The water plant tower in Flint, Michigan
Published April 15, 2016
FLINT, MICHIGAN – A coalition of Indigenous people from the United States and Canada will hold an intertribal water ceremony at the University of Michigan-Flint in Flint, Michigan on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. – Eastern on Saturday, April 16 outside of the William S. White building, 509 Harrison Street, on the UofM – Flint campus.
executive director of the United Tribes of Michigan and respected pipe carrier will participate in the water ceremony.
The water ceremony comes during the water crisis Flint is experiencing currently as the result of lead getting into the city’s drinking water system. The water system became contaminated after the city’s water switched taking water from the Flint River, instead of the Detroit River almost 20 months ago. The conversion took place as a cost saving measure.
Organizers of the water ceremony say it is being held in Flint “to honor and respect our water.”
The water ceremony is being billed as an international and intertribal effort with support from the 12 federally recognized tribes in Michigan, urban American Indian communities from Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing.
Intertribal Water Ceremony
Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 11:00 a.m. – Eastern
UofM – Flint, William S. White Building (outside), 509 Harrison Street, Flint, Michigan
If you are going:
- Bring a small amount of drinking water from your community for ceremony.
- Ladies, please wear ceremony skirts (long skirts)
- Bring camping/lawn chairs
A potluck feast will follow the ceremony. Attendees are asked to bring feast bundles (dishware) so zero waste is created.