The summer of 2018 will see the fruition of a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Electa Quinney Institute, Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, and Spotted Eagle, Inc. with the launch of NYELLA – Native Youth Engaged in Land, Language and Art. A group of Milwaukee area Native high school youth will be paid to work at the Native Wellness Garden (located on 6th near Howard Ave. in the green corridor) while learning about medicinal and food plants native to this area. More details and an online application can be found on the NYELLA page. Interested applicants, media, and those seeking more information should contact Patricia Nájera.
(The Milwaukee Panthers Drum)
The current care taker of the drum is UWM student, Nathon Breu. For his Honor’s Senior Thesis, he wrote about the history of the Anishinaabek Big Drum. How this one specific, Gete Dewe’igan, and how this dewe’igan came to be part of the community, and how she functions to promote well-being in this community. You can read this essay via a PDF here: Minowakiing Chibizhiwag Dewe’igan
Although her tenor as Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate has ended, she is still busy sharing her work. Anishinaabe poet and former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser speaks with Janet McAdams, Robert P. Hubbard Professor in Poetry at Kenyon College, about picto-poems, watery places, and Native writing in the twenty-first century. Listen to or download the podcast.
The partnership between the Indian Community School (ICS) and the Electa Quinney Institute (EQI) is long standing and full of rich deeply rooted connections. This partnership was recently highlighted on Indianz.com – a place for Native American news, information and entertainment.
The full story can be read at Indianz.com