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Aapchigwa nishiiwag niigaanzijig... The Leaders and the Best

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Executive Board '12-'13 & Native Graduation

The following students were elected to the 2012-2013 NASA Executive Board on Monday, April 2nd:

External Co-Chair- Forrest Cox

Internal Co-Chair/Powwow Chair- Sarah Ballew

Treasurer- Don Wilkerson

Secretary- Rachel Derusha

Programming Chair- Rayna Caskey

Recruitment Chair- Kelcie Jimenez

Social Chair- Tashina Emery

Event Coordinating Chair- Haley Mandoka

Mark your calendars!

NASA presents 2012 Native Graduation on April 27th at 7 PM at Rackham Auditorium. Special guest drum group Ribbon Town will be attending and a catered dinner will follow the ceremony. All students, families and community members are invited to attend.

We will be accepting nominations for Pendleton blanket recipients. Graduating students active in the Native community will be considered. Be on the look out for more details to follow.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

40th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow!

It's that time of year again! Welcome to the largest powwow in the Midwest!
Over 150 Dancers, 12 Drums, and 33 Artists and Vendors from across the nation and throughout Indian Country!

Please join us for the 4oth Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow:
March 17th and 18th
Pioneer High School , 601 W. Stadium Blvd. , Ann Arbor, Michigan

Doors open at 10:30AM both days.
Saturday Grand Entries at 12:00PM & 7:00PM
Sunday Grand Entry at 12:00PM

What is a pow wow?

Pow Wows are gatherings that Native American people use as a place to meet, dance, sing and otherwise renew and strengthen our rich culture. These gatherings are held year-round and many Native people travel great distances to attend them. The Ann Arbor Powwow is one of the largest university-run pow wows in the country, with more than 1,000 of North America's greatest singers, dancers, artists and craftspeople.

Come for a couple of hours, for the whole day, or for both days! And bring cash to shop from over 40 Native vendors!

Volunteers are needed! Gain free admission with a volunteer shift of just 2hrs! Email powwowvolunteers@gmail.com for more information.

Event is open to the public. All are welcome!!

The Ann Arbor Powwow is hosted by the UM Native American Student Association (NASA).

Here's a link to our webpage:

Here's a link to the facebook event:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Weekly Meeting Times


In general all of our NASA/Powwow Meetings will be Mondays at 6:00 PM in 3512 Haven Hall.
We'll notify everyone if there is a change to the time or location.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

NASA Meeting Times!


Our next NASA and Powwow Planning Meeting will be:

Monday, January 16
3512 Haven Hall

We hope to see you there as we discuss plans for the 40th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow! Miigwetch and have a great week!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

An Update & Some Fun, Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas


I hope your studying is going well!

On December 5th, we elected new positions for NASA's executive board for the upcoming semester.

The following people will be holding positions until the end of the Winter '12 semester when we hold elections again:

External Co-Chair: Forrest Cox, Junior in LS&A, Public Policy
Internal Co-Chair: Andrea Hebner, Senior in LS&A, International Studies
Treasurer: Don Wilkerson, Junior in Ross School of Business, BBA
Secretary: Rayna Caskey, Sophomore in LS&A, Sociology

Additional Positions for this semester:
Programs Chair: Michelle Saboo, Senior in LS&A, American Culture
Social Chair: Haley Mandoka, Junior in LS&A, Communications

We will resume meetings for NASA/powwow planning in January after the break. Be on the lookout for emails about meetings!

I wish you all a happy, stress-free finals week! Good luck on your exams!

Alas, I'll leave you with a list of fun, inexpensive holiday gifts that I have compiled over the past few weeks.

Also, I'm thinking the truffles (first on the list) might be a good fundraiser for NASA in February near Valentine's Day. I made my boyfriend oreo, nutella, and peanut butter truffles for Valentine's Day last year.

They were a huge hit! I spent about $15-20 on ingredients for 120 truffles last year.

I didn't intend on making so many, but I ended up with lots of extras for friends!

Similar truffles sell at chocolate shops downtown for $20 to $25 PER POUND, and people sell them at the farmer's market for 50 cents each.

Perhaps we could make some and sell them in Mason Hall? We'll see...

And finally, the list:
(each item on the list is a link to a tutorial or recipe for that gift)
Food Gifts

Spa Gifts

Home D├ęcor & Photos


Lots of these are links from my favorite blog, MoneySavingMom.
She posts lots of great deals and freebies. Like today- $8 Mossimo jeans at Target!


Enjoy! Have a great vacation and a merry Christmas!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall Feast 2011

It's that time of year again...
Smoked Lake Michigan Fish
Harvested by Skip & Bill Derusha, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Wild Rice (Manoomin)
Harvested by Emmanuel "Doc" Poler, Sokaogon Chippewa Community

Traditional Hominy Corn Soup
Beef & Pork Roasts
Join us for our annual Fall Feast and a Traditional Cooking Workshop with our very own Howard Kimewon. Howard is orginally from the Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve on Manitoulin Island, Ontario and has been teaching Ojibwe at the University of Michigan since 2007.
The cooking workshop will be held on Sunday, November 13th at Trotter Multicultural Center at 1443 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 on U-M's campus beginning at 12 PM. Free parking is available in the lot on the S. University side of the building.
Howard will be teaching students & community members how to prepare Traditional Hominy Corn Soup, Wild Rice, Beef & Pork Roasts, and Fish.
The workshop will continue until the Fall Feast begins that evening at 5 PM. We will be eating around 6 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend the workshop and the feast; come and stay for a couple of hours or the entire day.
These are both free community events, but we ask that you bring a side dish or dessert to pass if you are able to as the Fall Feast is traditionally a potluck. (Not required to attend.) The main dishes mentioned above will be provided.
**Vegetarian options will be available.**

While the food cooks, we will be doing some simple beadwork. Learn the basics of Native beading and enjoy fellowship & conversation!
Join us for these and our other Native American Heritage Month Events listed on the poster above. For a larger, online version of the poster, click here: http://imgur.com/E0xmx

If you have questions please contact Jaimee Marsh at jaimeem@umich.edu or 734.763.9044.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Reminder: NASA/Powwow Meeting TONIGHT

Just a reminder: we are having a powwow meeting tonight, Thursday November 4 at 6:30 PM in 3512 Haven Hall. We will start the meeting by doing a little flyering around campus to publicize Native Heritage Month and then we'll have some snacks while we discuss powwow.

Hope to see you there!