Upcoming Events and News Items

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

November is Native American Heritage Month at NMU.

Below is a list of events and activities that took place. 

 

Friday Nov. 1 | Sonderegger Symposium

  • 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center
  • 1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, Michigan 49855

On November 1, 2019, the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies and the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will be presenting the 19th annual Sonderegger Symposium. The Symposium is the largest and most prestigious academic conference dedicated to the study of the Upper Peninsula and Upper Great Lakes region. Go to this link for the complete list of speakers. https://www.nmu.edu/beaumierheritagecenter/events.

This year, the theme for the Symposium will be, “Anishinaabek: East, South, West, North.” This title is in reference to the First Nations of this region and the medicine wheel which represents not only the four directions, but many facets of traditional life. This interdisciplinary symposium will feature presentations on many aspects of Anishinaabek life, both past and present.This event will be held at the Northern Center and is free and open to the public. In addition, there will be a free lunch and refreshments available for all attendees.


The keynote address at this year’s symposium will be presented by Karen Diver (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) Director, Business Development, Native American Advancement Initiatives at the University of Arizona. The title of her address is “Anishinaabe-bimaadizi: Anishinaabe views about wellness.” Karen was an appointee of President Obama as the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs. As part of the Domestic Policy Council, Ms. Diver assisted with inter-agency efforts, policy and regulatory changes to benefit 567 Native American Tribes. Karen served in this position from November 2015 until the end of the Administration. Karen served as Chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa from 2007 -2015.

Nov. 1 - 8 | Week of Indigenous Eating

In 2012, the American Indian Health and Diet Project  (http://www.aihd.ku.edu/invited interested parties to join in the "Week of Indigenous Eating Mini-Challenge" in honor of the Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP), headed by Dr. Martin Reinhardt, Anishinaabe Ojibway and Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University. Reinhardt's group embarked on the quest: to incorporate pre-colonial Indigenous in their diets for one year. You can read about the group's experiences here: Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP) blog: http://decolonizingdietproject.blogspot.com/.  

Friday Nov. 8 | First Nations Food Taster

  • 5 PM – 7 PM 
  • Jacobetti Complex- Northern Michigan University
  • 1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, Michigan 49855

Join the Native American Student Association for the First Nations Food Taster at NMU's Jacobetti Complex [2296 Sugar Loaf Ave.] on Friday Nov. 8, 2019 from 5 - 7 p.m. Tickets for students, children, veterans, and elders are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. General Public tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Advance tickets are available at Center for Native American Studies in Whitman Hall, Rm. 112 on the Campus of NMU. To volunteer visit volunteersignup.org/CRW94.

Nov. 9 - 16 | Rock Your Mocs

Established in 2011, Rock Your Mocs which is a worldwide Native American & Indigenous Peoples movement held annually during November which is also National Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. A.. It’s easy to participate by wearing moccasins to school, to work or wherever your day takes you. Or if a person doesn’t own mocs, can’t wear mocs, or perhaps their Tribe didn’t wear mocs, they may wear a Turquoise Awareness Ribbon instead. Even easier, the event takes place where you are, where you’re going and where you live. Rock Your Mocs if a fun way to unify Native American, Aboriginal, First Nations, Alaskan Native, Indigenous Peoples globally through internet social media, participants post their photos for everyone to enjoy, sharing their stories and creating an “online photo album” by using any one or all of the following hastags: #ROCKYOURMOCS. It’s like a great big fun moccasin party that everyone gets to see pictures of! RYM was founded by Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye of Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico U.S.A. and she has partnered with Emergence Productions, a Native American owned Event Production Company..

Wednesdays Nov. 13 & 20 | N8V Dance Fitness

  • 10 AM - 10:50 AM
  • Gym 150
  • PEIF, Marquette 

N8V Dance Fitness is back at Northern Michigan University. It's free and open to the public supported by the The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Join us. nmu.edu/cnas

Monday, Nov. 18 | NASA Meet and Greet

  • 5 PM
  • Whitman Commons
  • 1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI 49855

The Native American Student Association (NASA) serves to promote events related to Native American heritage and culture while serving as a supportive and interactive group for Native American students. All NMU students are welcome to join and become an active member of this organization. NASA has hosted drum socials, the First Nations Food Taster, the annual Learning to Walk Together Traditional Pow-Wow, and co-sponsors Native American Heritage Month. NASA has also participated in community programs such as Title VII Indian Education with the local public schools, Earth Day activities, and the UNITED Conference. The Anishinaabe News, a Native American newspaper which provides readers with information about current events or issues that are related to Native American culture, is also part of NASA. Email bpanek@nmu.edu or visit our webpage at www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/native-american-student-association for more information.

Nov. 21 | Combating Anti-American Indian Bias

  • 3 PM
  • Whitman Hall Commons
  • Whitman Hall is located at the corner of Norway Ave and Fair St. in Marquette. For GPS use the address 1300 Norway Street.

Join the Center for Native American Studies faculty for a panel discussion on racism, oppression, appropriation, injustice, intolerance, colonization, historical trauma, healing, cultural reclamation and revitalization.