Native Culture, Tradition and Heritage - LIB 100 & US 201 Approved
Date and TimeThursday, November 1, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- Kirkhof Center » RM 2250 GRAND RIVER ROOM
Frank Ettawageshik is an Odawa Indian from northern Lower Michigan and grew up in Harbor Springs, on Little Traverse Bay, in the Odawa homeland of Waganakising (the Crooked Tree). In 1989 Mr. Ettawageshik was elected to the board of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) where he served as Vice- Chairman until April of 1991, then as Tribal Chairman through July of 1999, and then as chairman of the Tribes Economic Development Commission from 2002-2003. In 2005, Mr. Ettawageshik was elected Chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands Executive Branch under the Tribes new Constitution which separates the powers of the three branches of government: the Legislative (Tribal Council), the Executive (Chair and Vice-chair), and the Judicial (Tribal Court and Tribal Appellate Court). He currently serves as a Board Member of the Michigan Indian Education Council, the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority, Great Lakes Resources Committee, and sits on the Board of Advisors for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ettawageshik works to revive the making of traditional Indian pottery in the Great Lakes area and is a storyteller following the tradition passed down from his father.