2020 Native American Critical Issues Conference
Date: March 5-7, 2020
Location: Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Theme: Mother Earth
We are taught that the earth is our mother, Shkaakaamikwe, and the first teacher. The Anishinaabe term used for education is Kinomaage which literally translated means “the earth will show us the way”. Humans were the last of the beings to be placed on the earth. We are dependent on her and our older plant and animal brothers and sisters for our survival. We have a covenant with the Creator to live harmoniously in balance with nature and to reciprocate the love given to us every day by our Mother Earth. As humankind it is incumbent upon us to care for Shkaakaamikwe and protect all the beings that live here. Our future depends on it.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Devon Mihesuah
Keynote Speaker Bio:
Devon Mihesuah is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and is the Cora Lee Beers Price Professor in the Humanities Program at the University of Kansas. A historian by training, she is the author of numerous award-winning non-fiction and fiction books, including Ned Christie; Choctaw Crime and Punishment: 1884-1907; American Indigenous Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism, and Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness. Her 18th book, Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health, co-edited with Elizabeth Hoover, was published last fall. She is former Editor of the American Indian Quarterly and the University Nebraska Press book series, “Contemporary Indigenous Issues.” She oversees the American Indian Health and Diet Project at KU and the Facebook page, Indigenous Eating.
Agenda at a Glance (Youth Track Info Coming Soon):
Every year, the MIEC Board selects a group of highly skilled and interesting speakers to present at our Native American Critical Issues Conference. Presentations are selected based on their alignment with the theme of the conference and their relevancy to Native American education related issues in the State of Michigan.
Organizations and individuals that are able to submit a check covering the cost of their registration please make it payable to Michigan Indian Education Council. Please specify what the check is intended to cover (e.g. number of attendees, youth track or general track). Send checks to: Michigan Indian Education Council C/O Melinda Hernandez, 101 Loree Dr., East Lansing, MI 48823
If you are registering as a participant in the NASO Student Summit, you don’t need to register through Eventbrite. Students who participate in the NASO Student Summit will have lodging, travel, food, and conference fee covered, which will be taken care of by filling out the alternative form here. After students fill out the alternative form, Juri Sanchez will reach out with a confirmation email with additional information. If you have any questions, you can contact Juri Sanchez at email@example.com.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations and Sponsorship Opportunities:
If you or your organization is interested in making a donation, or co-sponsoring the conference, there are multiple ways to do this. For more information about donating or sponsorship opportunities click here.
Vendors: Contact Dr. Martin Reinhardt to reserve space at the conference. Limited spaces available. First come/first serve. email@example.com
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown (Closest to the Conference).
City Flats Hotel (Close by across the river).