November 2018


What a busy summer! As I write this, the Fall Membership Meeting concluded last Saturday along with my Meet and Greet on Friday evening and Tribal Council’s Talking Circle.  The Fall Fire happened again over the weekend along with some other events.

We continually are trying to upgrade this paper and the responses so far have been mostly positive. People seem to believe there is much more information in the Currents now and we received positive feedback from the membership over the weekend. We are still trying to get past the issue of having information published after the event has happened and we are gaining on it.  Part of the problem is that the people submitting the information are submitting it too late.

Within the last couple of weeks, I attended the Governor’s Summit in Lansing, which was the last one with the current Governor. The main topic at this Summit was by far, the Enbridge Line 5 issue, with the Tribes opposing the Governor’s proposed “tunnel” under the Mackinac Bridge.

The United Tribes of Michigan was held October 3rd and 4th at Fire Keeper’s Casino along with the MSU Building Strong Sovereign Nations Training for newly-elected Tribal leaders. I was a presenter for one of the three trainings.

I also performed a dedication ceremony for the sculpture “All Our Relation” by artist Jason Quigno, which is the same sculpture that was scheduled to be placed in the Muskegon Indian Cemetery but moved due to some objections. The dedication was attended by 30-40 people. Judy Hayner, former Director of the Muskegon Museum of Art, led the effort to honor the Anishinaabe People of West Michigan and did a wonderful job with the help of many donors, the Muskegon Museum of Art, the Muskegon Community Foundation, the City of Muskegon, and the County of Muskegon.

I know it sounds like a broken record, but our Muskegon Casino Project continues to move ahead. Much work is being done by the Tribe to move the effort forward.

I just found out last week that the Resort has been nominated for “Business of the Year” by the Manistee Chamber of Commerce and that I have been nominated “Business Person of the Year” with three people in the running.

Two long-time employees will be retiring this month; Detective Jim Grabowski and Dr. Julie Dixon, who have both worked for the Tribe for many years. Good luck to both of you in your retirement and thank you for all of your years of service!

The new Elder’s Complex at Aki Maadiziwin, here in Manistee, has started construction with the hopes of having the first 10 units ready by mid-summer 2019. More units are expected to be built at a later date.
Until next month…


Constitutional Input Form – Printable form for suggestions on how to change the Tribal Constitution.
Secretarial Election for revision to the Constitution of LRBOI


06/16/2018 Informational Meeting  -Must be logged in to view page.

10/07/2017 Fall Membership Meeting   -Must be logged in to view page.

02/18/2017 Informational Meeting  -Must be logged in to view page.

Past Ogema Literature

Acceptance Speech
Leader of the band article
Ogema’s Address to DC Subcommittee


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