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The Three Fires Teaching Lodge

The Three Fires Teach Lodge was built at the Sustainable Agriculture Project on June 25th and 26th. This lodge is the first of its kind at a public university in Michigan. This project began in Dr. Riley Mukavetz's course, Anishinaabeg Lifeways when she asked students how they can make Indigenous space and support Indigenous sovereignty while being a part of an institution. Students collaborated on writing a proposal and sought funding to make this lodge a reality. This lodge and the gardens are designed to make Indigenous space that supports the education and cultural continuance of Indigenous community members off and on campus. Students, alumni, community members, faculty, and staff from GVSU, GRCC, and Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College put in over 20 hours of work to harvest saplings and build the lodge. This teaching lodge will be managed by the Native American Student Association and the Native American Advisory Council. Special acknowledgement should go to IRIS alumni Braxtyn Lipponen and Natasha Stewart as well as ENS students Angela Haan and Eryn Hyma and Jacob Klanke (Anthro/Art History) who served as research assistants, advisors, and interns on this project. To learn more about a teaching lodge and the process please see this article.

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