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NAHF gives money to UP schools to spread awareness of Native culture

MARQUETTE, MI— Two Upper Peninsula school districts have received money from the Michigan Native American Heritage Fund.

Baraga Schools are getting $6,000 to integrate Ojibwe language and culture in the school environment by creating a Cultural Liaison on staff, implementing signage, hosting Pow Wows, and other cultural activities.

And the Watersmeet Township School District is getting $3,845 to implement a mini teaching Pow Wow event to promote positive relationships between the school district, Tribe, and local government.

The NAHF was established in 2016 as part of the Second Amendment to the Tribal-State Gaming Compact between the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and the State of Michigan. A portion of each year’s state revenue sharing payment from Michigan tribes is deposited into the fund. Its goal is to promote positive relationships between public and private K-12 schools, colleges, universities, local units of government and the state’s tribes.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.