November 10, 2022 – BENZONIA ACADEMY LECTURE SERIES – “Anishinaabe History” by JoAnne Cook

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“Anishinaabe History”

Presenter:  JoAnne Cook

Thursday, November 10, 4:00 p.m.

The Mills Community House

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For our November lecture, speaker JoAnne Cook will share information about the original way of life of the Anishinaabe; culture, tradition, spiritual view, world view and living as a nation, tribe, and community. She will cover the impact of the changes that occurred in the Great Lakes Region; societal, environmental, legal and how it changed the way of life of the Anishinaabe.

JoAnne, a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Indians, is from Peshawbestown, MI. 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 has begun consulting with native and nonnative communities who are either developing Peacemaking or a Healing to Wellness Court. She believes tradition and culture is vital to the Anishinaabe way of life and has continued her learning about the Three Fires people.

JoAnne has presented to various communities on the way of life and culture of the Odawa. In addition, she previously taught Business Law for Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) and teaches a course at NMC Extended Education, titled History of the Anishinaabek.