Past, Present & Future

Past, Present & Future Together

Anishinaabe Mindimooyenh:
Weaving the Past, Present, and Future Together 

  • Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
  • Time: 12pm - 1pm

Throughout history in Anishinaabe natural law, the women were the decision makers, the life bearers, and the backbone of a strong nation. Women continue to protect and defend our families, communities, lands, and waters with unwavering commitment. It has been said that our women will one day become Mindimooyenh within our communities—the ones who hold things together—weaving the past, present, and future together for the perpetuation of Anishinaabe lifeways. We will explore the importance of women and their roles within Anishinaabe ways of doing things. 

About the Speaker

Colleen Medicine is a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and her family roots come from Mackinac Island, Michigan. She has spent her entire career working within Indian Country and has held several positions within Tribal governments and non-profits. Colleen served the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in the Repatriation office for several years and then transitioned into non-profit work with the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, managing a Perinatal Opioid Grant.  Colleen then served the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians as the Director of Language & Culture and NAGPRA Designee.  Colleen has over a decade of experience working in Repatriation and sees no greater honor than assisting in the return of Ancestors and their objects. Colleen now serves as the Program Director for the Association on American Indian Affairs. 

Colleen holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Public Administration, with a minor in American Indian Studies from Central Michigan University (2012). Colleen also holds a Master’s of Science Degree in International Administration with a focus on International Repatriation, also from Central Michigan University (2017). Colleen is also proud to be a lifelong Anishinaabemowin language learner and an Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor. In her spare time, she enjoys working with copper and hiking with her two dogs, Happy and Strawberry! 

Colleen Medicine

Colleen Medicine