Annual Native American Critical Issues Conference underway at local university

MARQUETTE — After 17 years, the Michigan Indian Education Council brought their annual Native American Critical Issues Conference back up to the UP.

The conference started Thursday at the NMU University Center. This is the first time it has been held in Marquette. Activities include workshops throughout the day, cultural activities and a keynote speaker.

The MIECs main project for the year is bringing this conference to various locations in the state of Michigan.

“The National Indian education will be coming here out of Washington D.C., so talking about what is in the horizon for national Indian education. We will be discussing some issues on our stories related to our cultures. There is a lot of things here, we have a wide spectrum,” said Michigan Indian Education Council Board Member, Rochelle Ettawageshik.

Members are attending this event from all across the country and Canada to discuss Native American education and current issues that are impacting Native Americans across the state. A silent auction will also be held at the conference with all the funds going to support this annual event.