Semester Highlights

Spring 2019 

♦ January 24, 2019: Center for Native American Studies and McNair Scholars Program Open House, 12pm - 3pm in the Whitman Hall Commons at NMU.

♦ January 25 and 26, 2019: Porcupine Quill Earring Workshop with Frank Young. Friday (1pm - 6pm) and Saturday (10am - 3pm) in the Whitman Hall Commons at NMU.

♦ February 1 and 2, 2019: Raised Beadwork Barrette Workshop with Jesse Stevens. Friday (1pm - 6pm) and Saturday (10am - 3pm) in the Whitman Hall Commons at NMU.

♦ February 2, 2019: Applique Beadwork Workshop with Thresa Stevens. Saturday (10am - 3pm) in the Whitman Hall Commons at NMU.

♦ February 16, 2019: Annie Humphrey Concert (2018 Native American Music Award Artist of the Year). 7:30 p.m. in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre in the McClintock Building at NMU. Presented by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center. Humphrey's performance is being held in conjunction with the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center's exhibition, Ancestral Women. Local Anishinaabeg music group, Waawiyeyaa, will be performing an opening set. Admission to the concert is $5 for the general public and $1 for students. Tickets will only be sold at the door. More info about Annie Humphrey can be found here.

♦ March 15, 2019: Woodland Sky Dance Company at the Forest Roberts Theatre at NMU! Show starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $5 and available through NMU EZ Tickets. Call 906-227-1032 or visit Follow the event on Facebook! The Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company offers an authentic and colorful theatrical presentation of dance, story, and song. The Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company performs historical and traditional stories that give audiences a visual feast for the eyes as well as memorable songs for the soul. Dancers in full regalia will perform different dance styles -- not often seen at powwows -- including the eagle dance and hoop dance. An onstage narrator will entertain audiences with stories rooted in cultural values and well-seasoned with humor. Woodland Sky is made up of award-winning singers and dancers that span multiple generations making their performance a perfect family event. Singers and dancers in Woodland Sky proudly represent the following tribal nations; Ojibwe, Menominee, Potawatomi, Lakota and Apache. Check out more information here!

♦ March 30, 2019: Mark Your Calendar! NASA's 26th annual "Learning to Walk Together" traditional powwow. Check here for updates.

♦ May 9 and 10, 2019: Native Circle Professional Development Conference. More information coming soon.

The Native American Student Association (NASA) meets: Wednesdays at 5pm in the Whitman Hall Commons

The Native American Beading Club (BYOB - bring your own beads) meets: Wednesdays at 4 - 7 pm (odd weeks) and 12 - 2pm (even weeks) in the Whitman Hall Commons or Whitman 112 (if NASA is meeting)

Winter 2019

January 24, 2019: Center for Native American Studies and McNair Scholars Program Open House, 12pm - 3pm in the Whitman Hall Commons at NMU.

January 25 and 26, 2019: Porcupine Quill Earring Workshop with Frank Young. Friday (1pm - 6pm) and Saturday (10am - 3pm) in the Whitman Hall Commons at NMU.

February 1 and 2, 2019: Raised Beadwork Barrette Workshop with Jesse Stevens. Friday (1pm - 6pm) and Saturday (10am - 3pm) in the Whitman Hall Commons at NMU.

February 2, 2019: Applique Beadwork Workshop with Thresa Stevens. Saturday (10am - 3pm) in the Whitman Hall Commons at NMU.

February 16, 2019: Annie Humphrey Concert (2018 Native American Music Award Artist of the Year). 7:30 p.m. in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre in the McClintock Building at NMU. Presented by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center.

Fall 2018

August 31; September 1, 2: Manoomin (Wild Rice) Camp. Join us for teachings, sharing stories, making ricing tools, processing wild rice, and restoration. Advanced registration is appreciated, follow the link here to register. For more information, contact Kathy Smith (906-524-5757, and DeAnna Hadden (906-524-8209,

September 5: Join us for an Open House with CNAS, McNair Scholars, and the UP Area Health Education Center! There will be information, food, and prizes. Come learn about scholarship opportunities and meet faculty from Native American Studies. The Open House will be held in the Whitman Hall Commons (Room 136) from Noon - 2pm.

September 19: Tribal Justice Documentary Screening. The Center for Native American Studies,in partnership with the Michigan Supreme Court State Administration Office, will show the documentary Tribal Justice. This film may be of particular interest to students in criminal justice, political science, sociology, and social work. A panel discussion will follow (specific guest information forthcoming). The screening will take place in the Whitman Hall Commons (Room 136) from 6 - 9 pm.

September 21, October 5, 12, 26: N8V Dance Fitness. Get fit for pow wow season! Join Michelle Reed (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) and learn to dance pow wow style. This is a workout, so please bring your own towels and water canisters. Raffles and prizes each session! Sessions are held at 10 am at Gym 150 in the PEIF on NMU's Campus.

September 21: Beading Workshop with Michelle Reed, after our first N8V Dance Fittness session. Join us in creating some beautiful works of art--CNAS style!

September 22: Cultural Teachings of Asemaa with Greg Johnson and Leon Valliere (both Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe). Learn Anishinaabe cultural uses of asemaa and basic Anishinaabemowin. This FREE workshop is open to the first 35 registrants. Food and beverages provided, please bring your own water container. Dish bags also encouraged! To RSVP, call the Center for Native American Studies at 906-227-1397, or sign up in person at Room 112 in Whitman Hall. The workshop will take place in the Whitman Hall Commons (Room 136) from 11am - 4pm. 

September 27: "What's Growing In Your Backyard?" Anishinaabe Plant Teachings. Lesson and walk lead by Professor Jud Sojourn. Meet first in the Hunt/Van Antwerp Lobby at 6:30 pm; we will leave on the walk together from there. E-mail Brooke Tharp with any questions.

October 8: Indigenous Peoples' Day. The Native American Student Association presents Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration. EVENTS: Social Event 2-4 pm - NMU Academic Mall. Movie Screening of Powwow Highway from 6-8 pm - Jamrich 1320.  Check out Jud's Anishinaabe Word of the Month in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

October 23: Advising Night. Join April Lindala and Jeff Gagnon at Advising Night at 6 pm at Gries Hall 2nd Floor. For students interested in History, Native American Studies, and Philosophy as well as students who have questions about their financial aid.

November 2018: Native American Heritage Month. Here is this year's poster!

November 2nd-9th: Week of Indigenous Eating (more information coming soon).

November 2nd: Older Than America screening, 6pm in the Mead Auditorium. This film explores the devastating personal and cultural effects of the American Indian boarding Schools on the members of a Native American family in Minnesota.

November 3rd: Ancestral Women traveling exhibit opening at the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center. Through hand-woven jacquard weavings by Mary Burns, Ancestral Women honors and celebrates elder women, one from each of the 12 Native American tribes in Wisconsin. The exhibit runs through January 26th, 2019. The November Opening reception is at 1pm and includes: Weaving demonstrations by Mary Burns (1pm-4pm) and a workshop and performance by Oshkii Giizhik Singers (2pm).

November 3rd: Oshkii Giizhik Singers concert, 7:30pm in the Black Box Theater, free admission and open to the public. The NAMMY-winning Oshkii Giizhik Singers are a community-based group of Native American women singers from the Fond Du Lac/Duluth area. They sing to empower Anishinaabe women to use their voice in a good way.

November 9: NASA's annual First Nations Food Taster from 5-7 pm at the D.J. Jacobetti Complex. The First Nations Food Taster provides guests with an array of foods from traditional and contemporary Native American recipes.

November 10th: Annie Humphrey concert, 7:30pm in the Black Box Theater, $5 for the general public and $1 for students. Annie Humphrey gre up on the Leech Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota.

November 12th-17th: Rock Your Mocs Week. Work, school, vacation - wherever you are, wear your moccasins! Take a photo and share it on social media with the hashtag #rockyourmocs

November 14th: Regalia Day. Wear your regalia - dresses, leggings, skirts, shirts - and make Native American culture and fashion more visible at NMU!

November 15th: Trudell screening, 7pm in the Whitman Commons. This documentary traces American Indian activist and poet John Trudell's life from his childhood in Omaha, Nebraska, through his role as a leader of the American Indian Movement, and his rebirth as a musician and spoken word poet. 

November 16th: Star Knowledge workshop with Aimee Cree Dunn, 1:30-2:30pm at the Shiras Planitarium.

November 27th: Wind River screening, Noon-2:30pm in the Whitman Commons, discussion to follow. This film follows a veteran hunter as he helps an FBI agent investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation.

November 29th: The Great Native Book Purge, Noon-5pm in the Whitman Commons. Lots of Native topic books up for grabs (for free)!

December 4: NAS 212 Michigan and Wisconsin Tribal Relations Exhibit - Students of NAS 212 will be hosting a poster session meant to provide insight and share their research scholarship about tribal history, identity, and modern-day priorities of our tribal neighbors. This event is for area middle and high school students and teachers, NMU faculty, staff, and students, and other interested members of the Marquette community.

Winter 2018

Apr. 20-21, 2018. Running Medicine workshop with Dr. Anthony Fleg and his colleague Casey Long

Mar. 24, 2018. Native American Student Association hosts the 25th Annual Learning to Walk Together Pow wow

Mar. 23, 2018. Anishinaabe Constellations Teachings presented by Mary and Lawrence Moose in the Whitman Commons from 6pm-9pm.

Mar. 23, 2018. Ojibwe Mitten Making workshop with Greg "biskakone" Johnson

Feb. 3, 2018. Celebrating the Life of the Deer with a Hide Scraping Workshop

Jan. 15, 2018. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Fall 2017

Oct. 5, 2017. Joy Harjo performed at NMU for the Visiting Writers Series. 

Oct. 9, 2017. Indigenous Peoples Day. Morning Thunder was in the academic mall from 11am, followed by discussion and teaching, as well as a march through campus, and closing with a round dance.

Wednesday, November 1 Michigan Indian Treaty Day. Dr. Martin Reinhardt, chair/associate professor of Native American Studies at NMU and president of MIEC, conducted two presentations and a workshop at NMU on Treaty Education Day. The first presentation focused on Education Provisions within American Indian treaties. The second presentation highlighted food provisions. The evening workshop provided an opportunity for participants to engage in an analysis of treaty provisions using the Canons of Treaty Construction, and to create a poster about how the treaty provisions relate to a contemporary issue. These events were free of charge and open to the community.

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Whitman Commons: Dr. Martin Reinhardt presented on Education Provisions in Treaties between the United States and American Indian Tribes.

  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Whitman Commons: Dr. Martin Reinhardt presented on Food Provisions in Treaties between the United States and American Indian Tribes.

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Whitman Commons: Dr. Martin Reinhardt facilitated a treaty analysis workshop where participants will utilize the U.S. Supreme Court’s Canons of Treaty Construction to analyze a treaty and create a poster.

Wednesday, November 1. Native American quill and beadwork workshop and discussion with Leora Lancaster. 6-8 at Marquette Regional History Center. $25 entry fee; register at, or call 906-226-3571.

November 3-10. Week of Indigenous Eating

November 6. Film screening: Tribal Justice at the Peter White Public Library, at 7:00pm. 

November 9. Skill Builder: Leadership Lessons in Native American Stories. Lead by Native American storyteller, Shirley Brozzo, at the Backroom at the University Center, at 5:00pm.

Friday, November 10. was the 17th annual First Nations Food Taster hosted by NASA. Check out the Flikr site for photos!

N8V Dance Fitness for the 2017 Fall semester was a success! Michelle Reed of the Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company held ten N8V Dance Fitness classes at the PEIF with us over the course of the semester. Chi-miigwech, Michelle!

November 14. Film screening of Smoke Signals at 7pm in Whitman Commons. Sponsored by the Multicultural Education Resource Center (906-227-1554).

November 12-18. Rock Your Mocs Week! Wear your moccasins to bring light to indigenous dress, art, and issues. 

November 15. Decolonizing Clothing Fashion Show from 7-9pm in the Michigan Room in the University Center. No admission fee. Featuring clothing items made from Indigenous materials of the Great Lakes Region. Submissions welcome and subject for review! Call Dr. Martin Reinhardt (906-227-1397) for more info.  The Decolonizing Clothing Fashion Show has been CANCELED due to unforeseen circumstances. Stay tuned for reschedule!

November 28. Don't Want to be a Good Indian No More, by Dr. Martin Reinhardt, book signing in the Whitman Commons at 4pm.

November 28. Film screening: Two Spirit, held in the Whitman Commons at 7pm, followed by discussion lead by professor April Lindala and Native American Studies student Grey Shea. Great turnout and informative discussion!! Watch for more educational film screenings in the future!

Summer 2017

June 18-30. NMU's Reimagine STEM Summer Academy, hosted by the Center for Native American Studies and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, on NMU's campus and Camp Nesbit. Click here for details of this event, and check out the Flickr site for photos!

July 17-24. NMU's Reimagine STEM Summer Educator's Institute, hosted by the Center for Native American Studies, NMU Graduate Studies, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Click here for details of this event, and check out the Flickr site for photos!

October 13-14. NMU's Reimagine STEM Fall Summit, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, NMU. Click here for details of this event, and check out the Flickr site for photos!

Winter 2017

Saturday, April 22. NMU's American Indian Science and Engineering Society hosted, a March for Science, starting at NMU's Berry Events Center and ending at U.S. Post Office on Washington St. in Marquettte, MI. See photos from the march on our CNAS Flickr site: W17 March for Science

Tuesday, March 28. The Native American Studies Assoication hosted, "Letters of Love: Making a Difference for Indigenous Youth" as part of NMU's Global Citizen Week.

Monday, March 27. NMU's American Indian Science and Engineering Society and NMU's Social Justice Committee hosted the "Menominee Speaking Tour: Impacts of the Back Forty Mine on the Menominee Nation" as part NMU's Global Citizen Week. The presentation was led by Professor Emeritus Al Gedicks and Anahkwet (Guy Reiter). 

Friday, March 24. Native American Studies professor, Jud Sojourn, teaches Anishinaabemowin lesson for World Languages Week on NMU Campus.

March 23-25. 2017 Native American Critical Issues Conference this years theme was, "Rebuilding Traditional Knowledge Systems" This conference was held at Northern Michigan University's campus and was sponsored by the Michigan Indian Education Council. 

Saturday, March 18. Native American Student Association hosts their 24th annual "Learning to Walk Together" Traditional Pow Wow.

Fall 2016

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. 

Thursday, September 1. The American Indian Science and Engineering Society held their first meeting of the year. For more information contact, Daabii Reinhardt,, 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.

Until December 9 - Art of Peace Exhibit at the DeVos Art Museum featuring the work of Mohawk artist, Elizabeth Doxtater.

December 10. Dr. Martin Reinhardt was chosen as Student's Choice commencement speaker and the Morning Thunder drum group preformed. A live stream of commencement is available to watch.Congratulations to the first students to graduate from NMU with a degree in Native American Studies! Check out the pictures on flickr.


Winter 2016

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.

March 31.  The Peter White Public Library in Marquette will host a book release of the Decolonizing Diet Project Cookbook as part of the Great Michigan Read program.

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.


Fall 2015

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.


Summer 2015

June 1. Promotion Gathering and Going Away Bash for CNAS faculty

June 15-18. Martin Reinhardt and April Lindala attend SAIGE Conference


Winter 2015

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

Baby Moccasin Workshop with Roger LaBine on Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21. See photo highlights at W15 Moccasin Workshop.  See W15 Baby Mocs postcard. 

DDP presentation at the Indigenous Farming Conference in Callaway, Minnesota from March 5-March 8. Also presented at the Leech Lake Tribal College. 

22nd annual "Learning to Walk Together" Traditional Pow wow on Saturday, March 14.  See LTWT website page.  Photo highlights W15 Pow wow

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 2, Dr. Martin Reinhardt presented on the Decolonizing Diet Project for the Sustainability Series.  See photo highlights at W15 DDP and SAP Presentation

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. 


Fall 2014

NMU Fall Fest took place on Monday, August 25.  The CNAS and Native American Student Association (NASA) shared a booth.  

CNAS Open House on Wednesday, August 27 from noon to 2pm. The McNair Scholars Program provided information for students. 

NASA meetings began on Wednesday, September 2. 

TEK Day Camp on Saturday - Sunday, September 27-28. ABC 10 and TV6 News were on hand to cover the news story. 

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. 





Summer 2014

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. 



Winter 2014

Dr. Taiaiake Alfred, January 29.  Video-conference discussing the concept of Indigenous resurgence.  Watch the Dr. Taiaiake Alfred video link.  See the Dr. Taiaiake Alfred poster

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.  


Fall 2013

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. 



Summer 2013


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. 


Winter 2013

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

Ken Van Zile -  NAS 342 Indigenous Environmental Movements guest speaker on March 11

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




Fall 2012

McNair and CNAS Open House/Recruitment 

Wild Rice Camp

UNITED Conference

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

Bioneer Conference

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
Bobby Bullet
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 
Workshop:  Beading
DDP - the Female Perspective
CNAS Staff Luncheon

DDP Gathering - Dec 9

DDP Board of Trustees Dinner



Summer 2012

DDP - Visit with University of Michigan Ethnobotany Class taught by Dr. Scott Herron.  See the DDP Blog for more information. 


CLANS Project




Winter 2012

Seventh Fire Project


20th Annual Learning To Walk Together Pow wow


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.    






Fall 2011

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. 



Summer 2011

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. 


Alaskan Visitors

The National Indian Youth Leadership Program (NIYLP) and Anji-Akiing Summer Youth Program was held on July 25 to July 31. 



Winter 2011

A 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. 


NASEI Events
Hide-Tanning in Watersmeet

Wild Rice Harvesting Camp at Lac Vieux Desert

Smoked Fish

Beading Workshop

Making Fish Nets

Making Rawhide Rattles

Birchbark Biting Workshop

Sweetgrass Basket Workshop



Fall 2010

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. 

Summer 2010

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


Winter 2010

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


Fall 2009

Richie Plass presentation on stereotyping. 
For picture highlights click here. To view presentation in its entirety click here.


College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy - October Visit

Medicine Wheel Photo Gallery
Medicine Wheel Video Gallery

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

Kelly Church provided workshops on two separate occasions. April picture highlights. September picture highlights.


Fall 2008

  • Center for Native American Studies Open House
  • U.P. Indian Education Conference
  • United Conference
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Joanne Shenandoah performance



Summer 2008


Winter 2008