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Dear students and friends,

From what I've been taught, fall is the season on the medicine wheel that is representative of strength. These past couple of weeks have required that strength. Four notable Anishinaabe elders from the Upper Great Lakes region walked on in early August.

Jerome Syrette of Rankin Reserve, Ont
Joyce Maki, Lac du Flambeau, WI
Larry Matrious, Mille Lacs, MN

And our own community's Nellie Madosh (99) from here in Marquette.

These elders have all impacted my life in some way and the lives of many Anishinaabeg within their communities. Caring thoughts go out to the families and communities

As we look back and remember, it is also important to be ready to move forward to embrace new life. Our newest members of the Center for Native American Studies family have made their first appearance. Our best wishes to new mom Aimee Cree Dunn, grandmother Linda and their entire family. Our best wishes also to new mom, Amber Shoulders and new dad, Levi Tadgerson.

For some of you -- coming to NMU may be about starting a new life as well. If that is the case, let us know how we can help. Life here at NMU can be a bit of a maze, but several of us at the Center can help iron some things out if you are uncertain of what your next step might be. There are many programs that the Center is involved with this semester. Please consider volunteering or being part of the action.  Keep an eye out on our Web site for more information.

Monday, September 21 - Upper Peninsula Indian Education Conference
Thur-Sat., October 15-17 - College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy
Monday, November 9 - Financial Fitness Anishinaabe Style
Friday, November 13 - First Nations Food Taster

The Native American Student Association will meet Thursdays at 5 p.m. here at the Center. In the meantime, the Center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Naturally, we still encourage you to visit our resource room. Students can check out books, not only for classes/research, but for your own personal reading list (lots of Native fiction).

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 work very well.