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Tribal Observer Issue: February 15, 2006

Career Expo prepares youth for the future

The 12th Annual Career Expo provided insight on traditional values and lifelong education opportunities during the Feb. 9 and 10 event.

About 200 attendants were able to speak with 19 college and university representatives, employees from 17 Tribal departments and attend several Native workshops at the Soaring Eagle Resort.

Tribal youth accepted into People to People Academic Program

Bethany Hinmon, a student at Saginaw Chippewa Academy, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum.

Hinmon will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., March 13-19 to earn high school credit while studying leadership and exploring some of the United States’ most prominent monuments and institutions.

Ziibiwing Center opens new changing exhibit featuring woodcarvers

The art if woodcarving, or wood sculpture, has been a unique type of art to the Saginaw Chippewa Anishinabek.

Through the ages, Saginaw Chippewa woodcarvers have had a keen eye and possessed the ability to translate their vision from a piece of wood.

The Ziibiwing Center has just opened a new changing exhibit featuring the work of tribal member artists Frank Alberts, Smokey Joe Jackson, Gene Salgat and Robert Waynee.

The exhibit runs until July 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and includes two and three dimensional artwork with accompanying biographical information.

Wilson selected as new Tribal leader for Little River Band

MANISTEE (AP)—Patrick Wilson, an American Indian artist, was named as interim leader of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians on Feb. 8.

Wilson replaces Lee Sprague, whom the Tribal Council fired last week as ogema, or chief, of the 3,200-member Tribe.

Peacemakers honored

CMU natural history museum gets reprieve

The Central Michigan University Museum of Cultural and Natural History will remain open thanks to a cooperative plan developed by Provost Tom Storch and the deans of three colleges.

Little River Band leader removed

MANISTEE (AP)—Lee Sprague has been fired as leader of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, the culmination of a bitter feud with the Tribal Council over power sharing and blame for management snafus.

The council removed Sprague as ogema, or chief, after a sometimes emotional hearing that began in the morning of Feb. 2 and dragged past midnight. Roughly 100 Tribal members stayed until the bitter end, some debating fiercely while pleading for unity during a comment period.