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Dear friends,

I’ve heard it before said that the months of spring is represented by a young woman spirit and that she is polite and careful to arrive only when grandfather, who tends to the winter months, is ready to leave. She is very polite this year. Our days are getting longer but the weather does not quite feel like spring. It is nice however, to see the buds on the trees outside of our Center’s window.

The most recent issue of Anishinaabe News is the largest issue yet. So many of you took part in some of our workshops, our gatherings, the language classes or helped plan the annual pow wow…and we sure are grateful. You don’t want to miss this issue to see everything that went on (in fact maybe there is a picture of you!).

By the time you read this, we may have already hosted special guest, Georgina Lightning. She is slated to visit N.M.U. on Saturday, June 6 to show her film “Older Than America.” Please keep visiting this site to see photos from her visit.

June is the time we invite American Indian youth to campus for the annual STEM/National Indian Youth Leadership Project. In cooperation with the Hannahville Indian School, the Center will be host to 40 youth from as far away as northern Minnesota and as close as right here in Marquette. Youth, along with their college mentors, will take part in a number of activities this year during their week-long stay: Physics, Photography, Kinomaage for Kids, Robotics, Clinical Science Workshop, Chemistry Workshop, Reptiles and Amphibians, Anishinaabe Language Games, 3-D Dreamcatchers, Computer programming, Warrior Games and more. We will also be host to three special guests: Joseph Connolly (NASA aerospace engineer), Ron Eglash and Calvin Coolige Pohawpatchoko during this time. After one week on campus, everyone piles in the bus and heads to Camp Nesbit deep in the heart of the Ottawa National Forest for a week of high adventure activities such as an all-day canoe trip, the high ropes course, an obstacle course, as well as more language and culture, and even more Warrior Games. Fun times!

During the summer months, the Center is open from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. However, there is a lot of coming and going with camps, trainings and classes. So please call to make an appointment JUST in case. Naturally, we still encourage you to visit our resource room. Students can check out books, not only for classes/research, but for a summer reading list (lots of Native fiction).

Keep visiting our Web site! We do our best to post information oninternship 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.