2019 Native American Critical Issues Conference


2019 Presenter Form (if it’s not working, try to right click on the link and select ‘Save Link As…’)

Date: March 7-9, 2019

Location: West Bay Beach Holiday Inn Resort in Traverse City, Michigan

Theme: Kchi piitendaakwat Nesewin (Air – The Sacred Breath of Life)

We originate from the sacred breath of the Creator, an expression of the first thought. As we breathe in the smoke from the pipe and exhale, our prayers are carried on eagle feathers as they fly into the air and touch the rest of creation. Our Native languages carry our cultural values and traditions from generation to generation. As Indigenous peoples, we have a responsibility to revitalize Native languages and protect Mother Earth so future generations will be able to hear and understand the voices of our ancestors. It is our duty to help heal the wounds caused by humans including those that have damaged the sky world. Our thoughts, narratives and our practices in traditional and scientific endeavors should be aligned with this theme to restore Mother Earth in order to provide for future generations.

Kina gwaaya nendwendan Nesewin (Everybody needs air).

Kina gego maadziimgad nji Nesewin (Everything is alive on account of air).

Naakdoowendandaa Nesewin (Let’s take care of Air).

Key-Note Speaker:

Eric Hemenway, the Director of Repatriation, Archives and Records at Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Key Note Speaker Bio: 

Eric Hemenway, Anishnaabe/Odawa from Cross Village, Michigan, is the Director of Repatriation, Archives and Records for LTBB Odawa. Eric has worked on numerous repatriations under Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGRPA), as well as serving on the NAGPRA Review Committee. In addition to repatriation work, Eric has worked on multiple exhibits, publications, presentations, lesson plans and signage projects that involve the history of the Odawa. Eric also serves as a board member for the following organizations: Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan Historical Society, Michigan Humanities Council, and Little Traverse Conservancy. He is a former board member for the Harbor Springs History Museum and Emmet County Historical Commission. His mother is Peggy Hemenway and grandmother is Leona Hemenway.

Online Registration: Click here for the link to Eventbrite to register.

*Note: The registration fee is $150 each for all attendees. The fee is 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.

Agenda at a Glance (Includes Youth Track Info): Click here to view the agenda at a glance.

Vendors: Contact Dr. Martin Reinhardt to reserve space at the conference. Limited to four spaces. First come/first serve. mreinhar@nmu.edu


West Bay Beach Holiday Inn Resort in Traverse City, Michigan

Call 1-800-888-8020 by Tuesday February 11, 2019 and use ID Michigan Indian Education Conference.

Conference rate is $89.95.

Conference Date

March 7-9, 2019

Conference Location

West Bay Beach Holiday Inn Resort in Traverse City, Michigan

General Track Conference Schedule At A Glance

Thursday, March 7, 2019

4-6pm Reception Dinner


Friday, March 8, 2019

7-9am Breakfast

8:30-10am Plenary Session

Opening Ceremony


General MIEC Election

Keynote Speaker

10:15-12:45pm Breakout Sessions

11:30am Youth track attendees should gather in hotel lobby to be transported to Northwestern Michigan College. Report to Collin Church.

12:45-1:45 Lunch Available for Purchase at Hotel

1:45-5:15pm Breakout Sessions

5:15-6:15pm Plenary Session


Saturday, March 9, 2019

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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