Manistee Nme' - A Lake Sturgeon Success Story

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians has developed a unique, hands-on approach to Lake Sturgeon restoration. This session will view the 30-minute film titled “Manistee 'Nme, a Lake Sturgeon Success Story” with discussion after. The film follows the tribal community and biologists as they work to restore the native Great Lakes fish. It features the first underwater footage of lake sturgeon in the Big Manistee River. The Little River Band operates an innovative rearing facility on the Manistee River, which was the first-ever portable stream-side rearing facility for lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes when it started in 2004. More than 300 sturgeon have been raised and released there. A sturgeon stewardship plan for the Manistee River — aimed at protecting and sustaining the prehistoric fish over the next seven generations — was developed by the tribe. This program offers a message of hope for sturgeon restoration efforts.

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:05pm
Shirley Brauker
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Shirley combines the artwork and legends of the past with contemporary materials of the present, keeping the "story-telling traditions" alive. Using art is her way of passing on a rich culture to new generations. Moon Bear Pottery and Indian Arts is dedicated to the preservation of Woodland art. It reflects the harmony she shares with the world she lives in. Teaching classes in pottery and Native American culture is very important to Shirley. She stresses individuality and personal expression as ways to record experiences. Shirley received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Central Michigan University after presenting the Commencement Address in 2015. She also holds a Master's Degree and believes in education as the path to understanding Native American culture. Shiley has taught numerous workshops throughout the country to thousands of participants, young and old. She believes that if everyone involved understands even one small idea and awareness about America's First People, then she has done her job. "I developed and taught a class at CMU called "Native American Art Sampler." I have pieces in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.; have sold to Disney World in Florida, and the Honda Corporation; donated works to the Diabetes Foundation, attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM; facilitated workshops in Sitka, Alaska; Foxwood Resort in Connecticut; Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis; Purdue University Native American Studies Department; Ziibiwing Culture Center in Mt. Pleasant; and Indian Village Camp and Anishinaabe Language Camp in Manistee to name a few accomplishments. I have also written 4 books and numerous stories throughout my career."