As the weeks and months continue we hope to have much more information to be able to share with our family and friends as we continue our journey down this path.
**On March 9th, 2010 we were added to the American Indian Center of Indiana (AICI) website along with our flag and a link to our website. Migwich to AICI and may all our Nations come together in peace.**
June 6th, 2009 MNI had their first meeting at Fort Quiatenon near West Lafayette, Indiana. Those present were Buffalo Heart Woman, Two Hearts, Wonji, Barb, Yellow Flower, her mother, Red Feather, Mitres d'ikol (Teacher) and ThreeHawks. There was no agenda other than to make new friends, have a good time, a picnic and discussions about what we would we like to see for MNI in the future.
June 21st, 2009 a sunrise ceremony was done at Ft. Quiatenon in honor of the Summer Sultriest.
July 18, 2009 was a good day! 13 friends and family members met at Barb’s for great afternoon and the weather was fantastic. There was a lot of talking and sharing, and… many thanks to our host Barb for the great Buffalo Burgers!!!!!!!!!! Everyone is looking forward to our August meeting. Hope to see you there.
Aug. 22, 2009 MNI met at Wolf's & Stands house; 10 people showed up for a great lunch! We had a discussion about the history of the Metis in Indiana and the Midwest; we also talked a little bit about traditions and the Metis and how the Metis and Native cultures became one.
Thanks to all those who brought snacks and other foods and a special thanks to Heart for the givaway. It was a very pleasent surprise!
On the Sept. 19th, 2009 the Autumnal Equinox was celebrated at Ft. Quiatenon. That evening the Feast of the Dead Ceremony was held in honor of our Ancestors.
As sunset approached a fire was lit, there was a pipe ceremony and as the first stars appeared the ceremony began.
Oct. 3, 2009 we met at the home of Buffalo Heart Woman. Many thanks to her. We all had a good time sitting around the camp fire enjoying each others company... but do to the rain it was not in the woods but on the back porch. I was there, and Big Wolf, as opposed to little Wolf, Mitres d'ikol was there, Barb was there. A new friend named Mike came. Heart's Aunt and Daughter was there as well. Heart made Aen Shouvreu - rababoo (Deer - Stew...) and was it good! We spent the afternoon talking and enjoying each other's company. Teacher shared a story with us about White Buffalo Calf Woman and the Sioux Nation. Big thanks to Teacher for shairing.
Our Nov. gathering will be at Barb's on Nov. 27th for our Green Corn celebration. Hope to see you there. Let us know if you are coming so we know how much food to be fixen!
Nov. 27, 2009 there was a nice turn out for the Green Corn Festival. Those that were able to make it were Buffalo Heart, Wonji, Two-Hearts, Small Rope and Pop, Barb, Mitres d'ikol, Yellow Flower and her Mother, Stands, Mike, Running Wolf and myself. There was a small prayer ceremony and remembrances or our ancestors before many traditional foods were served. There were even a few games and some very interesting stories were shared about family traditions. Thanks to all who made this celebration such a success and to our Creator.
On Dec. 19, 2009 we met at the Faith Baptist Church Community Center located on State Road 26 approximately 1 mile East of the I-65 and State Road 26 intersection in Lafayette. In.
There were two new visitors, Harvy & Jo-Ann, along with Barb, Mike, myself and Two-Heart. This was our first of our 5 winter teaching sessions. Hope to see you at our January meeting.
Our Jan. gathering was held at Mike Geyer's, a big thank you to Mike. There was Ham and Turkey sandwiches and lots of snacks. We were happy to have 4 first time visitors. Our teachings this time was about the Mohawk peoples.
Our Feb. gathering was once again be at Mike's home, again "thank you" to Mike! The time and date was 1:00 on Feb. 13th. Teacher and Barb came with a big pot of Chili, Yellow Flower and Kathy came bringing Corn Bread, Butch and Kathy also arrived and shaired winter stories will all. Several of our other citizens were either snowed in or weren't feeling well and of course we hope they have a speedy recovery.
Our March meeting was once again held at Mike’s on March 13th as we continued our winter teaching series. This month’s teachings were about our Northern Brothers the Cree. Attending were Mitres d'ikol and Barb, Mike of course, Yellow Flower and her Mother, Butch and Kathy, Heart and Wanji, Harvey and Jo-Anne, and myself. Also Scott, Yellow Flower’s husband, and her son Meeky (Meekwa Mukwa) ,stopped by.
There was a 15 bean soup, fry bread, Indian Taco salad, cheese, and Cole slaw, and all kinds of drinks, with lots of cookies thanks to Yellow Flower. Many thanks to “all” who pitched in and brought food and drink for all to share. Our next meeting and final installment of our winter teaching series will be on April 17th at Yellow Flowers. The final teaching and discussion for this winter will be on the Black-Foot.
Our April meeting was held on the 19th at Jamie & Scott's, a big thank you to them for opening their home up for the gathering and making everyone feel welcome. The Chicken & Noodles were great as was the Spanish Bar Cake! Those who were able to attend were, of course, Jamie & Scott, Meeky was there as well showing everyone how basketball is played. Butch & Kathy, Mike, Teacher & Barb, Kathy were also there as well as myself. This was the last of the inter-active teaching series found on line at <fourdirections.com.> Coodos to Scott for figuring out how to hook it up so we could watch it on a big screen T.V.
Thanks to all who came and made the winter teaching series a success! Migwich! Our May gathering was held at Barb’s, migwiich. Several of us packed up and headed out to find the Beaver people but we were sad to learn that, although we found the dam, there were no new signs, or cutting, or tracks. The area in which the Beaver live has a heavy concentration of Coyotes so perhaps the beaver are no longer with us. While I am sure we would have enjoyed our time with the Beaver people, Coyote has to eat too.
After returning we still had our teaching and stories, and a small Pipe Round to honor the Beaver and their relationship with the Blackfoot people.
For all those who brought food to share we say thank you and a special thank you to Mike who showed a new way to cross a stream.
Our June gathering was held on June 13th at "The Fort," it turned out to be a rather hot and muggy day, nothing like last year I might add. We had a low turnout but several of our citizens were either out of State or off to other events, mostly spiritual, nor was it a good time for our Elders to be outside. We were going to have a cookout with B-B-Q chicken…etc. but because of the excessive heat we decided to let the Col. do the cooking, thank you Col. Sanders!
Upcoming events will be sewing regalia, peyote stitching, and a possible canoe trip in September.
Remember to keep an eye on our Elders in this heat and buy them a fan if they need one.
Our July gathering was at Mike's at 1:00. Kathy D. was hurt at work so the sewing lessons have been put off for another time. As you know I sent out a note telling everyone the program was canceled but a few people showed up anyway. We had Ham and Turkey and all those things that go with summer picnics. A lot of good conversation took place. Thanks to all those who contributed their knowledge.
Our August gathering will be in conjunction with the International Metis Gathering. We hope to have lots of stories and pictures to share when we return. Check the "Events" tab for more information.
For a short clip of last years gathering go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zlI6wLqtZ8
Our Sept. meeting will be the Feast of the Dead Ceremony. For more informaton contact ThreeHawks.
Hope to see you there.
Our Ceremony was rained out and will be held as soon as possible, also, we will be celebrating a Naming Ceremony at our October gathering.
Our Oct. gathering was held on the 16th of this month; we gathered in honor of the naming of Jamie's newest child. Please help us welcome our newest member to our Metis family "Yellow Star." For all those who came and all those who helped a big migwich!
Our next gathering will be at Barb's to celebrate the Fall Festival and will be held on Friday Nov. 26th. There will be a mix of traditional American Native and Metis foods and music. Hope to see you there.
The fire band was lifted in Tippecanoe County allowing us to do our annual Feast of the Dead Ceremony which was held Oct. 30th. The Ceremony was held with 10 people in attendance and a small Feast afterwards. Migwich and thanks to all to attended and to all those who helped out.
November, 2010 was a busy month for MNI, we had 2 Naming Ceremonies and our Fall Festival. All most 20 people turned out for the Festival and both Naming Ceremonies were well attented. It is good to see our citizenship grow now matter how slowly.
The month of December got away from us (me) and many of our citizend have other plans during the holidays so the bad news is it was decided no to gather in December. The good news is we will be having our Winter Teaching Series, it will be a 3 part series running Jan. - March. When we have a deffinate time and place notices will be sent out.
A safe and happy holiday to all and we will see you in January.
Our January gathering was held in Lafayette on the 15th as we will began our winter teachings series for 2011, our first showing and discussion was on "The Wisdom Keepers." They are somewhat short but hold a lot of teachings. The discussion afterwards was a good one.
Our Feb. gathering was at Scott & Jamie's again on Sat. Feb. 12th. at 1:00 I.S.T. A big Migwich to Scott & Jamie. The Bufloo Chili was a big hit. We watched parts one and two of the series "The Wisdom Keepers," March will be part three, the final part.
Migwich to all those who brought food to share and we hope to see everyone again next month. We will let every one know as soon as we have the date and place lined up.
Our March gathering was March 5th, we watched the final part of the 3 part series of the Wisdom Keepers and Tony & Sharon shared their wedding DVD with us. Thanks to Tony Sharon, and thanks to Kathy D. for opening up her home. We also enjoyed a traditional Michif meal of Le Boulette. Good Stuff!
The weekend of March 15th went well with our pipe blessing ceremony and birthing ceremony. We blessed 1 pipe and brithed 3 others. We also had 2 new visitors... welcome! Afterards we had a small meal and enjoyed the rest of the day.
Our April gathering was rained out but we still had a good time. Lots of food and some good stories. When the weather finally clears we'll get Barb's garden in.
Our May gathering went well at Fort Quiatenon on May 14th. As some of you know the local paper kind of ruined our ad but those things happen. A small group showed up and after lunch we discussed what we should be teaching our children.
On June 5th we gathered at Fort Quiatenon to celebrate our 2nd year. We had 15 people come and enjoyed Elk steaks and lots of other good food, with lots of conversations on several topics. The day started out a little cloudy but the sun came out and it turned into a very nice day. Thanks to all.
Our July gathering was held at the "National" pow-wow on Samjee, (Saturday,) Jouyet (July) 9th. in Danville, In. We will met at Tony & Sharon's camp, Tony has promised us the best corn soup there is and he did not let us down! Thank you Tony and to everyone who brought the ham and turkey sandwiches, chips, drinks and all the other goodies to share. It was a very pleasent afternoon sitting under a large Walnut tree by a small creek and chating away.
The Aug. gathering was at the Metisfest located at the International Peace Gardens along the North Dakota and Canadian line near the Turtle Mountain Reservation. There was great Michif fiddeling, singing, and gigging going on in several places. To learn more about Metis-fest you can to:(www.metisfest.com)
In Septawmbr (September) we hope to do a canoe trip down the Tippecanoe River with a stop at "Goose Poop Island" for lunch! Sounds yummy doesn't it?! We'll let everyone know the date as soon as we can. Think about coming, it's usually a fun trip!
The canoe trip didn't happen. Sometimes things just don't work out so instead we had a picnic at Barb's, thanks to Barb for letting us invade her home. We started a fire in the fire pit and cooked Brats and several brought other goodies. The rain held off; we had a lot of good Metis music to listen to; and it was nice to get to just sit around a fire and talk with friends and family. Migwich to all who came.
Oktobr (October) will be a busy month. The first weekend of Oct. we will be having our Feast of the Dead Ceremony, there will also be a Sweat during Oct. and there will also be a Naming Ceremony. If you would like more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
October also brought us some very good news. As of Oct. 3, 2011 MNA (Metis Nation of America) now has a sister Band located in Ohio. Welcome to our newest Brothers and Sisters as we continue to grow and bring back our culture and wonderful heritage.
Tawnshi to one all, It's Novawmbr (November) already and kakihitaow, (it's getting cold). The end of the month the Americans celebrated Thanksgiving once again... and once again, along with many of our brothers and sisters from our Native side, we celebrated in our way by having our "Fall Festival/Green Corn Festival." This years celebration was Samjee, Novawmbr vaensis. (Saturday, November the 26th.) We we had traditional Metis and Native foods, and a drumming session afterwards. Thanks to all who brought food, food and more food! If it keeps up we will have to find a bigger place.
Our December gathering was held on Dec. 3, in conjunction with the American Indian Council in Lebanon, In. Lots of people showed up, the food was great, and it was good to see old friends.
Tawnshi, our January gathering was Samjee, Zhawnvee, veanwit, that's right, Saturday, January 28th. We were going to watch a docmentary style movie concerning the Freemen of the fur traders as well as "country marriages" and how the Europeans abused them, but we got busy talking about the history and customs of the Metis people and time got away from us. We'll save it for another time. We also had a traditional Michif meal made with Bufflo called Salisbury Steak, which really isn't steak but boy is it ever tasty!
MNI would also like to thank Kathy Atwell and the Tippecanoe County Historical Society for letting us use the historic Fowler House for our gathering. The Historical Society puts on a lot of good programs and we hope you support them when you get the chance.
Our Feburary gathering was in Alexandria, In. this month. We had a small get-to-gether with a carry-in lunch and we had great plans to watch the movie that we didn't get a chance to see last month, but due to technical difficulities (we couldn't figure out the DVD player) it didn't happen. A big thank you to Tony and Sharon for opening up their home.
Seems everyone was busy and had things to do and places to go during the month of March! So we decided not to get together this month but will all met up at the American Indian Council's Pow-wow in Lebanon, In. the end of April. There were a lot of venders this year and the food was pretty darn good! It was good to see so many friends.
Our May gathering was May the 19th, we went to Chicago to spend the afternoon at the Lincoln Park Zoo, everyone who went had a nice time, lots of interesting things to see and do.
This June we celebrated 3 years. Once again we gathered at Fort Quiatenon near West Lafayette, Indiana. There will be lots of food and music, aaaeee, and our sister Band from Ohio was able to join us. We had a lot of fun and great conversation!
July is the International Metis Gathering, this year it is Manatoba, Canada, they had a great turn out! There was lot's of fiddle playing, jigging, story telling, and really good food! There were more Metis and Metis flags and then you shake a stick at!
Our Aug. meeting was in conjunction with the American Indian Council Pow-wow in Lebanon, IN. As always it is always good to see old friends that you only get to see now and then, and of course all those who stop by and say hello.
In Sept. several of us got together for a lunch at the Feast of the Hunter's Moon at Ft. Quiatenon. Lots of good food and of course plenty to see.
Oct. 6th at sunset we held our Feast of the Dead Ceremony. The temp. did not get near as cold as was forecasted and afterwards several citizens enjoyed turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, along with corn and beans and pumpkin pie. Mike brought hot cider, Miigwich Mike!
November we had our Fall Festival, over 20-some people came. Great food, great music, even did some drumming. Thanks to all those who brought covered dishes...etc.
Our December gathering will be in conjunction with the A.I.C. December Social, Dec. 1st in Lebanon, In.
Winter is time to rest. Our Jan.- March gatherings will be in conjunction with the A.I.C. in Lebanon, In. Stay warm and check in on your Elders to make sure they are doing Ok this winter.
March 16th NMI citizens partispated in an Idle-No-More march in Lafayette, In. The march began, after blessing and prayers on 10th St. and ended at the Court House; afterwards there was a small gathering and lunch at one of the marchers apartment located near the Court House. Migwich to Partick for his kindness.
Our April gathering was in conjunction with the American Indian Council at the Lebanon, In. pow-wow on April 27th & 28th.
Our May gathering was held to celebrate a Naming Ceremony for one of our citizens. The weather was great the food was better, the traditions continue.
June 8th we celebrated our 4th year. Had a lot good food, good music and conversation! It was pleasent get-together for our Elders all the way down to our 2 year old...who really liked the cake!
For our July gathering we are going to try and do our canoe trip down the Tippecanoe River again. For the past few years the weather has not been cooperative. If all works well we will stopping at "Goose-poop-island" for lunch. (You have to be there to find out) For more information contact us at our website.
Our Aug. we gathered in conjunction with the A.I.C. Pow-wow in Lebanon, IN. Aug. 17th & 18th. A lot of people were there. It's always good to see old friends and new!
This Sept. we will once again be conducting our Feast of the Dead Ceremony. For more information contact us through our website: email@example.com
In Oct. we will be gathering for a Naming Ceremony. Little Lucy is 3 months old and will be the guest of honor. Hope you can join us for the festivities!
Nov. was our annaul Fall Festival, a small gathering of about 16 people. Lots of good food and conversation. All the kids and several adults went walking in some near-by woods and we discovered a new beaver dam in the area, good to see them making a comeback.
Our Dec. gathering was held in comjunction with the A.I.C. December Social in Lebanon, Indiana on Dec. 7th. We saw many old friends, listened to a great Drum, and the food was very good. Have a safe and happy winter and we'll be getting back together in the Spring.
Migwich to all who participate and help in so many ways that allow us to come together and grow.