6650 E. Broadway • Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Phone: 989-775-4750 • Fax: 989-775-4770
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Contact:
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 - March 10, 2008

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan    The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a panel discussion entitled, The American Indian Movement (AIM): An Impetus for Tribal Sovereignty, on Saturday, March 15 at 2pm.  This event is in support of the Ziibiwing Center's new changing exhibition HANTA PO - All of You Out of My Way,
Dick Bancroft - A Photographic Retrospective of the American Indian Movement
, 1968-2006

The American Indian Movement, 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 panel of Michigan American Indian activists will share their contributions and stories from the height of the American Indian Movement and discuss how the movement fanned a flame of self-determination and tribal sovereignty across North America. The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Ziibiwing Center's Sales & Events Coordinator, Stefanie Dombrowski, at (989) 775-4744.

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 located in Mt. Pleasant, and the recently opened Saganing Eagle Landing Casino in Standish, Michigan.

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