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The Michigan Indian Education Council (MIEC) formed in 1977 and subsequently incorporated as a voluntary not-for-profit 501c3 organization in 1994. We are an advocacy organization concerned with Native American education throughout the State of Michigan. We host an annual Native American Critical Issues Conference. The location of the Conference varies as do the sponsors. The conference attracts a broad range of people interested in Indian education issues including teachers, policy makers, Title VI Indian Education Act programs, tribal schools, tribal colleges, tribal education departments, and Native American studies programs. It also includes a professional and youth track.

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The theme for the 2019 Native American Critical Issues Conference is Mother Earth. It will be held at the Grand Valley State University Eberhard  Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 5-7, 2020.


MIEC Distinguished Service Award Recipients

2004      Robert Van Alstine

2005      Victoria Miller

2006      Helen Roy

2007      Paul Johnson

2008      Kenny Pheasant

2009      George Cornell

2010      Richard Sgarlotti

2011      Linda Keway

2012      Joseph Webster

2013      Arthur Brant

2014      Ziibiwing Cultural Society

2015      Eva Petoskey

2016      Sharon Kota

2017      Howard Kimewon

2018      Frank Ettawageshik

2019      Bucko Teeple 

2020      Ron Yob

Conference Date

March 5-7, 2020

Conference Location

Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan

General Track Conference Schedule At A Glance

Thursday, March 5, 2020

4-6pm Reception Dinner

6:30-8:30pm Tour of Grand Rapids Public Museum


Friday, March 6, 2020

7-9am Breakfast

8:30-10am Plenary Session

Opening Ceremony


General MIEC Election

Keynote Speaker

10:15-12:45pm Breakout Sessions

12:45-1:45 Lunch

1:45-5:15pm Breakout Sessions

5:15-6:15pm Plenary Session


Saturday, March 7, 2020

8:30-9:30am Plenary Session

9:45-Noon Breakout Sessions

12-1:30pm Plenary Session


MIEC Distinguished Service Award Presentation

Keynote Speaker

Closing Ceremony



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