2018 Native American Critical Issues Conference


Date: March 22-24, 2018

Location: Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Theme: Bimaadziwin Nbiish Aawan! (Water is Life!)

Water is the lifeblood of our Mother the Earth, it is sacred. Indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes Region have always defined ourselves in relation to the water. It flows through us, and surrounds us. We have a sacred responsibility to protect the water. We recognize the importance of educating our society about the precarious state of water today, and efforts to protect it for future generations. Traditional knowledge and Western Science must come together to support our students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the Arts which will be necessary for sustainability of our First Nations and Mother Earth.

Gwayakochigewin (Doing Things the Right Way)

Mshkikiwaaboo aan Nibiish (Water is Medicine)

Kichitwaawendaagwat Nbiiish  (Water is Sacred)

Miigwetch Gzheminidoo Nbiish gaa miinshin  (Thank you Creator for the water)

Key-Note Speaker: Gwe Gasco

Key Note Speaker Bio:

Gwekaanimad Gasco
Born in Minnesota, where he spent his childhood. As a young boy, long days out in the woods and on the lakes spurred a deep love for the north in him. He traveled with his mother Winona LaDuke, immersing his formative years in the life of an activist. For several years, he stayed with his father’s family in Michigan in “the pinky of the mitt.” This deepened his passion for the north and its beauty. Eventually he came back to Minnesota to support his mother’s organization, Honor the Earth, and its’ mission to protect the Great Lakes region.”

Online Registration: Click here for the link to Eventbrite where you can register for the conference.

*Note: Registration fees are non-refundable. If you have questions about registration fees, please see MIEC staff onsite at the Conference, or contact Dr. Martin Reinhardt at mreinhar@nmu.edu.

General Track Agenda at a Glance: Click here to download the agenda at a glance.

Youth Track Agenda at a Glance: Click here to download the youth track agenda at a glance.

Vendors: Click here to download the 2018 Vendor Form


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Other Downloads:

2018 Presenter Form

2018 Sponsor Letter






Conference Date

March 22-24, 2018

Conference Location

Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways, Mt. Pleasant, MI

General Track Conference Schedule At A Glance

Thursday, March 22, 2018

4-6pm Reception Dinner

6-8pm Pre-conference Meetings and Workshops

Friday, March 23, 2018

8:30-10am Plenary Session

Opening Ceremony



General MIEC Election

Keynote Speaker

10:15-12:45pm Breakout Sessions

12:45-1:45 Lunch On Your Own

1:45-5:15pm Breakout Sessions

5:15-7pm Dinner On Your Own

5:15-7pm MIEC Business Meeting

7-8pm Breakout Sessions

Saturday, March 24, 2018

9-9:30am Announcements/Networking Cafe

9:30-11:45am Breakout Sessions

12-1:30pm Plenary Session


MIEC Distinguished Service Award Presentation

Keynote Speaker

Closing Ceremony



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