Upcoming Events and News Items

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Colleagues and friends, 

As of March 19, 2020 - the Center for Native American Studies (and all of NMU) has received word from the NMU Administration that the remainder of class delivery for the winter 2020 semester will remain through an online format. It is safe now to assume that all face-to-face activities and events are canceled until the end of the semester (even commencement is being postponed).

However, keep this page bookmarked to learn more about possible virtual gatherings and events during the month of April.

The NMU Center for Native American Studies, the NAS 488 Native American Community Engagement class, and the NMU Native American Student Association are all planning virtual gatherings to not only share information but hopefully bring joy to those feeling a bit disconnected during this unprecedented time. miigwech/thank you!

N8V_Dance_Fitness_1.pngN8V Dance Fitness - CANCELLED 

Designated Wednesdays | 11 AM - 12 PM

PIEF Dance Studio 

N8V Dance Fitness with Michelle Reed is back after the mid-winter recess here at Northern Michigan University with a time and location change to finish out the semester! This free workout is open to the public (and meant for everyone). This event is made possible and supported by the The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Join us. nmu.edu/cnas


Wildcat WeekendWildcat Weekend - CANCELLED

Friday / Saturday, March 13 & 14

Campus-wide Register in Jamrich

Explore beautiful Marquette, tour campus, see residence hall rooms and eat in The Northern Lights Dining Hall. Learn about your academic interest and student life from faculty and students. Plus, you'll get to chat with your admissions counselor. It's an open house experience you won't want to miss. Let the adventure begin!  Click here for details, dates and/or to reserve your spot. 



OF SPECIAL INTEREST to Native American Studies is the Moccasin and Dish Games  - POSTPONED (Watch for news about an online gathering!)

Sugar Bush

Sugar Bush - CANCELLED as a NMU event

Friday March 20, 2020

The Center for Native American Studies will be facilitating a visit to the Dynamite Hills Farm sugar bush (Jerry Jondreau and Katy Bressett's home) in L'Anse, Michigan on Friday March 20, 2020. This marks the beginning of minokami (time of the good earth) for the Anishinaabek. Participants must bring food to share, a folding chair, a dish bag (bowl, utensils, and a water bottle), and snow shoes. Limited transportation is available for the first 25 people to sign up by calling 906-227-1397, or dropping by the CNAS. The vans will be leaving NMU at 8am and returning at 9pm. Dress for the season! 



The 13 Rights of the Anishinaabe ChildrenThe 13 Rights of the Anishinaabe Children - CANCELLED

Monday, March 23 | Tuesday, March 24

The Native Circle project presents a free public workshop 'The 13 Rights of Anishinaabe Children' with Marlene Syrette. Syrette is an Ojibway Anishinaabekwe from Batchewana First Nation in Ontario, Canada. She is a cultural educator who actively participates in all aspects of her culture across Anishnaabe-Akiing (North America). The two-day workshop will meet Monday, March 23 from 9 AM to 12 PM with an hour lunch break (not provided) and from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the Northern Center in Peninsula II Room on NMU campus in Marquette MI. On Tuesday, March 24.day two will continue from 9 AM to 1:30 PM.

There's no need to register. The workshop is open to the public. Call Center For Native American Studies at 906-227-1397 or the Social Work Department at 906-227-2706. This workshop is supported by cooperative agreement number 2017-VR-GX-K026, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this workshop are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

celebration of student scholarshipCelebration of Student Works - POSSIBLE MOVE TO VIRTUAL DELIVERY

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Jamrich Hall & Campus-Wide

The Celebration of Student Scholarship is an annual event held on the NMU campus to celebrate the scholarship and creativity of both undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines. Students share their work with the NMU and Marquette communities by presenting posters, delivering oral presentations, sharing visual art installations, and submitting essays on scholarly, creative, and artwork. The event is free and open to the public. Students interested in participating should talk with their faculty advisors for help submitting an abstract. 


Below is a list of past events... 



the gift of asemaaThe Gift of Asemma with Biskakone Greg Johnson

Fri. Jan. 24 5 - 8 PM,  Sat. Jan. 25 10 - 2 PM

Whitman Commons, NMU Campus

Biskakone Greg Johnson is  a cultural teachers and artist who is passionate about teaching the traditional ways and keeping them alive. There are 20 spaces available. Register at the Center for Native American Studies in Whitman, room 112. Supported by the Sault Tribe Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country Grant. Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Call the Center for Native American studies (906) 227-1397 nmu.edu/cnas


CNAS McNair Scholars Open HouseCNAS McNair Scholars Open House

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28 | 12:30 - 3 PM 

  • Whitman Commons, NMU Campus

Everyone is welcome! Come learn about scholarship opportunities and meet the faculty at the Center for Native American Studies and the McNair Scholars program. The goal of the McNair Scholars program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society. 




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 19 th 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.