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Friday, August 26. The NMU Center for Native American Studies and Sault Tribe Community Health hosted a workshop on the cultural uses of asemaa (tobacco) and other sacred medicines. The workshop was facilitated by Greg Johnson and Leon Valliere at the NMU hoop house and Whitman Commons. See photo highlights at the CNAS Flickr website: F16 Semaa Workshop.
Monday, August 29. Center for Native American Studies and the McNair Scholars Program hosted a Fall 2016 Open House in the Whitman Hall Commons, NMU. Students were invited to meet faculty and staff of CNAS and learn about the McNair Scholars Program.
Wednesday, August 31. The Native American Student Association held their first meeting of the year. For more information contact Trevor Marquardt, firstname.lastname@example.org, NASA President.
Thursday, September 1. The American Indian Science and Engineering Society held their first meeting of the year. For more information contact, Daabii Reinhardt, email@example.com, AISES President.
Friday, September 2. The CNAS and Sault Tribe Community Health partnered to host a Manoomin (Wild Rice) Workshop with Roger LaBine and Charlie Fox at the former McDonald School in Gwinn, MI.
Friday, September 9. The CNAS and Sault Tribe Community Health partnered to host a Decolonizing Diet Project Cooking Demo with Leora Lancaster, April Lindala, and Dr. Martin Reinhardt at the Sault Tribe Health Center in Munising MI.
Thursday, September 15. The CNAS and Sault Tribe Community Health partnered to host a DDP Cattail Harvest Walk to gather cattails with Dr. Martin Reinhardt.
September 21. Tribal Law and Economic Development with NMU alum Jana Simmons at the Whitman Hall Commons, NMU.
September 24. Olsen Library Exhibit, “Native Treaties, Shared Rights”
September 25. Film: Finding Dawn at the Whitman Hall Commons, NMU.
September 26. Art of Peace exhibit at the DeVos Art Museum with artist Elizabeth Doxator.
September 26. One Book One Community Disussion, The Round House by Louise Erdrich
CNAS awarded a grant for women in STEM fields
October 10. Indigenous Peoples' Day NASA members faculty drummed and passed out information about Christopher Columbus and Indigenous Peoples’ at the Academic Mall, NMU Campus.
November 4. 16th annual First Nations Food Taster at the D.J. Jacobetti Complex, NMU Campus
November 5. Moccasin Making workshop with Ojibwe artist Greg “biskakone” Johnson at the Whitman Hall Commons, NMU.
November 12. Moccasin Making workshop with Ojibwe artist Greg “biskakone” Johnson at the Whitman Hall Commons, NMU.
November 6. Mino-Bimaadiziwin “The Good Way of Life”: An Anishinaabe Cultural Event and Experience, an academic service learning project with NAS204 and UN100 students at the Marquette Senior High School.
November 13-19. 6th annual ‘Rock Your Mocs’ for Native American Heritage Month.
November 15. Film: Smoke Signals in honor of Native American Heritage Month in Whitman Hall Commons, NMU Campus.
November 18. Gift of Water Beading Workshop with visiting Oneida artist Karen Ann Hoffman at Whitman Hall, NMU Campus.
November 18. Woodland Sky Dance Company at the Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU Campus.
November 29. Art of Peace talk with Robert Brown, an Oneida Faithkeeper, at the DeVos Art Museum, NMU.
January 18. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr March for Equality
February 3- March 17. Presentation of Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness in the Lydia M. Olson Library on NMU campus.
February 16. NASA holds a fundraiser at Hudson's restaurant.
February 17. Students in NAS 488 Native American Service Learning Project attend ASL recognition dinner.
February 18. As part of the Native Voices presentation, the Olson Library will host A Lifetime of Native American Health Panel Discussion at 4pm.
Feb 21-23. High School Students from East Jordan visit NMU campus.
February 23. CNAS hosts a Mid-winter Open House. Chat with NAS faculty and staff to learn about the Center or to learn more about the NAS major. Representatives from Academic and Career Advisement, financial aid, and registrar's offices will also be on hand.
March 8. The Lydia M. Olson Library will host the book release of the Decolonizing Diet Project Cookbook.
March 11. Keith Secola performs in Concert.
March 12. NASA hosts the 23rd annual "Learning to Walk Together" Traditional Pow wow.
April 7. Celebration of Student Research, Creative Work, and Academic Service Learning Jamrich Hall, NMU Campus.
April 8. NAS288 Vegas Fun Night Fundraiser proceeds went to the support of a scholarship fund for NMU students majoring in Native American Studies. Held at Whitman Hall Commons, NMU Campus.
May 8. Wild Leek Harvesting Workshop lead by Nancy Irish and Leroa Lancaster at the Dukes woods in Skandia.
August 24. NMU Fall Fest CNAS and the three student organizations (AISES, NALCC, and NASA) took part in this annual event.
September 16. Settler colonialism in the “promised lands” a conversation with Miko Peled and Dr. Martin Reinhardt in the Mead Auditorium-West Science Building, NMU Campus.
September 23. Karen Ann Hoffman, Oneida bead artist speaks at the 10th annual UNITED Conference at NMU.
September 23. Dr. Martin Reinhardt, presented on Educational Provisions in American Indian Treaties at the 10th annual UNITED Conference at NMU.
October 2. Skill builder, "Spirit Seeds: An Intro to Great Lakes Tribal Peoples through Beadwork” with April Lindala in Whitman Hall, NMU Campus.
October 12. Indigenous People's Day Native American Student Association brings petition to ASNMU.
October 25-29. Center for Native American Studies Elder in Residence Warren Petoskey visits NMU Campus and NAS classes.
October 29. Moccasin Game Demo with Dr. Martin Reinhardt in Jamrich Hall, NMU Campus.
Native American Studies Major approved for Fall of 2016!
November 2. Indigenous Art: Past and Present with speakers April Lindala and Leroa Lancaster at the DeVos Art Museum, NMU Campus.
November6. 15th annual First Nations Food Taster at the D.J. Jacobetti Complex, NMU Campus.
November 8-15. 5th annual Rock Your Mocs for Native American Heritage Month.
November 12. Film: Our Fires Still Burn with director Audrey Geyer in Whitman Hall Commons, NMU Campus.
November 13. Group trip to Green Bay Wisconsin to visit the Neville Museum with beadwork artist Karen Ann Hoffman.
November 16-17. Suttons Bay Students Visit NMU Campus and Center for Native American Studies.
November 16. Film: Christmas in the Clouds in honor of Native American Heritage Month in Whitman Hall Commons, NMU Campus
November 17. Film: Smoke Signals in honor of Native American Heritage Month in Whitman Hall Commons, NMU Campus.
November 17. NAS 204 class presentation, “Pocahontas: What’s Real and What’s Disney?” located at Mead Auditorium-West Science, NMU Campus.
November 19. Pre-Colonization Diet and Indigenous Foods presentation with Dr. Martin Reinhardt at the Beaumier Center, 105 Cohodas Hall, NMU Campus.
June 1. Promotion Gathering and Going Away Bash for CNAS faculty
June 15-18. Martin Reinhardt and April Lindala attend SAIGE Conference
Congratulations to our CNAS faculty on their promotion!
Dr. Martin Reinhardt - earned tenure and promoted to Associate Professor
Shirley Brozzo - promoted to Contingent Professor
Grace Chaillier - promoted to Contingent Associate Professor
Baamaapii to Aimee Cree Dunn! She'll be attending Montana State University in the fall to pursue a doctoral degree.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 19. CNAS faculty, staff, and students participated in the March for Equality walk to the University Center where presentations took place.
"Braiding Sweetgrass" Book Launch took place on Friday, January 23. NMU students were able to get a free copy of the book, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
"Lies My Teacher Told Me" author, Dr. James Loewen presented on Wednesday, January 28. See W15 Loewen Poster. Listen to the Sunny FM interviews Dr. Loewen with Walt Lindala. See photo highlights of the 11am Loewen Presentation or the 4pm Loewen Presentation
DDP presentation at the Indigenous Farming Conference in Callaway, Minnesota from March 5-March 8. Also presented at the Leech Lake Tribal College.
Cheryl Minnema, author of Hungry Johnny, visited NMU on Monday, March 16 - Wednesday, March 18. Cheryl visited classrooms, read her book at the Olson Library, and on Wednesday, Cheryl conducted a beading workshop. See photo highlights W15 Cheryl Minnema.
Elizabeth and Leonard Kimewon visited NMU as our first Elders-in-Residence from Tuesday, March 17 until Friday, March 20. They visited classrooms and Elizabeth conducted a birchbark and quill workshop on Friday. See photo highlights at W15 Elders in Residence.
Field trip on Saturday, March 21 to the KBIC Sugar Bush (see photo highlights W15 KBIC Sugar Bush) for the NAS 101, NAS 310, and NAS 488 students. NAS 101 students had another opportunity to visit the Tadgerson sugar camp on Tuesday, March 24.
The Diversity Common Reader Program hosted four Braiding Sweetgrass discussions with NMU faculty in March. See W15 Braiding Sweetgrass poster for details.
Braiding Sweetgrass author, Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer visited NMU on March 30-31 as part of the Diversity Common Reader Program. See DCRP poster for details. See photo highlights at W15 Robin Wall Kimmerer.
On Thursday, April 9, the NMU AISES Chapter hosted Rich Sgarlotti for a presentation on Ethno-mathematics.
Dr. Martin Reinhardt's NAS 488 Native American Service Learning Project hosted the Superior Alliance for Independent Living's book club. See photo highlights at W15 NAS 488 hosts SAIL.
Dr. Lisa Poupart and four students presented three times on campus on April 13. See W15 Lisa Poupart flyer. See photo highlights at W15 Dr. Lisa Poupart. Watch the 7pm presentation at the MediaSite Live link: Dr. Lisa Poupart.
NAS 310 field trip to KBIC on Wednesday, April 15. See photo highlights at W15 NAS 310 Visit KBIC
NASA and AISES attended the Student Leadership Banquet on Thursday, April 16. NASA was awarded the March Student Organization of the Month. They were provided pizza and cake on Thursday, April 23.
CNAS Luncheon was on Friday, April 17.
The NMU AISES Chapter coordinated with Violet Friisvall-Ayres' NAS 310 class to bring in Earth Day guest speaker, Jerry Jondreau on Wednesday, April 22. See Forestry Management and Cultural Sustainability Poster. See photo highlights at W15 Earth Day Speaker, Jerry Jondreau.
The Decolonizing Diet Project had a reunion dinner on Sunday, April 26 at Nancy Irish's home. See photo highlights at W15 DDP Dinner
Students in the NAS 488 Academic Service Learning class presented on their semester projects Thursday, April 30.
NMU Fall Fest took place on Monday, August 25. The CNAS and Native American Student Association (NASA) shared a booth.
NASA meetings began on Wednesday, September 2.
UNITED Conference: Dr. Jill Doerfler, Dr. Martin Reinhardt and Tom Biron, and Rabbit Island Exhibit
First Nations Food Taster took place on Friday, November 7 at the D.J. Jacobetti Complex. See photo highlights at F14 FNFT. See other Native American Heritage Month events at this site: F14 NAHM flyer
Gaa-bi-aasibwi-taage-jig "Those Who Stood With Us" Celebration - took place on Thursday, November 13. A farewell celebration in honor of three retiring faculty members who played a special role in Native American Studies.
Annual AISES Conference took place on November 12-16. Four NMU AISES students attended the national conference in Orlando, Florida with support from various departments on campus. These four also presented on their trip on December 2.
April Lindala was recognized in the Friday, June 13, 2014 edition of the CAMPUS newsletter. April presented and was part of a panel at the Native American Indigenous Studies Association annual meeting in Austin, Texas.
Great Lakes Traditional Pow wow on June 21. April Lindala attended the Hannahville pow wow along with students from the Northern's English Language Institute (NELI).
In the Footsteps of Custer: Skins Project Summer 2014 on Monday, July 7. First Nations artist, Christopher Olszewski visited NMU on his journey to retrace the steps of General George Custer. CNAS and the DeVos Art Museum collaborated on this event. See the DeVos Art Museum E-Newsletter.
Mikwendaagozi Project on Friday, July 11. The Oasis Gallery in downtown Marquette showcased the original painting for the Presque Isle Park sign as well as the students' photographs taken while participating in Mikwendaagozi - To Be Remembered. Kristine Granger, NMU faculty, taught the students the art of photography last summer.
Don McGehee presented on February 17. Mr. McGehee visited the NAS 288 Politics of Indian Gaming to discuss the gaming compact negotiations. See McGehee Visit for photo highlights
Indigenous Earth Issues Summit, February 21.
21st annual "Learning to Walk Together" Traditional Pow wow, March 15.
Advancing Diversity at NMU, March 26. Discussion with Dr. Mordean Taylor-Archer. Co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the AAUP. See Dr. Taylor-Archer photo highlights.
Dr. Phil Bellfy's presentation on Three Fires Unity, March 31. Dr. Bellfy presented on the cross-border history of the Anishinaabeg. He gave a brief history of the borderline between the U.S. and Canada and how it came to be today. His entire presentation is available at this link 2014 Bellfy Presentation. See the Phil Bellfy Poster.
Native American Service Learning Partnership Institute, April 3-4.
Grace Chaillier was recognized in the May 1, 2014 CAMPUS newsletter for her presentation "Indigenizing Accreditation Outcomes in Two Red Pedagogy College Courses" at the Native American Literature Symposium.
Diabetes Talking Circle, Friday, November 22. Raeanne Madison, Ojibwa, founder of All My Relations Diabetes Connection, led a talking circle for all who are touched by diabetes.
First Nations Food Taster, Friday, November 8.
Week of Indigenous Eating, Nov 1-8.
Kay Branch presentation, October 23.
See the Nov 8 issue of the NMU Campus Newsletter for April Lindala and Shirley Brozzo presentations.
Brian Frejo, Guest Performer for Indigenous People's Resistance Day, October 14.
Skill Builder! Workshop with Brian Frejo took place on October 13.
DDP Crabapple Sauce and Vinegar Cooking Demonstration on October 12.
Michigan Department of Civil Rights Luncheon on October 1. MDCR celebrates 50 years of service by visiting communities.
Presque Isle Sign Dedication on September 30.
UNITED Conference September 22-26. Chris Pappan, Shirley Brozzo, Martin Reinhardt presented.
CNAS Open House on September 10.
MDOT Meeting - to discuss possible initiatives on ecology and scenic byways projects.
Mikwendaagozi - a photography project to document the painting of the new Presque Isle Park sign.
View the May 3 edition of the NMU Campus Newsletter to see news of April Lindala's publication, Grace Chaillier's presentation, and Martin Reinhardt's re-assigned time.
Idle No More March and Rally - Jan 11
Precious Knowledge with Erin McGinnis - Jan 24
Bay Mills Community College student visit on Feb 7
DDP Gathering - Feb 23
Indigenous Foods Cook-Off - Mar 16
DDP Health Checks - Mar 19 & Mar 20
DDP End-of-Year Celebration - Mar 24
CNAS Faculty Retreat - Mar 29
NAS 310 field trip to KBIC Natural Resources Department - Apr 3
2013 Hide Tanning Workshop with Judy Van Zile - April 5-7
McNair and CNAS Open House/Recruitment
Wild Rice Camp
President Haynes Visits CNAS
DDP Cooking Demonstration - Sept 29 and Oct 27
DDP Health Checks - Oct 2-3 and Dec 11-12
Mini Wild Rice Camp - canceled
Sam Musqua - rescheduled for November
Native American Heritage Month Events:
DDP - six-month overview
Quill on Birch Bark Trivets with Elizabeth Kimewon
DDP - a mini-challenge
First Nations Films and Foods: "Good Meat" and "My Big Fat Diet"
Joseph Bruchac Presentations
First Nations Food Taster
Film: "The Business of Fancy Dancing"
DDP - Panel Presentation
Workshop: Making Dishbags
Films: "Skins" and "Smoke Signals"
Sam Musqua - canceled
DDP - the Female Perspective
CNAS Staff Luncheon
DDP Gathering - Dec 9
DDP Board of Trustees Dinner
DDP - Visit with University of Michigan Ethnobotany Class taught by Dr. Scott Herron. See the DDP Blog for more information.
Decolonizing Diet Project - On Sunday, March 25, 2012, twenty-five research subjects began a year-long project of eating indigenous foods from the Great Lakes Region (see DDP Informational Flyer). Dr. Martin Reinhardt, Principal Investigator and research subject, was awarded a Faculty Research Grant to fund this project (see Faculty Research Grant announcement) . The NMU Internal Review Board approved this academic research project - Project #HS11-415.
K*C*P Visiting Professor, Dr. Scott Herron, an ethnobotanist from Ferris State University, came to NMU from April 11-13th. He visited the NAS classrooms, provided a community presentation entitled "Endangered Foods, Lost Diets, and Securing our Earth Mother's Gifts" (See Dr. Scott Herron video link) , presented at the Decolonizing Diet Project gathering, and participated in the Kinomaagewin-Aki - Teachings from the Earth at the Hannahville Indian Community.
Ada Deer, Menominee, May Commencement Speaker. (See the NMU Announcement) She received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the sociology and social work department. Read about Ada Deer's remarkable background in politics and as an Indian rights activist at the Wisconsin Historical Society website. During Ada's visit to NMU, the Center invited the Native community to a welcoming reception. See photo highlights of Ada's reception at W12 Graduation with Ada Deer.
Warrior Games, a traditional Anishinaabe life skills game, was taught during the Welcome Weekend. Participants were taught the importance of this traditional game. They were provided basic skills before going to the nearby woods to play the game.
Wild Rice Camp was held on September 9-11 at Lac Vieux Desert (see poster) pow wow grounds. The Center for Native American Studies provided rides for NMU students. Participants learned the steps involved in harvesting and processing wild rice. Everyone had chance to make tools needed for each step, including knocking sticks, push pole, and stir paddle.
U.P. Indian Education Conference took place on Friday, September 30 at the Don H. Bottum University Center. The conference focus was suicide prevention. The Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians' STAY (Sault Tribe Alive Youth) Project provided QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training. Dr. Teresa LaFromboise was another workshop presenter and the keynote speaker for the conference. Dr. LaFromboise is the author of the American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum, designed to reduce suicidal thinking and behavior. See the News Release and Photo highlights.
Remembering the Songs. Six presenters from the HeartLines Project provided music and poetry to the NMU community. The evening began with the world premiere of their film "Remembering the Songs". See Photo highlights and listen to Julie Cajune's interview with Sunny 101.9.
Native American Heritage Month Activities
Jim St. Arnold, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, presentation on Wednesday, November 2.
Films: "Barking Water" and "Older Than America".
Digging Roots workshop and concert. Hosted by NMU International Performing Arts Series.
Making Wild Rice Sticks with Roger LaBine. Hosted by the NMU Beaumier Center's Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival.
The 11th annual First Nations Food Taster was held on Friday, November 4 at the D.J.Jacobetti Complex.
Decolonizing Diet Project informational meetings
Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now public reading.
The STEM Summer Youth Program took place June 20 to July 1. Forty 7th and 8th grade middle-school students traveled from New Mexico, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Montana to participate in leadership and team-building activities at Camp Nesbit, the Fish Derby at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and on the campus of NMU.
The National Indian Youth Leadership Program (NIYLP) and Anji-Akiing Summer Youth Program was held on July 25 to July 31.
Winter 2011A Panel Discussion on Indian Gaming was held in Mead Auditorium on April 13. Panelists included Dr. Steven Light, Dr. Kathryn Rand, Aaron Payment, and Michael Sawruck. This event was made possible by the NMU Center for Native American Studies, College of Arts & Science, and Political Science Department. View photo highlights. View the complete presentation at the Video Link.
The 19th annual Learning to Walk Together Traditional Pow wow took place on Saturday, March 12.
College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy held its campus visit on March 31-April 2. Native American high school students participated in health related workshops at NMU campus and at Bay Cliff Health camp.
Lois Beardslee shared her knowledge and experience with birchbark biting. She visited various classrooms and presented in an open forum to discuss her books.
Indigenous Earth Issues Summit - took place Friday, March 25 in Whitman Hall.
Hide-Tanning in Watersmeet.
Wild Rice Harvesting Camp at Lac Vieux Desert
Making Fish Nets
Making Rawhide Rattles
Birchbark Biting Workshop
Sweetgrass Basket Workshop
The College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy keynote speaker was Dr. Jessica Rickert. She presented on Friday at the Mead Auditorium. Her presentation was entitled "Friendship Begins with a Single Smile". To learn more about Dr. Rickert, visit her website.
Upper Peninsula Indian Education Conference took place on Sept 13. This conference is designed for those who work with American Indian students, those who teach about American Indians, or those who simply want to learn more about American Indians. Keynote speakers were McClellan Hall and Keith Secola.
S.T.E.M. Summer Program 2010
The American Indian Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Program Camp went well for our campers. They enjoyed many outdoor activities as well as workshops and crafts at Lake Nesbit & Northern Michigan University.
For more information please click here
STEM Camp Highlights
National Indian Youth Leadership Program (NIYLP) Camp 2010
National Indian Youth Leadership Project summer camp for middle school students is sponsored by Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the Center for Native American Studies. A five day summer program at Camp Nesbit in the Ottawa National Forest.
Leadership Camp Highlights
Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works and Academic Service Learning was presented on April 15. Brother and sister, Leora and Levi Tadgerson presented on the Zaagkii Project. Highlights here
Violence Prevention Educator, Paul Kivel, presented a workshop on Monday the 12th of April. Topics included Teaching for Community and Justice and Taking action for community and Justice in and out of the classroom.Highlights here
3rd Annual Indigenous Earth Summit Issues
Indigenous activists from across Turtle Island gathered on NMU campus to offer their skills and knowledge on how to effect change for Mother Earth. The Summit took place on April 5. For this years 2010 photo highlights and video highlights plus past highlights click here.
18th annual "Learning to Walk Together" Pow Wow
The Native American Student Association proudly presented their one-day traditional pow wow on Saturday, March 13 at the Vandament Arena. Highlights
Don Burnstick Highlights
Indigenous Language Teacher Training Workshop
Dr. S. Neyooxet Greymorning was on campus for a three-day intensive teacher training workshop and public presentation from Feb 18-20. He discussed some of the counter productive issues, politics and successes that came with work of Indigenous language revitalization. Picture highlights can be viewed here.
College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy - October Visit
Cultural Diversity and Sensitivity of the Native American Community
Held in three separate events. The first event was with Richie Plass (see highlights above).
The second event was Show Me the Money: The Tiny Warrior’s Path to Financial Success, with D.J. Vanas and teachers of 6-12 grades leading students in activities on how to take the Tiny Warrior’s path to financial success through entrepreneurship and market economics. Highlights.
The third event was The 13th annual U.P. Indian Education Conference with keynote presenters Maheengun and Bernadette Shawanda of the Great Lakes Cultural Camps.
Basket weaving with Kelly Church
- Center for Native American Studies Open House
- U.P. Indian Education Conference
- United Conference
- Native American Heritage Month
- Joanne Shenandoah performance
- Walton Charter Academy visit
- Mother Earth Walter Walk 2008
- NAS 340: Kinomaage - The Earth Shows Us the Way field trips
- Native American Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Program
- Jim Denomie presentation at Finlandia University
- Native art & culture road trip
- NAS 484: Native American Inclusion in the Classroom on Sugar Island
- Annual traditional pow wow
- Karen Ann Hoffman raised bead workshop
- Kenn Pitawanakwat's University of Michigan visit
- Indigenous Earth Day Summit
- Floyd Westerman article written by Mr. Jim Carter, former Editor of Anishinaabe News
- Jeff McRoy's beading workshop
- Peggy Shelifoe's beading workshop