Treaty Commemoration at MSU: Edweying Naabing//Looking at the Past and Present Symposium


Michigan State University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw. To mark the 200th commemoration of this treaty, join us September 20-21, 2019 at the MSU College of Law to listen and learn from nearly 30 speakers at the Edweying Naabing Symposium. Just one month away!

Looking at the Past and Present to Imagine the Future

Symposium topics include Universities & Treaty Responsibility, Anishinaabemowin, Food and Environmental Justice, Settler Colonialism in the Great Lakes Region, Educational Sovereignty, and more. For a full list of panels, please see the tentative agenda-at-glance.

Register Today

Events are free and registration can be found here. Meals are provided for pre-registered symposium attendees. Coinciding with the symposium, the University will also host Native Family Day on September 21, 2019. Native Family Day is an event for Anishinaabeg and other Indigenous youth and their families to visit campus, hear from current students, and take an indigenized campus tour.


All ages are encouraged to come to campus and take part in this series of programming, which is designed to raise awareness about the history of the Land on which MSU resides. Please contact with questions.

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Edweying Naabing//Looking at the Past and Present Symposium is co-hosted by the MSU Indigenous Law and Policy Center, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, and Native American Institute. Programming is supported by various co-sponsors.