2016 - News and Events

What is a Treaty
Sept. 24 – Oct. 9, NMU Olson Library
Native Treaties, Shared Rights Exhibit
A traveling exhibit from the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University highlighting: what a treaty is and how treaties have been applied regarding land, education, and hunting and fishing rights.
Finding Dawn
Sept. 25, 6 p.m., NMU Whitman Hall Commons 
Finding Dawn Documentary about Canada’s Highway of Tears. NMU Whitman Commons. Introduction by April Lindala, director of NMU Center for Native American Studies. (UNITED Conference event.)
The Round House book cover
Sept. 26, 1 p.m., NMU University Center Great Lakes Rooms

Panel presentation on The Round House. With featured speakers NMU English professors:

  • Amy Hamilton
  • Patricia Killelea
  • Lynn Domina (English Department head)

(UNITED Conference event.)

Elizabeth Doxtater: Art of Peace Exhibit
Sept. 26, 2 -  p.m., Artist Reception, NMU DeVos Art Museum
Sept. 26 – Dec. 9 exhibition

Elizabeth Doxtater: Art of Peace Exhibit

The Six Nations (Mohawk) artist explores the ancient form of cornhusk dolls to preserve traditional culture and histories while inviting viewers to consider their role in creating peace in the world. (DeVos Art Museum event.)

Louis Erdrich
Sept. 29, 7 p.m, NMU Olson Library, main level
  • Interview of Louise Erdrich by Bill Moyers (taped)
  • Presentation: Crossing the Line or Not: Hazardous Intersections of Tribal and Non-Tribal Law, by Matthew Fletcher, Professor of Law at Michigan State University and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center
  • Self-guided tour through the Native Treaties, Shared Rights traveling exhibit.
Peter White Public Library logo
Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Peter White Public Library
Community book discussion. Hosted by Peter White Public Library and Snowbound Books.
Marquette Regional History Center
October 19, 7 p.m., Marquette Regional History Center
Panel Discussion: Women, Violence and Revenge. Plus free-will admission to the center’s exhibit gallery.

Learn about legal jurisdiction, the Violence Against Women Act, concepts of revenge and how adolescents deal with tragedy.  Featuring:

  • Anthony Carrick, Chocolay Township police officer (and of Native American heritage)
  • Grace Chaillier, professor in NMU Center for Native American Studies (Rosebud Sioux)
  • Violet Friisvall-Ayres, Associate Judge at Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community)
  • Pat Micklow, retired District Court Judge and Vice President of the Board of the Marquette Women's Center

Moderated by Beth Casady, Director of the Marquette Women's Center.

Shirley Brozzo
November 2, 7-8:30 p.m., NMU Olson Library, room 311
Student and community book discussion, led by Shirley Brozzo, NMU Multicultural Education and Resource Center director.

November 8, 2 p.m., Ishpeming Carnegie Library, Ray Leverton Community Room

Book Discussion


November 9, 6 p.m., Ishpeming Carnegie Library, Ray Leverton Community Room

Book Discussion

Smoke Signals film
November 15, 7 p.m., NMU Whitman Hall Commons
Smoke Signals film. Based on the book by Sherman Alexie. "Smoke Signals is a humorous yet serious story about Victor, a young man who Director Chris Eyre describes as 'trying to forgive his father.' The movie gives us a glimpse into the contemporary Native American world..." (IMDb). Followed by a discussion led by Shirley Brozzo (Keweenaw Bay Tribe of Chippewa Indians), NMU Multicultural Education and Resource Center director.