Lin Bardwell, Native American student initiative coordinator, speaks
during a water ceremony September 13 at the Grand Ravines Lodge. Local
Anishinaabe leaders gave an oral history about the Grand River during
In mid-September, GVSU students, faculty and staff members held a
water ceremony at the Grand Ravines Lodge, south of the Allendale Campus.
Lin Bardwell, Native American student initiative coordinator, said
local Anishinaabe leaders, representing the Grand River Band of Ottawa
Indians, delivered an oral history about Owashtanong — the far-flowing
waters of the Grand River and its significance to the Anishinaabe people.
The September 13 event was connected to other Making Waves Initiative
activities, including a kayaking event for 100 students from the
Frederik Meijer Honors College and participating in the West Michigan
Environmental Action Council’s 18th Annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup.