Public Lecture at CMU

"Language, Identity, and Native Rights"​
Thursday, April 10
7:00 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium
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This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Olga J. and G. Roland Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies​ at Central Michigan University.​​


Visiting professor Eddie Benton-Banai teaches a course at Central Michigan University (9/18/2009)
Bawdwaywidun, or Edward Benton-Banai, is an Ojibway-Anishinabe of the Fish Clan from the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in Wisconsin. A strong advocate for culture-based education and the relearning of sacred Anishinabemowin language, Benton-Banai is the presiding Grand Chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge. 

He has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota.  He is a pioneer in culture-based curriculum/Indian alternative education, believing that education should be built on one’s heritage and cultural identity, and should encourage spirituality, creativity, and cultural pride.  He founded the Red School House, an Indian-controlled school for children K-12 located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Along with Dennis Banks, and Clyde Bellcourt, he founded the American Indian Movement, arguably the most influential movements that has led to self-identity, pride and revival of American Indian culture for the last generation of Anishinabe people.  He was the American Indian Movement’s spiritual leader.  
He has received a number of awards and recognitions and is the author of two books: Generation to Generation and The Mishomis Book, the first book of its kind that provides an understanding of the sacred Midewiwin teachings written for Anishinabe families.

Ziibiwing Center Events

Friday, April 11
Forum on 7 Prophecies, 7 Stopping Places & 7 Grandfather/mother Teachings and the importance of this knowledge/acknowledgement today. 

6:00 p.m.
Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways 
6650 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant
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Saturday, April 12
This day will be dedicated to Ogitchedaw teachings/songs, honoring/feasting the Tribal Sacred & Ceremonial Collection (scrolls, Grandfather Waterdrum, pipes, pelts, etc.) and a Healing Ceremony.

11am: Welcome, full semaa & nibi ceremonies (Little Boy presiding)
12-1pm: Lunch
1pm: Ogitchedaw Teachings & Songs
4pm: Feast​
5pm: Honoring of the Sacred & Ceremonial Collection
8pm: Healing Ceremony  (private ceremony; not open to public)

Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways 
6650 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant
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