Community Highlights

By Nicole Hollway

Citizens Gerald Wesaw and Jason S. Wesaw led a drum making workshop for nine citizens this November, hosted by the Language & Culture Department.

Gerald prepared kits ahead of time for each participant so everyone had all of the materials needed to complete a hand drum. Jason shared the story of how men were gifted the drum by women, and he instructed participants in how to care for their drums once completed.

The Light the Way 5K is now a beloved annual tradition, and this year was no different as 166 community members braved the cold to run this course and support Diabetes Awareness Month. Families and friends enjoyed painting faces and walking and running together.

Chairman Matt Wesaw and other leaders of Michigan tribal nations attended a recent summit with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, at which they signed Executive Directive 2019-17. The executive directive reaffirms and extends Michigan's commitment to recognize the sovereignty and right of self-governance of Michigan's federally-recognized Indian tribes and orders each state department and agency to adhere to these principles.

Earlier this year, the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Ind. acquired more than 400 historic objects made by Indigenous peoples in the Great Lakes area. Because the collection includes dozens of items of appliqué, dedicated participants of Kë Wzhetomen Mizhathëwen, regalia making class, visited the Eiteljorg to see some of these items in person.