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Seven communities given grants for Native American fund

Seven projects across Michigan were selected late last month to receive grants from the Native American Heritage Fund.

Those 2019 NAHF grants include:

Bay de Noc Community College – $6,000 to publicly acknowledge the Treaty of 1836 through a public plaque on each campus and a Treaty Day celebration.

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools – $98,000 to rebrand the current mascot from "Rebels" to a new mascot and nickname that is culturally responsive.

Grand Rapids Community College – $5,285 to support the Grand Rapids Community College Education and Reconciliation Project, including a trip to the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways and a Native American speakers forum.

Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law – $20,000 to provide a two-day symposium, Native family day, and ancillary programming throughout the year.

Monroe County Community College – $199,234 to create curriculum and a set of immersion experiences for K-12 students, focused on how to research stories from the Native perspective.

Northern Michigan University – $134,613 to expand Anishinabék language course offerings at undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Friendship Community/LIFT Teen Center – $16,650 to support an overnight backpacking trip to South Manitou Island, exposing students to the history of the Ottawa tribe.

The fund, which was approved in 2016 as part of the Second Amendment to the Tribal-State Gaming Compact between NHBP and the State of Michigan, allocates a portion of NHBP’s state revenue sharing payments to the NAHF.

Michigan’s K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and local units of government were eligible for funding through the NAHF to defray the costs of projects that promote positive relationships and accurate information about the history and role of Michigan’s Indian tribes and Native Americans in the state.





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