Message from Director Summer 2008

Message from the Director

The spring/summer sessions have begun.

This quiet part of the academic year allows for us to do some necessary writing, planning, strategizing and (in my case) cleaning. It also gives me time to reflect on the challenges and successes of the past academic year.

The Center was a part of many wonderful events, gatherings, and workshops. The Native American Student Empowerment Initiative hosted several awesome workshops and of course, the Native American Student Association hosted another successful pow wow. Visit our semester highlights page to see photos from a variety of events.

The year came to a close with the Indigenous Earth Day Summit, which took place on April 22 & 23 with an Aboriginal delegation from Australia. For those of you who did not have an opportunity to take part, several of the workshops are available on MediaSite Live.

The summer will keep me busy with several exciting projects.

Once again, I am working with the Hannahville Indian School on their summer youth program which will be visiting NMU June 24 – June 28. For information on the entire programs, visit this page. I plan to visit other youth programs this summer -- such as the language camp hosted by Kenny Pheasant at the end of July and Protectors of the Earth in early August.

Keeping the NAS curriculum updated and fresh is important so I am proposing enhancements to the Native American Studies minor. I have also met with staff from the Office of International Programs to investigate a possible Faculty Led Study Abroad experience to Australia to work with Aboriginal communities.

Speaking of curriculum, if you haven’t already signed up for fall classes, consider taking one of these offerings.

NAS 101 - Anishinaabe Language, Culture and Community
NAS 295 - SPEC TOPICS: American Indian Communities (Dr. Adriana Greci Green)
NAS 310 - Tribal Law and Government (Ms. Violet Friisvall, Associate Judge KBIC)
NAS 330 - Native Cultures and the Dynamics of the Religious Experience (Mr. Jon Magnuson, M.S.W.)

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.

Enjoy your summer. For those of you hitting the pow wow trail - dance hard and sing loud.