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.

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 isAnishinaabe-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.

Here is the schedule of speakers for this year’s Sonderegger Symposium.

19th Annual Sonderegger Symposium

“Anishinaabek: East, South, West, North”

November 1, 2019

Northern Center

8 a.m.                          Blessing by Vicki Dowd

8:10 a.m.                     Welcome and Introductory Comments

8:30 – 9:10a.m.           “Nda-ozhibii’ige-mi Miijim Gikendaasowin (Documenting Food Knowledge)”

                                    Dr. Martin Reinhardt – Professor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU

9:20 – 10 a.m.              “An Ohio Valley perspective on the medical Far North.”

                                     Dr. Michael Dorn – Independent Scholar, Kansas City, MO

10:10 – 11 a.m.           "Welcome to the Resistance:  An Open Letter to Climate Activists in the Northwoods...and Beyond"

                                    Aimee Cree Dunn, Instructor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU                               

11:10 – 12 p.m.           Keynote Address, “Anishinaabe-bimaadizi: Anishinaabe views about wellness”

                                    Karen R. Diver (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa)

                                    Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona, Former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama for Native American Affairs.

12:00 – 1 p.m.             Lunch – Music Performance by Waawiyeyaa

1:10 – 2 p.m.               Roundtable on the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act and Cultural Preservation

                                    Colleen Medicine, Director of Language & Culture, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians; Earl Meshigaud, Sr., Director of the Culture Department of Hannahville Indian Community;  Molly Meshigaud, Hannahville Indian Community; Cory Sagataw, Hannahville Indian Community.

2:10 – 2:50 pm.           “Intergenerational Trauma and Health Outcomes”

                                     Charlene Brissette, Community Health Educator, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

3 – 3:40 p.m.               “ᒪᓂᑐ  manido spirit ᐃᑭᑐᐧᐃᓇᓐ ikidowinan words: Creating Community Friendly Anishinaabe Language Learning Materials.”

                                     Dr. Jud Sojurn, Assistant Professor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU

3:50 – 4:30 p.m.          “Heading into the Woods Near Waaswaaganing: Embodying Relational Accountability Through Anishinaabe Art Education”

                                     April Lindala, Professor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU

4:40 – 5 p.m.               Closing Remarks, “What’s in a Name”

                                    Daniel Truckey, Director, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center