6650 E. Broadway • Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Phone: 989-775-4750 • Fax: 989-775-4770
Open Mon. thru Sat. 10am - 6pm • Closed Sundays

Stefanie Dombrowski, Sales & Events Coordinator • sdombrowski@sagchip.org
Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways
6650 E. Broadway • Mt. Pleasant, MI  48858
Phone 989.775.4744 • Fax 989.775.4770 • www.sagchip.org/ziibiwing


For Immediate Release - January 14, 2008


Mt. Pleasant, Michigan    The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a new changing exhibition entitled, HANTA PO - All of You Out of My Way, Dick Bancroft - A Photographic Retrospective of the American Indian Movement, 1968-2006.  Dick Bancroft, a world-renowned photographer, will offer his insight into this remarkable collection of black & white and color images at the exhibit's grand opening ceremony to be held Saturday, January 26 at 12pm.

The American Indian Movement (AIM), one of the major civil rights movements in our history, was born from the dark violence of police brutality and voiceless despair of Indian people who were mired in the Minneapolis, Minnesota justice system in the 1960s.  The founders of AIM knew enough was enough for their people and others like them who were being denied basic human rights. AIM gave a voice to American Indian people by focusing on their spiritual, cultural, social, economic, and political lives.  Through struggles and ceremonies, occupations and education, the American Indian Movement created a new foundation that looks to both the past and the future of Indian Country.

The grand opening activities on Saturday, January 26 will also include a screening of a documentary film about the exhibit featuring the photographer, Dick Bancroft and the late Vernon Bellecourt, one of the American Indian Movement's leaders.  Following the film, a panel discussion will begin at 4pm with American Indian Movement Co-Founders: Clyde Bellecourt, Edward Benton Banai, and Pat Bellanger with moderation by the photographer, Dick Bancroft.  The exhibit grand opening ceremony and activities are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Ziibiwing Center's Curator, William Johnson, at (989) 775-4730.

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan is the Midwest's Premier American Indian Museum. Established in 2004, the Ziibiwing Center is a distinctive treasure created to provide an enriched, diversified, and culturally relevant educational experience through its award-winning Diba Jimooyung (Telling Our Story) permanent exhibit, changing exhibits, research center, Ojibwe language immersion room, and gift shop. The Ziibiwing Center is a non-profit cultural center and museum belonging to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan who also own Michigan's only four diamond casino resort, the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort.

# # # #