Marion grad, now Indian chief shares life experiences

January 28, 2016

Frank Ettawageshik spoke last Thursday at the Marion Public Library, sharing his experiences on behalf of the twelve recognized tribes in the state of Michigan.

Frank Ettawageshik spoke last Thursday at the Marion Public Library, sharing his experiences on behalf of the twelve recognized tribes in the state of Michigan.

By Julie Traynor
Correspondent

Frank Ettawageshik, former Chair of the Little Traverse Bands of Odawa Indians and the current Executive Director of the United Tribes of Michigan, writer and environmental advocate, spoke with a group of Marionites last Thursday at the Marion Public Library.

Frank shared stories of his experiences on behalf of the indigenous peoples of Michigan and in securing tribal acknowledgement for several of the twelve recognized tribes in the state. His work on various issues of concern to the Tribes, particularly water rights and environmental concerns, has benefited everyone in our state.

A Marion High School graduate with the Class of 1967, Frank credits much of his ability to see both sides of an issue to his participation in the Debate Club at MHS, and encouragement from teacher-advisor Sonya Titus. Frank also forged life long friendships and skills through the local Boy and Eagle Scouts. In fact, he noted that the first meeting, of the thousands he would go on to chair in his life, was at the large oak meeting table in the Community Room at the Library. It was a Boy Scout meeting. Old and new friends alike enjoyed the informative evening with Frank Ettawageshik.




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