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Information for: American Indian Programs

Anishinaabek Communities

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The Michigan Natural Resources Conservation Services is committed to assisting American Indian tribes and individuals protect, preserve and enhance Mother Earth.  Each of Michigan's federally recognized tribes has a designated NRCS contact person.  In addition, there is a State American Indian Liaison to coordinate assistance for tribes and American Indian individuals and to facilitate communication between the NRCS and tribes. 

Native American-Related Topics on this Page

NRCS Tribal Contact Information
American Indian Links & Resources
Educational Resources/Contacts
Plants, Community Gardening (Gitigaan) & Healthy Food
Cultural Information
Protecting Mother Earth-Conservation Practices
NRCS Policy

November is Alaska Native and American Indian Heritage Month

Each year in November the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service contracts with a Native American Artist in the United States to develop a poster that pays respect to the American Indian. If you are interested in receiving a poster for this year’s program, please contact our public affairs specialist to make arrangements.

NRCS 2013 American Indian-Alaska Native Heritage Month Poster

NRCS Tribal Contacts

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NRCS has a designated representative for each of the 12 federally-recognized American Indian Tribes. The tribal representatives are responsible for assisting the tribes with NRCS programs and technical assistance.

Tribe/Web site link Location NRCS Tribal Contact/Office Location
Bay Mills Indian Community Brimley Madeleine Cantu - Sault Ste. Marie
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Suttons Bay Jason Kimbrough - Traverse City
Hannahville Indian Community Wilson call (906) 428-4076 ext. 3 - Gladstone
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Baraga Allison George - Baraga
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Watersmeet Thomas Berndt - Kingsford
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Manistee Scott Hughey - Bear Lake
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Harbor Springs Bill Borgeld - Petoskey
Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Gun Lake Tribe Shelbyville Bruce VanDenBosch - Allegan
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians Fulton call (269) 781-4263 ext. 3 - Marshall
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Dowagiac Frank Velazquez - Cassopolis
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Mt. Pleasant Jim Marshall - Flint
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Sault Ste. Marie Madeleine Cantu - Sault Ste. Marie

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Map of Federally-Recognized American Indian Tribes in Michigan with Text Version

American Indian Links & Resources

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Tribal Scholars Program

The aim of the Tribal Scholars Program is to strengthen a partnership between NRCS and 1994 Tribal Land Grant Institutions, increase the number of students studying in agriculture and Agency-related disciplines, and to offer employment opportunities.
2005 is the first year tribal scholarships have been offered. They will be awarded to U.S. citizens who are seeking a degree in agriculture or related natural resource sciences at a 1994 tribal land-grant institution.

Tribal Scholars Program

Links to Michigan Colleges & Universities With American Indian Programs

American Indian Education Links

Tribal Colleges

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Plants, Community Gardens & Healthy Food

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Raised Bed Gardening Information
General Information
Construction Photos
Construction Design
Raised Beds for People with Disabilities
Planting Diagram for Raised Bed Garden
Native American Farming & Nutrition
America's First Farmers
Revival of Traditional Agriculture
Value of Traditional Foods
Traditional Foods & Plants
Maple Syrup Fact Sheet
Wild Rice Fact Sheet
Wild Tobacco Fact Sheet
Sweet Flag Fact Sheet
Northern Sweet Grass Fact Sheet

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Cultural Information

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Welcome to a Powwow - What happens during a Powwow and guidance for attendance
American Indian Social Structure
American Indian Land Definitions
American Indian Cultural Values
MOU Regarding Cultural Resources between NRCS Michigan and the Michigan Anishinabek Cultural Preservation and Repatriation Alliance
The Four Sacred Plants
American Indian Contributions to Modern Life
History of the Anishinaabe
The Anishinaabek
The Odawa
The Ojibwa
The Potawatomi
American Indian Ancestry
Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry - U.S. Department of the Interior

Cultural Links

Native American Public Telecommunications
Michigan Anishinaabek Cultural Preservation and Repatriation Alliance (MACPRA)

Michigan Department of Civil Rights Includes link to Pow-wows & other cultural events
Native American Genealogy Private, non-governmental Web site with resources for tracing American Indian ancestry
Ziibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture and Lifeways - Learn more about Anishinaabek culture by visiting this museum and learning center in Mount Pleasant

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Protecting Mother Earth-Conservation Practices

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Walleye Rearing Pond Conservation Sheet
Wild Rice Conservation Sheet
Working with Owners of Small Acreages

Conservation Links & Information

Emerald Ash Borer Threatens Cultural Resource

The emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle from Asia that destroys native ash trees. The ash borer has already destroyed millions of ash trees in Michigan, surrounding states and Canada. The black ash in particular is an important cultural resource for Native Americans and is used in traditional basket weaving. The destruction of the black ash resource threatens cultural traditions of the Anishinaabe People.

National Ash Tree Seed Collection Initiative - This effort, led by the USDA Forest Service, seeks to collect ash trees seeds for genetic preservation before populations of the trees are destroyed.

Emerald Ash Borer Info - Web site created by the USDA, USDA Land Grant colleges and the Michigan Department of Agriculture to provide up-to-date information on the emerald ash borer and related efforts.

Other Conservation-Related Links

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NRCS Policy & Related Information

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NRCS American Indian Program Policy & Related Information
Policy Definition of Consultation with Tribes
USDA Departmental Regulation - Tribal Consultation, Coordination, and Collaboration (1-18-2013)
National Cultural Procedures Handbook
Memorandum of Understanding Relative to Implementing USDA Conservation Programs on American Indian Lands

Cultural Resources Protection Policy Links

NRCS Cultural Resources Web page
National Cultural Resource Procedures

Related Links

American Indian Alaska Native (NRCS ) Employees Association
Society of American Indian Government Employees
NRCS Tribal Government Relationships