Indigenous Peoples' Day: Evening Ceremony

by Native American Student Association (NASA)


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Mon, Oct 11, 2021

6 PM – 9 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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136 Whitman Hall Commons

Norway Avenue, Marquette 49855, United States

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Welcome to the Evening Ceremony portion of Indigenous Peoples' Day!

This evening's ceremony will include a talk by our Keynote Speaker, Rebecca M. Webster. There will be a panelist discussion featuring an NMU staff panelist, NMU student panelists, and a community member panelist. To end the night, we'll celebrate with some live music.


136 Whitman Hall Commons

Norway Avenue, Marquette 49855, United States


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Rebecca Webster

Ukwakhwa Inc

Dr. Rebecca M. Webster is an enrolled citizen of the Oneida Nation and an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Indian at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her research interests focus on tribal governance and food sovereignty. She holds the philosophy that every time an indigenous person plants a seed, that is an act of resistance, an assertion of sovereignty, and a reclamation of identity. With these goals in mind, an Oneida faithkeeper named their 10 acre farmstead Ukwakhwa: Tsinu Niyukwayay╩îthoslu (Our foods: Where we plant things). Based on their farming practices, they started a YouTube Channel called Ukwakhwa (Our Foods) where they share what they learned about planting, growing, harvesting, seed keeping, food preparation, food storage, as well as making traditional tools and crafts. To help this endeavor, family and friends formed Ukwakhwa Inc, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping share knowledge about our traditional indigenous foods. Dr. Webster is also a founding member of OheÔêÖláku (among the cornstalks) a co-op of 10 Oneida families that grow 6 acres of traditional, heirloom corn together.

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Amber Morseau


Center for Native American Studies

Amber Morseau (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians). Director of the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University. An alumna of Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s of science in psychology and anthropology (2016) and a master’s of arts in educational leadership, higher education student affairs (2018).  She has served as the Native American Recruitment Coordinator under the Wokini (whoa-kee-nee) Initiative at South Dakota State University and later became the American Indian Programs Coordinator. Her time at SDSU brought growth and inspiration for her to go beyond programming and recruitment to research to promote cultural connectedness to science in; “Storytelling through Science: Using Oral History and Chemistry to Revitalize Quill Working Societies,” a project focusing on decolonizing curriculum in tribal schools and the rematriation of traditional knowledge in contemporary education. She is the Secretary of the Michigan Indian Education Council. As the Director of the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University, she applies her knowledge and passion for student and community growth by supporting faculty autonomy in the classroom, supporting student-led initiatives, and providing research bridges and opportunities between academic and tribal communities.

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Danny J. Garceau

Danny is Anishinabe and his ancestors include members of several tribes of the Lake Superior Chippewa.  His great grandfather was Animodoskwan (Plenty Dogs), a LaPointe Chippewa of Madeline Island.  He currently serves as a Director on the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) Board and as the Director of the SAIGE Warrior Society.   Danny has served on the SAIGE board since 2007 to include two terms as the Chair from 2008 to 2012. 

In 2007 after 30 years of active duty with the United States Army and Army National Guard he retired with the rank of Sergeant Major.  His last duty assignment was as the Michigan Army National Guard Recruiting Command Sergeant Major.  He is a Master Badge recruiter and Chief’s 50 awardee.  He also served as the Recruiting and Retention Command Area IV Sergeant Major Chair.  SGM Garceau served on the Michigan Diversity Council for seven years as the Strength Maintenance Advisor and as the Native American Special Emphasis Manager. His formal education includes the University of Phoenix, Vincennes University and Northern Michigan University.  In 2002, he graduated with honors from the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Danny lives in the homeland of his ancestors on the southern shores of Lake Superior with his wife Diane and grandson Misajiidamoo (Grey Squirrel), Logan.  He is an active member of several organizations including; commander of AMVETS Post 122, treasurer of the 107th Engineer Retired Officer Association, Road Captain with the Patriot Guard Riders, Blackhorse Association /Blackhorse Cavalry Regiment Motorcycles, Michigan Bikers Helping Veterans, DAV, American Legion and serves on the Honor Guard for the Wiikwedong Ogitchidaa Society for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.   He sings with local drums Morning Thunder and Teal Lake.  Danny also plays native flute and plays with the organic indigenous rock group Waawiyeyaa.

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Bazile Panek


Bazile Panek is a proud member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and he was born and raised on the Red Cliff reservation. Bazile is heavily involved with his culture, regularly attending ceremonies and cultural events. In recent years, he has become a leader in his community by teaching others how to play Moccasin Game.

Currently, Bazile is a senior studying Native American Studies with minors in Sustainability and Entrepreneurship at Northern Michigan University (NMU). He has had the honor to serve and participate in various committees and organizations. At NMU, Bazile is the current President of the Native American Student Association, he serves as the Student Representative on the President’s Committee on Diversity, as well as on the Center for Native American Studies’ Curriculum Committee. At home, Bazile is a board member on the Red Cliff Business Development Corporation. Bazile has also served on various ad hoc committees, and he has educated many people about Native American culture, language, and history. Recently, Bazile was instrumental in advocating for the official recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day by Northern Michigan University.

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