Heart of the Turtle Gathering
INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS GLOBAL WARMING GATHERING
May 13-14, 2022
Mackinaw City, Michigan
Meeting ID: 858 8634 9437
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Friday, May 13, 2022
9:00 am.- 6:00 pm.
St. Anthony Reception Hall
600 W Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI
Speakers: Dan Hinmon, Chelsea Fairbank, Ed Timm, Roger Gauthier, Marshall Collins, Robert Gauthier, Sean McBrearty, Miskopwaaganikew Leora Tadgerson, Skyler Williams, Layla Staats, Amber George, Gerald Picard, Sherry Couture, Gerald Picard, Stanislav Ksenofontov, Viktoria Sharakhmatova, Elena Popova, Tatiana Degai, Varvara Korkina-Williams, Andrey Petrov and Martin Reinhardt.
Saturday, May 14, 2022
8:30 am – Treaty Plant Walk, wear head net
Mackinaw Area Historical Society Heritage Village,1425 West Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI (park in dirt parking lot across the street from Dark Sky Park on Headlands Rd). entrance will be marked.
9:45am walk to Mcgulpin Point begins (elders and handicap can park at Mcgulpin Point), everyone else leave cars at 1425 West Central (Headline Rd. entrance). Wear regalia, drums, jingle dress dancers. Jingle dress dancers will dance along the shoreline, then water ceremony by Beatrice Jackson, then LTBB Elder Al Carry and the 4 directions with offering to Mitshepeshue (underwater panther). All women invited by LTBB elders to wear ribbon skirts.
10:30am Cold water challenge (bring your swimsuits and towels). Participate in this annual event enjoyed by the Anishinabek to make your body strong. 10 straight days of diving immersing yourself in cold water. At your own risk. You can also splash water on your face if you don’t want to go into the cold water of the straits.
10:45am back to cars (we need to hurry).
11:00 – 11:30am move cars to St. Anthony Church Parking lot: 600 West Central Ave. Mackinaw City, MI.
11:30 am WE MUST LEAVE ON TIME, walk under bridge, along shoreline to Conklin Park. If your late just try to catch up. Wear Regalia. Anishinabek protocols will be adhered to. Eagle staffs in front with regalia.
12:30 pm Arrive at Conkling Park, 335 S. Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI.
12:30-1:30pm lunch on your own.
1:00 – 7:30 pm Vendors, live music, speakers, dance and more!
Speakers/Muscians: ABC Duo, Pavel Sulyandziga, Ray Whitehawk St. Claire, Jennifer Mcleod, Tom Binesiwegiizhig, Betsy Coffia, Holly Helton, Stacey Jane Ettawageshik, Skyler Williams, Layla Staats, Amber George, Gerald Picard, Robert Buechler, Steel & Wood/Irene Kazmers and Friends, Holly T. Bird, Lilly Cheng-Schulting, Nathan Wright, Amy Myszko, Ron Turney, Stuff, Elvel dancers (Tatiana Degai and Aleksandr Mokryi), Sakha khomus – Stanislav Ksenofontov, Sakha singer Elena Popova, Kumandin poem – Varvara Konkina-Williams and Northwoods Improvisers
Friday, May 13, 2022 (indoors)
St. Anthony Reception Hall 600 W Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI
Covid protocols are enforced. Please wear a mask at this indoor event. Speakers not wearing mask will maintain a distance when talking.
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|9:00am||Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson||Opening Ceremony|
|9:30 am||Chelsea Fairbank||All Pipelines are Connected: From Extraction to Reciprocity|
|10:00 am||Ed Timm|
|10:30 am||Roger Gauthier||Can a spill be contained/ cleaned-up?|
|11:00 am||Dan Hinmon||Wild Rice|
|11:30 am||Gerald Picard||Via video – new energy machine invention|
|12:00 pm – 1:00pm||Lunch (tamales and vegan tamales will be offered)||Front liner Sherry Couture follow by Siberian Indigenous performance by Tatiana Degai|
|1:30pm||Robert Buechler||A short history of the DNR to EGLE, a crash course in the fundamentals of hydrogeology, and the importance of the beaver who are nature’s water hoarders and protectors|
|2:00pm||Stanislav Ksenofontov, Viktoria Sharakhmatova, Elena Popova, Tatiana Degai, Varvara Korkina-Williams and Andrey Petrov||Indigenous Stories from Siberia|
|3:00pm||Miskopwaaganikew Leora L Tadgerson||Native American Boarding School Movement here in Michigan and Nationally|
|3:30pm||Amber George||via Video – Yintah Update|
|4:00pm||Marshall Collins and Holly T. Bird||Via Video Connection to police violence and how protectors need to be aware of such assumptions so they are not hurt. Some things to do if you’re confronted by the police.|
|4:30pm||Skylar Williams & Layla Staats||Via Video – – Land water and Human Defending and the connection with Land Back Movements, and speak to the blood and water documentary|
|5:00pm||Martin Reinhardt||Treaty Relations, Education, and Food This session with Dr. Martin Reinhardt will center on treaty relations between the Anishinaabe Three Fires Confederacy and others with a special emphasis on education and food.|
|5:30 – 6:00pm||Dinner (tentative)|
Saturday, May 14, 2022 (outdoors)
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|8:30am||Treaty Plant Walk wear bug net||Park across the Street from Darksky park on Headline Rd. at the Mackinaw Area Historical Society Heritage Village, 1425 West Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI|
|9:45am||Walk to Mcguplin Point (½ mile). 500 Headlands Rd, Mackinaw City, MI 49701. Elders and disability can park near light house, everyone else please stay at parking lot across the street from dark sky on Headlines||Wear regalia, bring drums, LTBB protocols will be followed. Walk, jingle dress dance for water, water ceremony by Bea Jackson, Offering to water panther ceremony with LTBB Elder, Al Carry and the 4 direction helpers.|
|10:30am||Cold water Challenge||Bring swimsuit and towel.|
|10:45am||Head back to cars|
|11:00am||Head to St. Anthony Church reception building (to left of church)||Park at St. Anthony Church|
|11:30am||Walk to Conkling Park, WE MUST LEAVE ON TIME||2 mile walk, from St. Anthony Church, under bridge, along shoreline then through city to Conkling Park, 335 S. Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI.|
|11:30am||Arrive at Conklin Park, go for lunch (on your own)||Do not park in Minogin, for staff and vendors only. Leave cars at St Anthony (unless you can find a closer spot)|
|12:30pm||ABC Duo||Folk Music, Conkling Park,|
|1:00pm||Welcome ceremony||Conkling Park, Beatrice Jackson|
|1:30pm||Tom Binesiwegiizhig||great flood story|
|2:30pm||Holly T. Bird & Stacey Jane Ettawageshik||MMIW and man camps|
|3:00pm||Ray Whitehawk St. Claire||Longest Walk|
|3:30pm||Only Luck Once||Musician|
|3:55pm||Steel & Wood / Irene Kazmers and Friends||Musician|
|4:30pm||Stuff||Land and Water Defending – the reality of what it is. The story of sacred waters|
|5:00pm||Elvel dancers (Tatiana Degai and Aleksandr Mokryi), Sakha khomus – Stanislav Ksenofontov, Sakha singer Elena Popova, Kumandin poem – Varvara Konkina-Williams||Siberian Russian Performance|
|6:00pm||Dinner break with Northwoods Improvisers||Musician|
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Marshall Collins is the Regional School Health and DEIB Coordinator for Northwest Education Services. He also serves as the Rec Director of Traverse Bay Area Youth Soccer overseeing the recreational program. Marshall received a degree in teaching from Concordia College and went on to teach at Northport Public School. During his ten years at Northport Public School, he taught K-12 Physical Education, Health, Social Studies, and coached sports. Mr. Collins has served as Northport Varsity Soccer Coach and Athletic Director. In 2010 Marshall accepted the Regional School Health Coordinator position at Northwest Education Services which includes program oversight of TBAISD’s SNAP ED Program, LifeSPAN, and Farm-to-School. His work also involves supporting the Grand Traverse Area in continual efforts in the realms of Social Justice.
Roger Gauthier retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Senior Hydrologist in 2002 having spent nearly 30 years with the U.S. federal government focusing on Great Lakes hydrology, hydraulics and geographic information. In 2002, he became a Program Manager with the Great Lakes Commission, managing regional data coordination, habitat restoration and atmospheric toxic control programs. Since retiring, Roger has chaired Restore Our Water International, a binational advocacy group with members in the U.S. and Canada, focused on improving management of water levels on the upper Great Lakes. Roger is a founding member and officer of the Straits of Mackinac Alliance a non-profit charity focused on protecting the waters of northern lakes Michigan and Huron. He is also a Director of the Les Cheneaux Watershed Council in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Ed Timm, PhD, PE graduated from the University of Michigan Chemical Engineering program in 1974 and went on to a thirty-year career with the Dow Chemical Company. He has extensive experience with process design, process development, process troubleshooting and process innovation. Over the course of this career, he was named as an inventor on 26 US Patents and won numerous industry awards. He retired in 2001 and developed an interest in environmental issues as a continuation of his work with Dow’s Environmental Operations Business. He is credited with being the key technical professional leading Dow’s very successful trace pollutant elimination effort. In his retirement he has provided technical advice to environmental organizations and regulators regarding issues ranging from mercury emissions from cement kiln dust waste to the conversion of sugarcane plantations on Maui to biofuel production. In 2014 he became interested in the Line 5 controversy. Since then, he has published work on the Monte Carlo simulation of pipeline external corrosion and an extensive analysis of the effect of currents and bioaccumulation on the structural stability of the Line 5 Straits crossing. In this talk he will discuss the safety of Line 5 and other pipelines from an experienced engineer’s perspective.
Chelsea Fairbank is a settler scholar of Irish and English ancestry. Chelsea’s work resonates from an urgency to center more-than-human communities during rapid environmental changes. She is interested in thoughts/actions which challenge assumptions around knowledge, justice, and environmental stewardship. Focusing on large-scale fossil fuel extraction sites, and the peoples/beings impacted in these zones, her work seeks to deconstruct political and economic on-goings of coloniality and dispossessions.
Daniel Hinmon has worked for The Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa for ten years and has been the Treaty Rights Enhancement Specialist for the Tribe for the last 4 years. Hinmon has been harvesting manoomin for 10 years and has been involved in manoomin restoration for 8 years, including helping to restore manoomin in the Kalamazoo River after the Enbridge oil spill in 2010. An extraordinary story teller, engaging others while connecting his tribe’s past to the future.Speakers/Presenters/Musicians/Artists
Skyler Williams is a Haudenosaunee man, from the Mohawk Nation of the Wolf Clan. Residing in the traditional territory of the Six Nations in the Haldimand Tract. He is a Father, Land, and Water Defender as well as a Human Rights Activist. Skyler has stood beside the Wet’wuwet’en on the Yintah, facing over 100 Militarized RCMP, attack dogs, and AR-15s to defend the pristine waters of the Wedzin kwa against the CGL (Coastal Gas Link) pipeline. He has also held ground at Fairy Creek, an old growth forest in So called BC, as well as in his own territory in 2006 and again in 2019 to present day, helping his people reclaim and hold not one but two major developments, securing the land for the generations yet to come. In addition to these movements Skyler is also active defending Human Rights assisting those that are facing housing challenges and working to keep them safe from police brutality. As the spokesperson for 1492 Land Back Lane Skyler has been and continues to be a driving force behind Land Back movements across Turtle Island.
Layla Staats is a strong, independent Haudenosaunee woman, mother, and musician. Layla has used her incredible talents to build the emotional, bold and strong documentary Blood and Water. Chronicling her life journey to reclaim her culture and her family’s experiences in the residential school system, in a way that opens the heart and mind to the traumas and triumphs of fighting against the colonial system and standing up for the water, land, and children. She has utilized her musical talents on some important stages, including being part of the Downie/Wenjack foundation Legacy tour which sought to raise awareness of the traumas of Residential School survivors and victims. Layla has braved the face of evil when she stood against the RCMP on the Wet’suwet’en YIntah, and continues to be a strong force behind the Land Back movement at 1492 Land Back Lane.
Amber George is a mixed-race Indigenous woman from the Wet’suwet’en Nation. She is also of Mohawk and European Settler lineage. She is Killer Whale/Grouse from the Likstamisyu House. Amber comes from a prestigious and long lineage of hereditary Chiefs and historical figures of the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en Nations. Her family is prominent in the advocacy of Indigenous rights in so called Canada, having fought since first contact for generations, in the fight for equal rights for non-status and status Indigenous, as well as off reserve members
Gerald Picard – After Completing Electronics from the University of Devry, Gerald was hired by TD Banks computer center for several years. Mr. Picard started his IBM career shortly after as one of the first high tech computer operators. He is an architectural Industrial Inventor and has developed new computer mainframe technology year after year along with developing software at the same time…whereby he was in the thick of all developing programs with IBM across the US. It is with these skill sets that he has invented a new technology the world has never seen before in the form of a clean renewable energy resource that removes human dependency away from all current forms of energy formation currently in use
Robert Buechler has been a Geologist for 43 years and a Hydrogeologist for the past 31 years. After a mining injury, Robert turned his attention to hydrogeology, and attended Western Michigan Universities Prestigious Hydrogeology Graduate Program where he received a Master of Science (M.S.) in hydrogeology. His Master’s thesis was on the City of Kalamazoo’s water well pumping Station #4 and the effects on the nearby Kleinstuck Nature Preserve and pond. The study was funded by the City and his study is now part of the curriculum at WMU. As the owner of Northern Environmental Solutions Robert has worked in Petoskey for the last 31 years. His services include water supply issues, aquifer analysis, contaminant detection and cleanup, Property transaction screen Phase I and II ESAs, and is also a wetlands expert. Robert has been an expert witness in numerous hearings. Now retiring, he is dedicated to using his training and experience to help stop the destruction of our water resources.
Martin Reinhardt was born and raised in Kamchatka land, Russia on the traditional grounds and with Itelmen people. My life, work, and research are inspired by rich heritage, worldviews, and wisdom of my people and Indigenous communities whose traditional lands I had an honor to visit and live on. My formal education is in Anthropology (MA, University of Alaska Fairbanks) and American Indian Studies (PhD, University of Arizona). I am currently an assistant professor at the department of Anthropology, University of Victoria, British Columbia and an Affiliate Assistant Professor of the Arctic Indigenous Studies at the Arctic, Remote, and Cold Territories, Interdisciplinary Center (ARCTICenter), University of Northern Iowa. My research centers around Indigenous visions to sustainability, Indigenous languages, and Indigenous arts. I maintain a strong connection with the Council of Itelmens of Kamchatka “Tkhsanom” working on language and culture revitalization, and community well-being.
Pavel Sulyandziga is an Udege elder and a prominent leader and defender from Russia who currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of the International Development Fund of Indigenous Peoples in Russia (BATANI). In 1991 he was elected as Chairman of the Indigenous Peoples Association of the Primorskiy Territory. In 1997 he was elected Vice-President and then in 2001 First Vice-President of the Russian Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East (RAIPON). From 2005 to 2010 he was a member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Pavel also served as member and chair of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights in 2011-2018.
Nathan Wright is a Founder of MackinawOde, a water protector collective based out of Northern Michigan. Wright began his advocacy for Indigenous and Environmental Rights with his father, Mike Wright, who was an early advocate for Native rights, and culture. Along with his father, Wright participated in the ﬁrst ‘Longest Walk’ in Washington DC. Wright has been actively protecting the water
from Line 5 for the past 7 years. From attending meetings, public speaking and coordinating protector actions, speaking to the media and participating or assisting in music videos and documentaries about Line 5, Wright has employed creative efforts to build bridges with aligned groups to spread the word of water protection and environmental advocacy.
Ray Whitehawk St. Claire is a veteran of the Longest Walk and a longtime member of The American Indian Movement. As an enrollee of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, he worked side by side with his close friend and mentor Dennis Banks for many years. Together they developed Muskrat Systems Inc, a social enterprise dedicated to creating success for Native people through renewable energy technology, workforce and community development, construction, and ﬁnancial education. Ray is known as a respected sta keeper and guardian of his family and First People relatives across Turtle Island and continues to ﬁght for their right to thrive.
Amy Myszko is a Water Protector who both works and lives on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota. Amy is originally from Cheyenne/Arapaho ceded treaty territory in Colorado and moved to MN after a year on the frontlines ﬁghting the Line 3 pipeline at multiple camps, including Manoomin Ganewendang Endazhigabeshing (Wild Rice Protector Camp) and the Firelight encampments. Amy is honored to now be working as the Program Director for the Niibi Center, whose mission is to protect the niibi and manoomin through supporting traditional Anishinaabe culture and speciﬁcally through uplifting indigenous women’s voices. She is also a musician and has been playing guitar and writing original songs for over 20 years.
Ron Turney is an Anishinaabe Water Protector from White Earth. Ron works with the Indigenous Environmental Network Media team and has been monitoring and documenting the damage caused by Enbridge’s Line 3 project. Ron has extensively documented many frac-outs at river crossings and the aquifer breach at Clearbrook, MN. With the use of drones and some new sensors collecting valuable data, he plans to keep up the pressure and hold Enbridge accountable. Ron is also part of Adookawad Amikwag, Those Who Help Beaver, an organized group of Water Protectors that have been conducting water testing at frack-out locations across Line 3. Doing the work the State Agencies refuse to do. His work is helping the MN Attorney General investigate Enbridge’s Line 3 project and has kept MN DNR and MPCA Commissioners engaged in conversations to help educate them of the damage to our wetlands and rivers.
Stuff is a Haudenosaunee Man from the Onondaga Nation and of the Large Eel Clan. He and his family have been Land Defenders, fighting for Land and Sovereignty within the Haldimand Tract for nearly 20 years. His sister was one of two women who began the first Land Back movement in the tract known as Kahnostaton in 2006 with her people and brother by her side. 1492 Land Back Lane began in 2020 and Stuff has been part of holding down the front-lines of 1492 Land Back Lane against Police Violence and Brutality, for nearly 3 full years living on the land building relationships with Allies and working with his people to grow the understandings and connections to traditional ways. Stuff has traveled to the Amazon Rain Forest in a cultural exchange program to learn from the traditional people and trade stories and cultural ideals. Always working toward unity among the Indigenous nations he was part of a group consisting of nations from the Haudenosaunee, Inuit, Lakota, Cree, Anishnabek, Algonquin, Innu, Kogi, Navaho, Okanagan, and Inago, Kofan and Siona from the Amazon who traveled 2,200 km from the Sioux Valley to Six Nations with Arvol Looking Horse as their Spiritual Leader and with the Hiawatha Belt to represent Six Nations, this historic Unity Run and Ride Event represents his passion for stopping the divides and helping to bring peace.
Miskopwaaganikwe – Leora Lynn Tadgerson, proud dual citizen of Gnoozhikaaning, Bay Mills and Wiikwemkong First Nations, teaches Indigenous Studies at Northern Michigan University with a concentration in Ojibwe language. She serves as Interim Director at the Student Equity and Engagement Center. She serves as Board President with the Native Justice Coalition and a newly appointed board member of the youth/water/racial equity organization, Title Track. Her research consists of restorative justice, truth telling and responsible reconciliation of the Native American boarding school era. In her free time she can be found with her three wonderful boys, Quinn, Shiloh and Evan.
Tatiana Degal was born and raised in Kamchatka land, Russia on the traditional grounds and with Itelmen people. My life, work, and research are inspired by rich heritage, worldviews, and wisdom of my people and Indigenous communities whose traditional lands I had an honor to visit and live on. My formal education is in Anthropology (MA, University of Alaska Fairbanks) and American Indian Studies (PhD, University of Arizona). I am currently an assistant professor at the department of Anthropology, University of Victoria, British Columbia and an Affiliate Assistant Professor of the Arctic Indigenous Studies at the Arctic, Remote, and Cold Territories, Interdisciplinary Center (ARCTICenter), University of Northern Iowa. My research centers around Indigenous visions to sustainability, Indigenous languages, and Indigenous arts. I maintain a strong connection with the Council of Itelmens of Kamchatka “Tkhsanom” working on language and culture revitalization, and community well-being.
Holly Helton-Anishinaabeqwa, is a descendant of St. Croix Band of Lake Superior Chippewa from Wisconsin, United States of America, and a member of the Marten clan. My mother is an enrolled member of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. As an indigenous youth growing up, I was never taught my language, due to the acts of assimilation and threat of boarding schools in my great-grandmother’s day. Today, my family is trying to revitalize the use of Anishinaabe in our household. My Anishinaabe name is “Ogimaakwe”, which means “Head Woman”. I currently work for the Global Indigenous Languages Caucus to help Indigenous communities to preserve/revitalize their languages by setting up language programs. I’m currently learning my language Anishinaabe, as well as teaching my two sons. I’m a graduate of UW-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with an emphasis on international relations and Indigenous Issues and completed my master’s degree in Special Education at UW-Madison.
Steel & Wood / Irene Kazmers and Friends is a Bluegrass band based in Petoskey. Members participating in the 2022 International Indigenous Global Warming Gathering include John A. Neiswander on guitar/vocals, Irene Kazmers on fiddle/ guitar/vocals and John Belfy on upright bass, with contributions by guest musician friends, singer and Water Protector Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson, Linda Hammond and Pamela Luce. Irene and Linda are singer-songwriters with environmental concerns reflected in original songs, such as “Earth Song” , “Shut Down Line 5” (to view music video featuring Water Protectors go online to “YouTube Irene Kazmers”), and Linda’s composition “Oil Doesn’t Mix with Water”.
Jennifer Lynn McLeod, is an eagle clan, a wife, and grandmother. My parents Laurence and Carleen McLeod raised me in a rural setting outside of Pontiac, Michigan. The oldest of seven siblings, I graduated from high school (1973), started college and at 19 years of age I was the Executive Director of the Oakland County American Indians, Inc. (a social service agency operating under a CETA grant). I learned to manage State programs, help people find jobs, food, clothing, housing and health care. I have owned my own graphics design business and worked as a subcontractor on a Department of Defense program. I moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in 1998 and discovered a new passion at the Hannahville Indian School… Teaching. The students were amazing, and, at their request, I went back to college, earned my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and graduated Summa Cum Laude. I have been educating tribal students ever since, teaching about our culture and our language in addition to reading, writing and arithmetic. This passion for children brought me to a new career as a Tribal councilwoman for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. I served two terms, and have found in this way, I can make a better world for my Tribe. In addition to my duties as a Tribal Council member, I serve my Tribe by participation in the following:
Tribal Experience (committees, governance, volunteer, projects, etc.),
Chairperson, JKL Fiduciary Committee;Chairperson, Tribal Leaders Working Group USDA; Tribal Chairperson, CHAP TAG; TAP to Combat Substance Abuse; Tribal Drug Court; Constitutional Review Committee; Sault Tribe Gaming Authority; Sault Tribe Culture Committee; Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes; United Tribes of Michigan; Early Head Start Policy Committee; BOD Advisory Early Childhood Committee; Delegate – National Congress of American Indian; Board Member, Association of Community Tribal Schools; Secretary of the Board, Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority; Department of Justice, Intertribal Working Group VAWA
Stacey Jane Ettawagwskik Aanii Boozhoo, Giigoonkakwe ndizhinikaaz Piipegwa ndodem Odaawa ndaaw Biidaasige ndoonjibaa (Hello, my spirit name is fisher woman I am from the Little Hawk Clan, I am Odawa and I am from Petoskey, Michigan. I’m Stacey Ettawageshik, a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) in Petoskey, MI). I am the Lead Survivor Outreach Specialist for Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) within the LTBB Department of Human Services. I have been with LTBB SOS since January 2013 and have played an integral part in assisting survivors and helping the program expand and grow stronger. It has always been a goal of mine to work for my own people and make a difference. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Grand Valley State University; April 2012 and my Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University; May 2018. Since June 2018, I have obtained my Master’s Social Worker Limited License. I am very passionate about empowering indigenous women and striving to end domestic/sexual violence and the MMIR (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives) crisis in Indian Country. I have also been the Board President of the Michigan Tribal Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition: Uniting Three Fires Against Violence since 2015. Anishinaabek Caucus member since 2020.
Northwoods Improvisers were formed in 1976 and have released over 15 recordings on various labels through the years. The current ensemble line up has been playing together for five years. With bassist Mike Johnston and drummer Nick Ashton playing together for over 35 years. Northwoods play creative improvised Jazz music that is highly influenced by World Music sounds and styles.
Holly T. Bird (San Felipe Pueblo/Apache/Yaqui/Perepucha/European) has a long history of community activism in both environmental and Indigenous issues. In college she canvassed for the Public Interest Research Group in MI, an environmental lobbying group focusing on water contamination. While attending law school in the late 90’s Holly created the Illinois Native American Bar Association and is credited for removing the “Redskins” mascot from a local school system. She is a published author of articles involving Native American law and indigenous rights that are quoted regularly by the US Office of Civil Rights. She has provided statewide trainings on Indian child welfare and Native issues for the state of Michigan.
In 2008, Ms. Bird was appointed as an Acting Chief Judge / Associate Judge for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, where she served until 2011. In 2010, she was appointed to serve as an Associate Supreme Court Judge for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians and continues in that capacity today. In 2013, Ms. Bird was awarded the prestigious American Arbitration Association’s 2013 Higginbotham Fellowship and became the first Native American arbitrator in the US.
Ms. Bird served as Co-Executive Director for the Water Protectors Legal Collective, the leading legal service at the NoDAPL camp/protest in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She was, notably, WPLC’s Civil Ground Coordinator at the NoDAPL camp, and has also served as a Board Member. She also founded and serves as the Executive Director for the MI Water Protectors Legal Task Force, a project of the National Lawyer’s Guild. Currently, Ms. Bird serves as Co-Executive Director for Title Track, a Michigan nonprofit dedicated to clean water, racial equity, and youth empowerment. Ms. Bird also maintains a private practice in Traverse City, concentrating in matters of Native American, cannabis, family, juvenile, criminal, civil, traffic, real estate, probate, employment and business law. Ms. Bird is a member of the Mindimooyehn Healing Circle and promotes love, healing, and community whenever possible.
Dr. Stanislav (Saas) Ksenofontov is an IASC fellow (SHWG 2018) and an indigenous social scientist from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia. He earned his Ph.D. on vulnerability of social-ecological systems of Arctic Yakutia in the context of global change from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Besides, Dr.Ksenofontov’s research interests span across sustainability of indigenous communities, indigenous knowledge, Russian megaprojects, and Asian interests in the Arctic. Currently, he is a postdoc scholar at the ARCTICenter, University of Northern Iowa, USA.
Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson, is a Tsimphean/Nicola Anishinaabe originally from Yakima, Washington. She is a Grandmother of the Three Fires Midewewin Lodge. Her responsibilities include ensuring the continuance of the teachings passed on from past generations on into the future. She is a sixteen year SunDancer, a carrier of the water prayer, a veteran of Standing Rock, and a principal keeper of the Anishinaabe wisdom and traditions. She has a BA in Social Work from Michigan State University and a BSDegree from Ferris State University in Education. Beatrice studied/apprenticed in native practices for many years with elders of the community. She is a producer and director of several movies and a member of the Snow Bird Singers hand drum group and the Women of Traditions Hand Drum Group. She enjoys hunting, gathering and living a traditional lifestyle.
Sherry Couture (Diver) is from Nagaajiwanaag (Fond du Lac Reservation). “Being Anishinabee is not a privilege, it is a responsibility.” – Jimmy Jackson
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