Summer 2018 Events

June 24 – Museum Opening with dedication of plaques & opening of new exhibit on Postcards and existing exhibits.

July 1 – July 18 Mayoral Race featuring omena pets to serve three-year Mayoral Term (see below).

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Topic: Pre and Post-Euro Anishinaabe Family and Community: Family culture, family dynamics, generational dynamics (place of elders, men, women and youth), community life, division of labor, daily life, sense of humor, and enjoyments with JoAnne Cook. (see bio to right)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Topic: Pre and Post Euro Anishinaabe Spiritual Life: Spiritual philosophy, beliefs, legends, stories, creation narratives, values, way of life presented by JoAnne Cook.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Topic: Pre and Post Euro Anishinaabe Law and Government: Native relationship with law, Native form of government, tribal law, impact of Federal Government on tribal law and way of life with JoAnne Cook.

August 26 Annual Meeting at Shady Trails Camp

Museum Open Hours: Saturday & Sunday from June 24 – September 8. Others by Appointment.

Special Openings for Omena Presbyterian Church immediately after Services July 29 and August 26.

JoAnne Cook, a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Indians, is from Peshawbestown, Michigan. Her previous professional experience includes one term on Tribal Council (2012-2016) and with Tribal Courts as a Tribal Court Judge for two tribal communities (1994-2011).

She received her Business Administration degree from Ferris State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. JoAnne was involved in the organization and development of two alternative courts: Peacemaking and Healing to Wellness Court (Drug Court). The alternative courts utilize tradition and culture which allows for healing and restoring balance for those involved.

She believes tradition and culture is vital to the Anishinabe way of life and has continued her learning about the 3 Fires people. JoAnne has presented to various communities on the way of life and culture of the Odawa. In addition, she has taught a course titled Native Law and Culture.