2019 Native American Critical Issues Conference

Date: March 7-9, 2019

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

Theme: 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.

Key-Note Speaker: TBD

Key Note Speaker Bio: Coming Soon!

Online Registration: Coming Soon!

*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: Coming Soon!

Youth Track Agenda at a Glance: Coming Soon!

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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

6-8pm Pre-conference Meetings and Workshops

Friday, March 8, 2019

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 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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