The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and Central Michigan University have a strong historic and cooperative relationship that complements each entity’s goals and encourages collaborative efforts to improve and enhance the quality of life of citizens of the region.
This has fostered educational initiatives, cultural events and speakers, and extensive Native American educational resources for the campus and tribal communities.
For example, leaders from CMU and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College signed an articulation agreement that provides easy transfer for tribal college students who wish to complete their studies toward a baccalaureate degree at CMU.
In April 2002, leaders from CMU and the Tribal Council signed a proclamation pledging their support for joint educational efforts and advancing an appreciation of global indigenous peoples. This led to CMU and the tribe jointly hosting a United Nations-funded international conference on indigenous issues in higher education in fall 2003.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe also has actively supported numerous CMU programs and events, including:
Native American Programs Office
Annual CMU Pow wow
Niijkewehn Mentoring Program