Director's Message

AprilDirectorWe’ve experienced our first snow fall, but it didn’t last long. It is hard to believe that November is upon us (where did the semester go). As always, there are PLENTY of things to do during Native American Heritage Month.

The first week includes two films on Monday, November 3 at Jamrich Hall 102. On Tuesday, November 4, former NMU student Sally Brunk will be reading poetry and original works from her recently published book at 7:30 p.m. in the Whitman Hall Commons (remember to vote first).

A favorite event is the 8th annual First Nations Food Taster on Friday, November 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Center for Native American Studies (112 Whitman) and the Multicultural Education and Resource Center (3001 Hedgcock). Don’t forget your dishbag! And be sure to experience the music of Grammy-award winning artist, Joanne Shenandoah who will performing on Saturday, November 8. Sponsored by the International Performing Arts Series, this concert will be held at the Kaufman Auditorium on the corners of Front Street and Hewitt Street in Marquette. Buy your tickets through NMU Tickets at 906-227-1032.

November not only marks Native American Heritage Month, but also the three-year anniversary of Vine Deloria’s death.  Here is a video clip of him in his younger years. This November also marks the 39th anniversary of the 19-month takeover at Alcatraz; what many believe to be the kick off to the American Indian Civil Rights movement. As always, Public TV 13 has a line up of programs celebrating the month as well. Here is a list of shows you may be interested in.

Our Center is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Fridays. 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 has a nice lounge area is for anyone to relax between classes or nibble on lunch.

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.

If time allows, remember your family and ancestors. Eat a meal in their honor. As we prepare for the winter’s arrival, think about things you could be doing – different from your regular routine. We would love to hear about them.