Honoring Indigenous Peoples Day

Honoring Indigenous Peoples Day

Presented by Mid Michigan College through a community partnership with Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.

10am-2pm Monday, October 10

Mt. Pleasant Campus | Community Room


NOTE: This is a TENTATIVE agenda. The speakers, times, and order may change.

  • 10am Opening, Prayer, & Blessings with Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Council Representatives
  • 10:10am Onion Creek Drummers & Singers
  • 10:15am Welcome by President Tim Hood, Mid Michigan College
  • 10:25am Marcella Hadden, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
  • 11am Break
  • 11:30am Keynote by Dr. Shannon Bischoff, Purdue University
  • 12:40pm Break
  • 1pm Isabelle Osawamick, Anishinabe Outreach Specialist, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
  • 1:50pm Closing Prayer
  • 1:55pm Onion Creek Drummers & Singers
  • 2pm Event Concludes

Special Guests

Marcella Hadden

Marcella Hadden is a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan and currently serves as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer located at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways. She has worked for her Tribe for over 25 years and is also a professional photographer. She owns and operates a photography studio entitled Niibing Giizis (Summer Moon) with an emphasis on capturing Native American culture in her work.

Dr. Shannon Bischoff

Dr. Shannon Bischoff completed his Ph.D. work in Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Arizona and the University of Tokyo. His work focuses on computational linguistics, formal (mathematical) linguistics, and linguistic anthropology. He is a member of UNESCO's International Decade of Indigenous Languages Regional Committee (North America) and the Global Ad-hoc group. He has published 7 books, numerous peer-reviewed articles, and given talks around the globe. He is a member of the Linguistic Society of America, the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas, and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. He has also taught at the American Indian Language Development Institute and The Institute on Collaborative Language Research as an invited instructor.

Isabelle Osawamick

Isabelle Osawamick is a fluent speaker of the Anishinaabe language from Wikwemikong Ontario, Canada. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aboriginal Studies from the University of Toronto and worked as a Cultural and Language teacher for Toronto Aboriginal Head Start where she was instrumental in starting Toronto’s four Anishinaabe Head Start schools. During this time she attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay Ontario and earned a teaching certificate to teach Anishinaabemowin. She currently works as an Outreach Language Specialist for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan where she develops and facilitates Anishinaabemowin sessions and also does translations for the Tribe.

Event Highlights

  • Drum Circles
  • Elders Prayer and Blessing
  • Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways Traveling Exhibit

Questions? Contact Donna Sinclair at jsinclair@midmich.edu or (989) 708-0889.

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