.

For those of you still on the tail end of the summer pow wow trail - dance hard and sing loud.

Miigwech,

April