Indigenous Peoples' Day: Opening Ceremony (Session #1) *Moved to Zoom

by Native American Student Association (NASA)


Mon, Oct 12, 2020

10 AM – 11 AM EDT (GMT-4)

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Notice: Due to the weather, the Opening Ceremony for Indigenous Peoples' Day will be moved online, as this was our set rain "location" over to Zoom. Use this link to attend:

Come join the Native American Student Association during the Opening Ceremony of Indigenous Peoples' Day, on October 12th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Academic Mall of NMU's Campus! If you feel more comfortable watching from home, you can view the live stream of the event here:

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a momentous holiday that recognizes the past and current state of colonization for Indigenous Peoples. It celebrates our fortitude and resiliency to continue our Indigenous ways of life. Parts of our cultures, languages, and histories have been lost in the past, and are in danger of continuing to be lost today. This day reminds us of our responsibility as today’s Indigenous Peoples to reclaim our Indigeneity.

In the case of inclement weather, the Opening Ceremony will be moved over Zoom here:

Please contact NASA's President, Bazile Panek, at if you have any questions or comments.

Opening Remarks: Bazile Panek
Opening Song: Morning Thunder
Presidential Speech: Dr. Fritz J. Erickson
Talk #1: Emma Drever
Talk #2: Martin Reinhardt
Talk #3: Jud Sojourn
Closing Song: Morning Thunder


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Morning Thunder

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Dr. Fritz Erickson

University President

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Emma Drever

ASNMU President

My name is Emma Drever and I am a senior studying English and Spanish. I am passionate about civic engagement and advocacy, and hope to incorporate this work into my future plans.

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Martin Reinhardt

CNAS Faculty

Dr. Martin Reinhardt is an Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan. He is a tenured professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University. He is the president of the Michigan Indian Education Council, and the lead singer and songwriter for the band Waawiyeyaa (The Circle). His current research focuses on revitalizing relationships between humans and Indigenous plants and animals of the Great Lakes Region. He has taught courses in American Indian education, tribal law and government, and sociology. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the Pennsylvania State University, where his doctoral research focused on Indian education and the law with a special focus on treaty educational provisions. Martin serves as a panelist for the National Indian Education Study Technical Review Panel and as the primary investigator for the Decolonizing Diet Project. He has also served as Chair of the American Association for Higher Education American Indian/Alaska Native Caucus, and as an external advisor for the National Indian School Board Association. He also holds both a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree in Sociology.

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Jud Sojourn

CNAS Faculty

As a gikinoamaagenini (a teacher) from Wabanaking (the Dawnland), and an Assistant professor at the Center for Native American Studies since the fall of 2016, Jud Sojourn has focused on Anishinaabemowin renewal alongside developing approaches to teaching and learning language and Native American Studies general classes. He is interested in developing creative approaches to language curricula.

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