Register for 51st Annual Critical Issues Conference March 11-13

The 51st Annual Native American Critical Issues Conference hosted by the Michigan Indian Education Council

More information at miec.org/conference

March 11-13, 2021, 9-12:30pm ET on Zoom

click here to REGISTER

Download the agenda at glance here. 

Download the save the date flyer here.

Session Topics

  • Cultural Uses of Fire
  • Indigenous Foraging, Cooking, and Eating
  • Fire Ring in the Mackinac Straits
  • Ishkode: The Language of Fire
  • Fired Up: Activism in Indian Country, Past and Present
  • Tri-Lateral Indian Education Panel
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Panel
  • Rematriation and Pedagogical Reform in K-12 Systems
  • Treaty Rights and Water Habitat
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Indian Country Keynote
  • Native American Student Organizations Meet and Greet: Our College Experience
  • Graduate School 101
  • Native Scholar Network Summit Keynote
  • Decolonizing NASO
  • and more!

Registration

Click here to register for $150 on Eventbrite and receive access to the password protected Participant Portal. The Participant Portal at miec.org contains the Zoom links needed to gain access to the conference.

More information and registration at miec.org/conference

51st Annual Native American Critical Issues Conference: March 11-13

The 51st Annual Native American Critical Issues Conference

More information at miec.org/conference

March 11-13, 2021, 9-12:30pm ET on Zoom

click here to REGISTER

*there are a limited number of student registration scholarships available. Contact mreinhar@nmu.edu for more information.

Download the agenda at glance here. 

Download the save the date flyer here.

Join us for 3 conference tracks, including

  • General Track (A), for the general public
  • Youth Track (B), for young students
  • NASO Track (C), for college-aged students who may be involved in Native American Student Organizations
  • 15 Breakout sessions
  • 4 Plenary sessions
  • 2 Vendor Booth and Information Booth sessions to meet directly with vendors
  • 2 Networking Café sessions to connect with other attendees
  • Access to Zoom session recordings after the conference

Session Topics

  • Cultural Uses of Fire
  • Indigenous Foraging, Cooking, and Eating
  • Fire Ring in the Mackinac Straits
  • Ishkode: The Language of Fire
  • Fired Up: Activism in Indian Country, Past and Present
  • Tri-Lateral Indian Education Panel
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Panel
  • Rematriation and Pedagogical Reform in K-12 Systems
  • Treaty Rights and Water Habitat
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Indian Country Keynote
  • Native American Student Organizations Meet and Greet: Our College Experience
  • Graduate School 101
  • Native Scholar Network Summit Keynote
  • Decolonizing NASO
  • and more!

Registration

Click here to register for $150 on Eventbrite and receive access to the password protected Participant Portal. The Participant Portal at miec.org contains the Zoom links needed to gain access to the conference. Registered attendees will receive the Participant Portal password by email one week prior to the event.

Seeking Artists and Informational Vendors

Vendors: Would you like to be listed as a vendor on the conference website and meet one-on-one with attendees during 2 Vendor Sessions on March 12? Contact Dr. Martin Reinhardt to request a vendor form at mreinhar@nmu.edu by Friday, March 5. Vendor fees are $50.

More information and registration at miec.org/conference

2014 Native American Critical Issues Conference — March 20-22, 2014

Agenda here. Our own Wenona Singel will be talking about careers in tribal law on Friday.

More details here.

The conference will be held at Ziibiwing.

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2013 Michigan Indian Education Critical Issues Conference Today and Tomorrow

Website here. Agenda here.

Program Highlights
Keynote Speaker – Friday Breakfast
We welcome Richard M. Church, Pharm. D. as our Keynote Speaker on Friday morning…
Dr. Church was appointed Director of the Office of Public Health Support for the Indian Health Service (IHS) in 2004. He is a native of Michigan and an enrolled member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Michigan, College of Pharmacy, and he completed his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Dr. Church‘s career accomplishments include developing mission-oriented clinical service and practice roles for pharmacists. He played an active part in advancing progressive pharmacy practice positions that grew out of the IHS and were incorporated into the pharmacy profession at large. Building upon his clinical service foundation, he devoted another career segment to building an information technology infrastructure that positioned the IHS to take advantage of future technology innovations to support public health programs. In his present senior management roles, he provides national leadership in several critical public health support areas, including medical epidemiology; program statistics; planning, evaluation, and research; and health professions support.
Dr. Church has been recognized for service as the recipient of a number of awards and honors. These include the Surgeon General‘s Medallion and the Distinguished Service Medal, as well as many other PHS and professional awards.
Keynote Speaker – Saturday Lunch
Jessica Rickert, DDS was inducted into the Michigan Women‘s Hall of Fame for her work relating to American Indian health issues. A member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, she was a direct descendant of the Indian chief Wahbememe (Whitepigeon) for whom a village in Michigan is named. Dr. Rickert made history of her own when she became the first female American Indian dentist in the country upon graduating from the University of Michigan – School of Dentistry in 1975. While working in private practice in southeast Michigan, she developed a prevention program and added orthodontics to the dental clinic at Detroit‘s Children‘s Aid Society. As a board member of the Michigan Urban Indian Health Council, Dr. Rickert also established an intertribal dental clinic in Detroit. She assisted two state tribes—the Grand Traverse Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians and the Saginaw Chippewa Indians — with such services as dental screenings, preliminary planning for dental clinics, and educational presentations. In 2001, she began a dental advice column syndicated by American Indian newspapers across the nation and distributed in health clinics. That effort earned her the American Dental Association Access Award. She also authored a book entitled ―Exploring Careers in Dentistry.‖

2011 Michigan Indian Education Critical Issues Conference (March 10-12); Sam Deloria Keynote Speaker

Here are the materials:

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MIEC 2011 Flier

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Michigan Indian Education Council website.

Michigan Indian Education Critical Issues Conference — Agenda and Registration

Here is the registration information and conference agenda for the 2009 MIEC Conference at the Soaring Eagle Inn and Conference Center, March 12-14.

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Jeff Davis (Turtle Mountain), 14-year veteran of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan, will be the keynote speaker.

I’ll be presenting a history of the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver at 8:30 on Friday. And I’ll be talking about ways to use my book (“American Indian Education”) in the classroom at 1 on Friday.