“The fact that myself and other elected leaders of tribes have taken a stance against the pipeline doesn’t mean that our law enforcement agencies don’t have an interest in understanding what’s going on at the Straits with the pipeline,” says Bryan Newland, Chairman of the Bay Mills Indian Community. “It would be just like Enbridge reaching out to the Michigan State Police despite the fact that our attorney general and governor are opposed to the pipeline in the straits.”
Kyle Whyte is a professor at Michigan State University and a citizen of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation who has written about Standing Rock. He says there’s a trend of companies trying to control public advocacy behind the scenes.
“Instead of companies proposing risky projects being subject to oversight, it’s citizens concerned about preventing risks who are subject to oversight from those seeking to impose the risks,” he says. “There is a problem of mutual accountability here.”
Ezhibiigadek asin//written on stone (Sanilac Petroglyphs) will mark the first state/tribal co-management of a state park in Michigan. This comes during the centennial of the Michigan State Park Commission and the bicentennial of the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw, in which the Anishinaabeg ceded Land to the United States encompassing ezhibiigadek asin.
“Whitney B. Gravelle, of Brimley, is the tribal attorney for the Bay Mills Indian Community and the former chief judge of the Bay Mills Tribal Court. Ms. Gravelle is active in the tribal community mentoring indigenous youth through the Boys & Girls Club Tribal Youth Program. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. Ms. Gravelle is appointed to succeed Nicole DeMarco, whose term expired July 15, 2019, for a term expiring July 15, 2022. “
Michigan Public Radio recently conducted an interview regarding the Back 40 Mine permitting process. Listen to the interview here.
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Lansing May 2 6:00-8:00pm today!
Michigan Historical Center and Library, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing, MI 48915
Grand Rapids May 6 6:00-8:00pm
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Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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Gaylord, MI 49735
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Escanaba, MI 49829
Edweying Naabing // Looking at the Past and Present Symposium
Michigan State University
September 20-21, 2019
Proposals due May 30, 2019
Marking the 200th commemoration of the Treaty of Saginaw, MSU’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, Indigenous Law and Policy Center, and Native American Institute invite proposals for Edweying Naabing // Looking at the Past and Present Symposium.
All are welcome to submit proposals and can refer to the list of possible topics for presentation ideas.
Those interested should submit a 250-word proposal and 100-word biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 30, 2019.
About the Symposium: The inaugural symposium addresses the history of the Treaty 1819 and its ongoing effects for Indigenous-settler relationships at Land-Grant institutions, such as MSU. More generally, this conference focuses on Indigenous histories, presence, and futures on Anishinaabewaki and across Turtle Island.
The event is free and open to the public. Youth are highly encouraged to attend, especially those interested in becoming familiar with opportunities at MSU.
2nd Annual Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference
May 24-26, 2019
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