Published October 7, 2015
STANDISH, MICHIGAN — The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and their Saganing Tribal Center will be host to the “Lake Huron Discovery Tour” and the weekend long celebration of culture, heritage and history.
Friday October 9, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Saganing Tribal Center located on 5447 Sturman Rd in Standish MI, 48658 will mark the beginning of this first ever “Discovery Tour”. Designed to feature the heritage, culture and history of over 17 different communities throughout all of Northeast Michigan there is something for everyone to do.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is seizing the chance to educate the public to learn about the history of Columbus and transforming this day into a celebration of indigenous people and a celebration of social justice. It allows us people to make a connection between this painful history and the ongoing marginalization, discrimination and poverty that indigenous communities face to this day.
“I will be reading proclamations from several north east governmental entities proclaiming Monday, October 12, 2015 as Indigenous Peoples Day. It will be a proud day to be Native,” Chief Pego said. “There are many events throughout the Northeast region of Michigan that entire weekend celebrating the history and rich culture of the region. I encourage you to take time with your families and spend some time there.”
The Anishnaabeg Tribal community has been a rich and consistent part of the north east region of Michigan for thousands of years and has been a very big part of the history and culture of the region.
Friday’s event will be filled with information about the tour, Native language demonstrations and displays from the Ziibiwing Cultural Center. Proclamations from Otsego County Board of Commissioners, the City of Alpena and the North East Council of Governments will be read identifying Monday October 12, 2015 as Indigenous Peoples Day. Please visit on line at www.us23heritageroute.org for more information. Attached are schedules and locations for weekend long events.