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2017

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways Opens New Exhibition

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan - "Standing Rock Solid: An Artistic Response to Threats to Our Land & Life" is a mixed-media exhibition of contemporary North American Indian artists illuminating the destruction and desecration of our Mother Earth. From the mountain of Mauna Kea in Hawaii to Standing Rock, North Dakota to Michigan's Kalamazoo River, Line 5, Nestle water piracy, and the Detroit and Flint water crises, people from all walks of life today are advocating and mobilizing to protect Mother Earth. This new exhibition explores our current environmental realities and opens to the public on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 12PM. Read More



2016

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways Host Walking With Our Sisters Memorial Installation

Over 1,181+ native women and girls in Canada have been reported missing or have been murdered in the last 30 years. Many vanished without a trace with inadequate inquiry into their disappearance or murders from the media, the general public, politicians and even law enforcement. This is a travesty of justice.



Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, CMU Archaeologists earn state recognition 2016 Governor's Awards for Historic Preservation Announced

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and Central Michigan University archaeologists partnered to conduct field schools at the site of the abandoned Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School. This collaboration between the two groups and the City of Mount Pleasant to honor and research the history of the site has garnered statewide recognition.



2015

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan to Repatriate Ancestral Human Remains from the University of Michigan’s Museum of Anthropological Archaeology

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and its Ziibiwing Cultural Society (Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways) will repatriate the ancestral human remains of 31 Native American individuals and15 associated funerary objects from the University of Michigan’s Museum of Anthropological Archaeology in Ann Arbor, Mich. on November 23-25, 2015.



The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan to Repatriate Native American Ancestral Human Remains from the American Museum of Natural History, Toledo Zoological Society and Dearborn Historical Museum

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and its Ziibiwing Cultural Society (Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways) will repatriate the ancestral human remains of forty-one (41) Native American individuals from the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, New York; one (1) Native American individual from the Toledo Zoological Society, Toledo, Ohio; and one (1) Native American individual from the Dearborn Historical Museum, Dearborn, Michigan during the week of May 18-22, 2015.



2014

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan to Repatriate Native American Ancestral Human Remains from Michigan State Police Lakeview Post #64
Dec. 16, 2014

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and its Ziibiwing Cultural Society (Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways) will repatriate the ancestral human remains of (1) one Native American individual from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post #64 located in Ionia County. Simultaneously, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi will repatriate the ancestral human remains of (3) three Native American individuals from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post #64 located in Ionia County. Both Tribes will sign the Transfer of Possession legal documents with officials from the MSP Lakeview Post #64 on Thursday, December 18, 2014. The planned repatriation and reburial will be executed in cooperation with the Michigan Anishinaabek Cultural Preservation & Repatriation Alliance (MACPRA).



The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan to Repatriate Native American Ancestral Human Remains and Associated Funerary Objects from the University of Michigan
Nov. 3, 2014

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and its Ziibiwing Cultural Society (Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways) will repatriate the ancestral human remains of 94 Native American individuals and 812 associated funerary objects from the University of Michigan's Museum of Anthropological Archaeology in Ann Arbor, Michigan on November 16-19, 2014.



The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan to Repatriate Ancestral Human Remains
April 22, 2014

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and its Ziibiwing Cultural Society (Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways) will repatriate the ancestral human remains of one (1) Native American individual and 762 associated funerary objects from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts; and a minimum number of three (3) Native American individuals from Michigan State Police, Houghton Lake Post, Houghton Lake, Michigan.



Michigan Civil Rights Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights to Meet, Host Public Forum in Mt. Pleasant
March 24, 2014

Mt. Pleasant/Isabella County visit celebrates the Department’s 50th anniversary



Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is proud to announce its changing exhibit entitled: Debwewin – Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School Experience.
March 14, 2014

The exhibit will open on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at noon to the public until September 30, 2014.



2012

William Johnson receives Distinguished Professional Service Award from the Historical Society of Michigan
October 3, 2012

As a result of his dedication to local history and his culture, Willie Johnson of the Ziibiwing Center was honored by the Historical Society of Michigan with one of the highest awards that they hand out.



The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways are pleased to announce that they are the recipients of a National Park Service Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) grant
August 21, 2012

The grant will support the Tribe's efforts in repatriating ancestral human remains and associated funerary objects from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Ziibiwing Center has been working diligently on behalf of the tribe since 2004 to bring home ancestors from the University of Michigan's Museum of Anthropology.



2011

The The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and Exclusive Sponsor, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., concluded the 2011 Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Program this December.
December 16, 2011.

The 2011 Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Program was a great success for the Center. Four workshops were held focusing on four different mediums including black ash basketry, classic animation cel painting, beadwork, and pottery. There was an overwhelming response from the community for both the adult and youth workshops. Through these workshops, the Ziibiwing Center taught Woodland Indian art education to a total of 76 adults and 1,054 youth over the course of the year.



The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways hosted a three-day celebration of American Indian culture aptly named NativeFest on
August 3 - 5, 2011.

The Center partnered again this year with Exclusive Sponsor, PNC Bank and set record-breaking attendance at Car Bingo.



The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and their Exclusive Sponsor, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., present the second of four Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Programs Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 2011.

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and their Exclusive Sponsor, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., present the second of four Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Programs Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 2011. Dawn Jackson will lead the workshop and present Woodland Indian imagery in a contemporary form by using classic animation cel painting techniques. The 5-day Cel-Painting Adult Workshop is $35 per participant.



The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and Sundance Institute Present Workshops and Films as part of Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue, May 15-17, 2011

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways, the Midwest's Premier American Indian museum, and the internationally renowned Sundance Institute will present May 15-17, 2011, Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue, a cultural exchange program designed to enhance cross-cultural understanding, collaboration and dialogue around the globe by engaging audiences through the exhibition of film and conversation with filmmakers.



The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will open a new changing exhibition entitled, "Indigital: Reflections of a Tribal Community," on Saturday, March 5 with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at 12pm.

Bear witness to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan's diverse and dynamic cultural heritage. Flash on the sights of our indigenous society as seen through the lens of the Ziibiwing Center's Photography Club Members and pulse to the sound of an ethno-techno beat in our new changing exhibition.



The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and their Exclusive Sponsor, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., present the first of four Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Programs Monday, February 7 - Friday, February 11, 2011.

Kelly Church will lead the workshop and focus on Great Lakes Indian Fiber Arts including black ash basketry and birchbark biting techniques. The 5-day Fiber Arts Adult Workshop is $35 per participant.



2010

Ziibiwing Center Awards $16,000 to Master North American Indian Artists

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways awarded over $16,000 to twenty-four North American Indian artists during a very well attended VIP Preview event in the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort's Entertainment Hall on Friday, October 1. A member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, Amado M. Pena, Jr.'s piece entitled "Mestizo Series: Sea Ania" was recognized as this year's Best of Show winner.



Beaverton Resident Jennifer L. Jones Wins Grant for Ziibiwing Center

Sappi Fine Paper North America announced that Jennifer L. Jones, Cultural Arts Specialist at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways, who resides in Beaverton, has been awarded a grant from Sappi's 11th Ideas that Matter- an annual, innovative grant program that transforms the creative ideas of designers into a powerful force for social good. The grant will fund an American Indian Boarding Schools 8th Grade Supplementary Curriculum Guide benefiting 8 schools near the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribes' reservation. Approximately one thousand 8th grade students will be impacted.



Ziibiwing Center Awarded Prestigious Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, through its cultural center and museum, the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways, will begin the "Ziibiwing Center's Cultural Heritage & Education Project" to create formalized cultural and educational programs and delivery tools that align with Michigan Department of Education standards for curriculum and grade level.



Ziibiwing Center Presents Indigenous Peoples Art Market October 2 & 3 2010

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is pleased to announce it will be presenting the 8th Indigenous Peoples Art Market on October 2 and 3, 2010 in the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort's Entertainment Hall.



The Dr. Mike & Linda Shinkle Collection: People of the Turtle

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will open a new changing exhibition entitled, "The Dr. Mike & Linda Shinkle Collection: People of the Turtle," on Saturday, Jan. 30 with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at 12pm. The exhibit grand opening is free and open to the public.



2009

Ziibiwing Concludes 2009 Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Programs

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and Exclusive Sponsor, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. concluded the 2009 Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Program this November. The 2009 Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Program was a great success for the Center. Four workshops were held focusing on four different mediums including black ash basketry, corn husk doll making, quillwork, and beadwork.



Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Programs - Dr. Suzanne L. Cross

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and Exclusive Sponsor, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. present the fourth and final Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Program on Monday, Nov. 9 - Friday, Nov. 13, 2009. Dr. Suzanne L. Cross will focus on traditional and contemporary styles of beadwork.



Eagle Feather Cleansing, Honoring, and Feast Oct. 21-23

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways along with members of the Anishinabe Ogitchedaw Veteran & Warrior Society, Eagle Clan will host an Eagle Feather Cleansing, Honoring, and Feast Oct. 21-23.



Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Programs - Mina Toulouse

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and Exclusive Sponsor, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. present the third of four Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Programs on Monday, Sept. 14 - Friday, Sept. 18, 2009. Mina Toulouse will lead the workshop and focus on traditional quill box making.



3rd Annual Monarch Butterfly Celebration - September 12, 2009

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways presents a Monarch Butterfly Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 1-5pm.



NativeFest Hosted on August 5 - 7, 2009

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways hosted a three-day celebration of American Indian culture aptly named NativeFest on August 5 - 7, 2009. The Center partnered this year with Exclusive Sponsor, National City.



NativeFest on Aug. 5-7

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a three-day celebration of American Indian culture aptly named NativeFest on Aug. 5-7. This year our Exclusive Sponsor is National City. NativeFest honors the community, kicks-off American Indian Sobriety Month, and supports the annual Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Pow Wow which will be held at the Tribal Campground on Tomah Rd. the weekend of August 7-9, 2009.



Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan's first e-commerce website, www.NativeDirect.com

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council was joined by members from the Ziibiwing Center's Board of Directors and staff as they celebrated the launch of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan's first e-commerce website, www.NativeDirect.com. A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony took place on July 21 at 11am in the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council chambers located in the Tribal Operations Building.



"Artistic Expressions of the Great Lakes Indians" closing Saturday, Aug. 8.

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will be closing the changing exhibition "Artistic Expressions of the Great Lakes Indians" on Saturday, Aug. 8. The exhibit will be open from 10am - 6pm for its final public viewing.



American Indian Dance - Awaken Your Spirit

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is presenting a glimpse into the history, significance, and styles of cultural dance called American Indian Dance - Awaken Your Spirit every Saturday in July. The intimacy of this program is designed to provide an opportunity for audience interaction with the dancers.



Summer Solstice Anishinabemowin Immersion Cultural Teaching & Feast

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host the Summer Solstice Anishinabemowin Immersion Cultural Teaching & Feast in conjunction with the Grandmothers' Petroglyphs Cleansing Ceremony on June 21 from 11am-3pm.



Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Programs - Catherine Nagy Mowry

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and Exclusive Sponsor, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. present the second of four Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Programs on Monday, June 15 - Friday, June 19, 2009. Catherine Nagy Mowry will lead the workshop and focus on traditional Miami corn husk figures and clothing making.



Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Programs - Renee "Wasson" Dillard

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and Exclusive Sponsor, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. present the first of four Artist-in-Residence Mentoring Programs on Monday, March 9 - Friday, March 13, 2009. Renee "Wasson" Dillard will lead the workshop and focus on Great Lakes Indian basketry techniques and mediums. The 5-day Basketry Workshop is $25 per participant.



Artistic Expressions of the Great Lakes Indians

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will open a new changing exhibition entitled, Artistic Expressions of the Great Lakes Indians, on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 3:30pm. The exhibit grand opening is free and open to the public.



2008

Anishinabe Santa

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a very special visit from Anishinabe Santa. His toboggan is scheduled to arrive on the grounds of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan's Ziibiwing Center. You can bring the kids to tell Anishinabe Santa their wish lists and get their picture taken with the "Big Guy" on Saturday, December 13 and Saturday, December 20 from 10am-5pm



Ziibiwing to host a one-day artifact collection - January 19, 2009

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a one-day collection showing of personal artifacts from the Ziibiwing Center Permanent Collection on Saturday, November 15, 2008 from 10am-3pm. Many of these cultural materials have never been displayed to a general audience.



Ziibiwing Center awards $16,000 to Master North American Indian Artists

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways and Exclusive Sponsor, Charles Schwab, awarded over $16,000 to 24 North American Indian artists during a very well attended VIP Sneak Preview event in the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort's Entertainment Hall on Friday, October 3. A member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Katrina Mitten's piece entitled "Indigenous" was recognized as this year's Best In Show winner.



Ziibiwing Center Presents Indigenous Peoples Art Market
October 4 & 5 2008

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is pleased to announce it will be presenting the 7th Indigenous Peoples Art Market on October 4th and 5th, 2008 in the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort's Entertainment Hall.



NativeFest 2008, A Celebration Of Indian Culture

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways hosted a three-day celebration of American Indian culture aptly named NativeFest July 30-August 1, 2008. The Center partnered this year with Exclusive Sponsor, National City.



NativeFest - Coming Soon

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a three-day celebration of American Indian culture aptly named NativeFest on July 30-August 1, 2008. This year our Exclusive Sponsor is National City. NativeFest honors the community, kicks-off American Indian Sobriety Month, and supports the annual Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Pow Wow which will be held at the Tribal Campground on Tomah Rd. the weekend of August 1-3, 2008.



American Indian Dance - Awaken Your Spirit

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways is presenting a glimpse into the history, significance, and styles of cultural dance called American Indian Dance - Awaken Your Spirit every Saturday in July. The intimacy of this program will provide an opportunity for audience interaction with the dancers.



Moccasins of the Great Lakes Anishinabek

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways, in conjunction with the Great Lakes Logging and Indian Culture Museum of Saginaw, Michigan, will host an exhibition entitled Moccasins of the Great Lakes Anishinabek on Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 10am-3pm.



The American Indian Movement (AIM): An Impetus for Tribal Sovereignty

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.



Bandoleer Bags of the Great Lakes Anishinabek

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a very special collection showing on Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 10am-3pm entitled Bandoleer Bags of the Great Lakes Anishinabek. The fully-beaded bandoleer bags that will be featured are from the Richard Pohrt Jr. Collection of Ann Arbor, Michigan.



HANTA PO - All of You Out of My Way, Dick Bancroft - A Photographic Retrospective of the American Indian Movement, 1968-2006

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.



2007

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a very special visit from the Anishinabe Santa

His toboggan is scheduled to land on the grounds of the Ziibiwing Center in December. You can bring the kids to tell Anishinabe Santa their wish lists and get their picture taken with the "Big Guy" on Saturday, December 1 from
10am - 5pm and Saturday, December 8 from 10am-5pm.



Caleb E. Calkins Collection

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a very special collection showing from 10am-3pm on Saturday, November 17, 2007 featuring Dine' (Navajo) blankets and rugs from the Ziibiwing Center's Caleb E. Calkins Collection.



Three-Day Fired Pottery Workshop

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a three-day pit fired pottery workshop led by award-winning artist Shirley Brauker on September 19-21. The workshop will be followed by a very special collection showing on Saturday, September 22 featuring southwest pottery from the Ziibiwing Center's Caleb E. Calkins Collection.



NativeFest 2007

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways will host a three-day cultural celebration July 31-August 2 aptly named NativeFest. The goals for NativeFest are to honor the community, kick-off American Indian Sobriety Month, and support the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan's annual Pow Wow which will be held at the Tribal Campground August 3-5.



Bike Blessing & Rez Ride

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways held its third annual Bike Blessing & Rez Ride on Saturday, June 2. 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 establishment, the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. One of the goals for the Bike Blessing & Rez Ride was to raise awareness and support for disabled veterans. This year's Exclusive Sponsor was Charles Schwab, a leading provider of financial services for individual investors.