Convening Great Lakes Culture Keepers
Traveling Together for Community, Culture, and Language

April 14-17, 2014
The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

NOTE: Registration is CLOSED

Miigwech! Pinagigi! Waewaenen! Yaw^ko!

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Thank you for registering for Convening Great Lakes Culture Keepers, a regional institute for tribal librarians, archivists, and museum curators! From April 14-17, we will convene at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways for classes, tours, and other events.


In response to last summer’s survey, the theme is Traveling Together for Community, Culture, and Language. Accordingly, we’ve asked all the instructors to emphasize how their topics relate to elders, youth, and language. Instead of a single class, we hope to infuse every aspect of the institute with these subjects. We’ll also have graduate students compile a document of our collective knowledge on elders, youth, and language.

We hope the institute will also help us continue “traveling together” through ongoing regional collaboration. To that end, Ziibiwing staff will lead us in a strategic planning session to help us discover and prioritize ways we can continue to support each other.

Institute Online Form

To make sure we know everyone’s preferences and priorities for workshops, classes, meals, and charter bus pickup locations, we’ve created an online form. This is also where you submit your application for the substitute staffing stipend.

It can be found here:

Workshops and Classes

Instead of brief conference sessions, the institute’s workshops and daylong classes will allow time for everyone to share their knowledge, learn from experts, and practice what they’ve learned through in-class projects. The goal is to interact and create together.

To guarantee that all classes have similar sizes, we’re asking everyone to sign up for their classes via the institute online form by April 1st. Class enrollment will be based on order of registration. But we’ll do our best to make sure everyone gets a top priority choice. As instructors may contact you to help focus their classes, please make sure you register ASAP.

Workshop and class descriptions are available here.


We’re staying at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. If you’re registered, we will make the arrangements for you and send a room confirmation number.

For more information on Soaring Eagle, check out or call 888.7EAGLE7. It’s adjacent to the Ziibiwing Center and located at 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

Travel: Air

Ziibiwing will generously provide a shuttle to the Lansing airport. As nearly everyone is flying into LAN on Sunday afternoon, there will be one shuttle departure after the 5:21pm Delta 4065 arrival. Ziibiwing staff are aware of all your flight schedules.

Travel: Charter Bus

Sunday, April 13 Thursday, April 17
9:00 am Depart Rothschild, WI 2415 Trailwood Ln, Rothschild, WI 11:30 am Depart Mt. Pleasant, MI
10:32 am Arrive Forest County Potawatomi
8130 Mish ko swen Drive, Crandon, WI 54520
4:20 pm Arrive Escanaba, MI
10:45 am Depart Forest County Potawatomi 4:35 pm Depart Escanaba, MI
1:45 pm Arrive Bay de Noc Community College
2001 Lincoln Road (Accessible via Danforth Road); Lot D; East End of Parking Lot
5:35 pm Arrive Forest County Potawatomi 
(Central Time)
2:15 pm Depart Escanaba, MI 5:50 pm Depart Forest County Potawatomi
7:05 pm Arrive Mt. Pleasant, MI 7:20 pm Arrive in Rothschild, WI

Here’s a Google Map of pickup locations:

Please let us know where you plan to catch the bus with the institute online form.

Travel: Car

Mileage will be reimbursed. A W9 form will be available at the institute for you to complete and return. Please carpool when possible.

Substitute Staffing Stipend

Thanks to IMLS, funding is available to pay substitute staff while you’re away. We STRONGLY encourage applications. Applications are brief. Funds will be disbursed based on the number of applicants and their respective needs. When accepted, our financial specialists will contact you to determine where to send the funds.

The application is available through the institute online form.


We’ll have a slideshow of everyone’s institutions and programs at the institute. This will be a great way to share. Please submit at least three (3) photos per institution.

Submit your photos via this form:

A Gift to Share

We’re asking all attendees to bring a small gift to share. It should be anything that represents your community–or your role in the community. You can be imaginative. It could be anything from wild rice to a new bibliography you created. The items will be used throughout the conference in classes, put on display, and then given away when the institute ends.



If you have any questions, please contact Omar at 608-890-3817 or 608-228-0457.


One thought on “Regional Institute Details & Logistics 2014

  • April 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Can’t wait, very excited

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