1. LaSonia’s Way: U of M Outreach Director Moves with Intentionality

    Mark Rivett posted November 29, 2021

    Read full story on the Michigan Chronicle

    LaSonia Forté, associate director of State Outreach at the University of Michigan (U of M), takes her gift of engagement and puts service above self as she leads while serving the eastern region of the State of Michigan (including Detroit, Saginaw, Bay City, Midland, and Alpena).

    Forté’s role as outreach representative in the Office of Government Relations makes strides to build strategic partnerships in the business, institutional, government, education, and non-profit sectors throughout the east side of Michigan, according to her biography. The Detroit native also serves as the board president of the Washtenaw County’s Dispute Resolution Center and on the board of directors of Girls Group among other organizations.

    LaSonia Forte
    “Bringing together like-minded people to solve community problems using the university’s vast intellectual resources is what my job is all about,” Forté said. “It is extremely gratifying to witness people sharing their perspectives, then committing to working together to solve real-world problems.”

    Read full story on the Michigan Chronicle


  2. ZIIBIMIJWANG FARM Growing Indigenous Food Sovereignty

    Mark Rivett posted April 9, 2021

    Ziibimijwang Farm is helping restore food sovereignty for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and other communities throughout the northern Great Lakes region.

    Joe Van Alstine will discuss ways in which Ziibimijwang is working to provide a reliable food source for tribal community members independent of the larger food system, encourage healthy eating, and enhance people’s knowledge of how to raise their own food.

    He also will share challenges and opportunities in operating a sustainable, community-based farm, as well as how collaboration with tribal and non-tribal institutions, such as the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, can help promote Ziibimijwang’s mission.

    Guest Speaker:

    Joe Van Alstine

    Chair of the Board of Directors, Ziibimijwang, Inc.

    Discussants

    (from the UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum):

    David Michener

    Curator

    Jeremy Moghtadar

    Campus Farm Program Manager

    When: Wednesday, April 14th at 1:30pm

    https://umich.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DFmTFvx2S62udpTJsgDvqA

    Sponsors</h2

    UM College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts; UM Office of Research; UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum; UM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; UM Sustainable Food Systems Initiative; UM Museum of Anthropological Archaeology; UM Museum Studies Program; UM Department of American Culture; UM Native American Studies Program; UM Office of Government Relations; Native American and Indigenous Studies Interdisciplinary Group


  3. NJI KCHI-NSHINAABE’BANIIK GDISH-CHIGEMI WI (WE DO THIS FOR THE ANCESTORS): THE BASICS OF NAGPRA

    Mark Rivett posted

    The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA) created a federal legal process for the return of Native American human remains and cultural items to Native American Tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations.

    The panelists will provide a basic overview of NAGPRA compliance through consideration of both tribal and museum sides of the process. They will explore the importance of transparency and agency, forging a connection between museum best practices and tribal ceremonial needs, and how mutual respect can grow into collaborations that extend beyond NAGPRA.

    Panelists:

    William Johnson

    Ziibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture & Lifeways, Interim Director

    Veronica Pasfield

    Bay Mills Indian Community NAGPRA Designee

    Amadeaus Scott

    UMMAA NAGPRA Collections Manager

    When: Friday, April 16th at 1:00pm

    https://umich.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_agbr9WzoQaGnCxSfAc_YQQ

    Sponsors:

    UM College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts; UM Office of Government Relations; UM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; UM Office of Research; UM Museum of Anthropological Archaeology; UM Museum Studies Program; UM Department of American Culture; UM Native American Studies Program; Native American and Indigenous Studies Interdisciplinary Group


  4. Page 1 of 18
    1 2 3 18