Message from the Director
Dear Students and Friends:
On behalf of the NMU Center for Native American Studies team I welcome everyone else to the Fall 2016 semester. As you can see by the list below, there are several campus activities happening in the first month connected to Native American Studies.
Friday, August 26 from 2-7 pm: The NMU Center for Native American Studies and Sault Tribe Community Health are hosting a workshop on the cultural uses of asemaa (tobacco) and other sacred medicines. The workshop will be facilitated by Greg Johnson and Leon Valliere on at the Center for Native American Studies firesite and NMU hoop house. This workshop is open to the first 25 registrants. Call 906-227-1397 to register or for more information.
Monday, August 29 from 11:30am-1:30pm: The NMU Center for Native American Studies and the McNair Scholars Program are hosting an open house in the Whitman Hall Commons. All are welcome to meet with faculty and staff of these two programs and to learn about the new Native American Studies major as well as opportunities with the McNair Scholars program. Refreshments will be available. Call 906-227-1397 for more information.
Friday, September 2 from 2-7 pm: The NMU Center for Native American Studies and Sault Tribe Community Health are hosting a wild rice harvesting workshop with Roger LaBine and Charlie Fox at the McDonald School in Gwinn. This workshop is open to first 40 registrants. Call 906-227-1397 to register or for more information.
Friday, September 9 from 2-7 pm: The NMU Center for Native American Studies and Sault Tribe Community Health are hosting a Decolonizing Diet Project Cooking Demonstration with Leora Lancaster, April Lindala and Marty Reinhardt at the Sault Tribe Health Clinic in Munising. This workshop is open to the first 25 registrants. Call 906-227-1397 to register or for more information.
Thursday, September 15 from 9:00-noon: The NMU Center for Native American Studies and Sault Tribe Community Health are hosting a Decolonizing Diet Project Harvest Walk with Dr. Martin Reinhardt. This workshop is open to the first 25 registrants. The group will meet at the McDonald School in Gwinn. Call 906-227-1397 to register or for more information.
Wednesday, September 21 from 7-9pm: The NMU Center for Native American Studies, the NMU Center for Rural Community and Economic Development, the NMU Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the NMU Office of the President are hosting a panel discussion entitled, “Tribal Law and Economic Development” with special guests, NMU alumnus and Attorney at Law, Jana Simmons, and former Principal Chief of the Osage Nation, James Gray. The panel discussion will take place at the Whitman Hall Commons. Call the NMU Center for Native American Studies at 906-227-1397 for more information.
Saturday, September 24-October 9, 2016: The NMU Olson Library will be hosting the Central Michigan University Clarke Library’s exhibit entitled, “Native Treaties-Shared Rights.” For more information about the exhibit, contact the NMU Olson Library at 906-227-2117.
Sunday, September 25 at 6 pm: The film, Finding Dawn, will be shown at the Whitman Hall Commons as part of the UNITED Conference. Opening comments will be given by NMU Center for Native American Studies director, April Lindala. This is a free showing of the 2006 documentary film by Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh that investigates the fate of countless Aboriginal women of Canada who have been murdered or have gone missing over the past 30 years. For more information visit the UNITED Conference website at www.nmu.edu/united or call the NMU Center for Native American Studies at 906-227-1397.
Monday, September 26 at 1 pm – A panel discussion of Louise Erdrich’s The Round House will take place as part of the UNITED Conference with panelists Lynn Domina, Amy Hamilton and Patricia Killelea. Author Louise Erdrich is a tribal citizen of Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and her book The Round House won the National Book Award winner for fiction in 2012. It was chosen as this year’s One Book, One Community reading selection. For more information visit the UNITED Conference website at www.nmu.edu/united.
Monday, September 26 at 2 pm – Six Nations artist Elizabeth Doxtater explores the ancient art form of cornhusk dolls to preserve traditional culture and histories while inviting viewers to consider their role in creating peace in the world. The Art of Peace features over 100 cornhusk dolls in two displays: Peacemaker’s Journey and First Council First (Encircles Everything). Doxtater’s artist talk will take place at the DeVos Art Museum. Her displays will be up for the remainder of the fall semester. Generous support provided by the Center for Native American Studies, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, School of Education, Leadership and Public Service, History Department, Academic Information Services and UNITED Conference. Additional support provided by the John X. and June A. Jamrich Endowment.
Monday, September 26 at 7 pm – D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas will be a speaker at the annual UNITED Conference at Northern Michigan University. Vanas will talk about leadership and personal development expert. He is author of The Tiny Warrior: A Path to Personal Discovery and Achievement. This event is sponsored by the NMU Multicultural Education and Resource Center. For more information visit the UNITED Conference website at www.nmu.edu/united or call the Multicultural Education and Resource Center at 906-227-1554.
Wednesday, September 28 at 2 pm – Associate Professor of Native American Studies, Dr. Martin Reinhardt will present “Anishinaabe Treaty Rights: Food and Education” as part of the annual UNITED Conference at Northern Michigan University. The presentation will take place on the main floor of the NMU Olson Library. For more information visit the UNITED Conference website at www.nmu.edu/united or call the NMU Center for Native American Studies at 906-227-1397.
In the area of academics and research, Native American Studies at NMU offers the following:
- The only baccalaureate degree in Native American Studies in the state of Michigan,
- over 25 courses in the discipline of Native American studies (NAS),
- curriculum for the general university studies associate degree with a concentration in Native American Studies,
- a twenty-four credit inter-disciplinary minor,
- a TEDNA endorsed undergraduate certification in American Indian education,
- a TEDNA endorsed concentration of online courses towards a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration,
- several courses that fulfill liberal studies and the world cultures requirements,
- a resource room filled with books, articles, films and more, and
- an outdoor fire site for NAS classroom visits (other NMU classes, student organizations and community organizations can reserve the fire site by calling 906-227-1397).
The Center also strives to keep students and community members informed about items relevant to Native American Studies including internship opportunities, scholarships and grants, conferences and cultural events, language lessons and news bits. Be sure to also visit the NMU Center for Native American Studies on Facebook, Twitter [@NMU_CNAS] and Flickr. Listen to Public Radio 90 [WNMU-FM] Fridays for Anishinaabe Radio News, a weekly program with insights to Native American Studies and news from Indian Country.
The NMU Center for Native American Studies is located in 112 Whitman Hall at the corner of Norway Street and Fair Avenue in Marquette, Michigan. The Center is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday ET. We hope you will visit us soon.
April E. Lindala, NMU Alum '97, '03, '06
Director of the NMU Center for Native American Studies
Associate Professor of English
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