Attend the event in person on Mid's Mt. Pleasant Campus in the Community Room or watch remotely on the Harrison Campus in the Esther C. Conference Room or on Mid's YouTube Channel.


Mid Michigan College, through a community partnership with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and support from the Mid Michigan College Foundation, is privileged to host, and offer to the community, an event focused on honoring indigenous peoples and their culture.

The event, planned for Monday, October 11, will feature several special guests including Dr. Edwin Barnhart, Frank Ettawageshik, leaders of several Michigan Tribes, and federal, state, and local representatives.

  • Dr. Edwin Barnhart is a renowned American archaeologist who has appeared on the History Channel and Discovery Channel. He is the Director of the Maya Exploration Center, and counts the discovery of the ancient city of Ma'ax Na in Belize, mapping of over 4,000 ancient buildings, and over a dozen articles and books among his many accomplishments.
  • Frank Ettawageshik, former Tribal Chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, was instrumental in the adoption of the Tribal and First Nations Great Lakes Water Accord and the United League of Indigenous Nations Treaty.He is currently the Executive Director of the United Tribes of Michigan, Chairman of the United League of Indigenous Nations Governing Board, and Co-chair of the National Congress of American Indians Federal Recognition Task Force.
“We are excited to bring these experts, leaders, public servants, and cultural experiences together in an effort to respectfully observe this very meaningful day,” said Donna Sinclair, Mid Michigan College instructor and Honoring Indigenous Peoples Day event coordinator. “And we’re grateful to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe for partnering with us to make this event a reality.”

The event will also feature Elder’s Prayers and Blessings, Drum Circles, and a Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways traveling exhibit.

“We hope to see many community members, educators, and students take advantage of this opportunity to hear from, learn through, and connect with leaders and members of indigenous cultures,” noted Sinclair. “Our partnership with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is highly valued here at Mid and continues to grow in many positive ways.”

For more information about the Honoring Indigenous Peoples Day event, contact Donna Sinclair at or (989) 708-0889.

Event Agenda (Tentative – Speakers and Times are subject to change)

  • 10am Opening
  • 10am Elder’s Prayer and Blessing
  • 10:10am Drum Circle
  • 10:20am President Tim Hood, Mid Michigan College
  • 10:40am Chief Timothy Davis, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
  • 11am President Hood
  • 11:20am Break
  • 11:30am US Congressman John Moolenaar
  • 11:40am Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II
  • 11:50am City Manager Nancy Ridley, Mt. Pleasant
  • 11:55am US Senator Gary Peters
  • 12:05pm President Frank Ettawageshik, Association on American Indian Affairs
  • 12:50pm Break
  • 1pm Keynote: Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D.
  • 1:50pm Closing Prayer
  • 1:55pm Drum Circle
  • 2:00pm Close
  • 2:10pm Meet & Greet and Questions with Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D.
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