Christine Chivis Lanning
Published March 29, 2018
PINE CREEK INDIAN RESERVATION – The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribe mourns the passing of its Tribal Council Secretary Christine Lanning. She passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 28.
Lanning was devoted to her family first, but also devoted to her Tribe and to the employees of both the Tribal government and FireKeepers Casino Hotel, all of whom she regarded as family. Lanning genuinely cared about people. Her deep affection and appreciation was evident in her genuine smile and her famous hugs.
Lanning served as Tribal Council Treasurer from 2013 until her appointment as Secretary in August 2017. As a member of the elected Tribal Council, she served as chairperson for both the Culture Committee and the Elders Committee. She also served on the Michigan Community Service Commission following her appointment by Governor Rick Snyder in 2015.
Lanning had a special passion for her work to prevent domestic violence and to support and care for its survivors. She was a member of the board of directors for S.A.F.E Place women’s shelter, for which she was a tireless fundraiser and frequent volunteer. During Christine’s tenure on Tribal Council, she supported the implementation of NHBP’s Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction and Domestic Violence Code. Her efforts enabled survivors to find safety and live their lives free of abuse.
In Bodéwadmi (Potawatomi) culture, we often use the phrase “walked on” to describe a person’s journey from this life into the next. We are grateful for the way Christine walked during this life and how she used her gifts to make others’ walk a little easier.
The thoughts and prayers of the NHBP nation are with her family and friends at this difficult time.