Butthestoryofthemuseum—andthetradingpost—go back much farther, to a couple named Jeannette and Harry Ayer, who moved to Mille Lacs in 1918 and built a roadside store. According to Site Manager Travis Zimmerman, the store initially operated as a general store, but by the 1940s, had changed to primarily offer American Indian arts and crafts to passersby who traveled along the highway. In addition to selling objects, the Ayers maintainedapersonalcollectionthattheydisplayedin the back room of their store, and later built a cinder- block museum. In 1959, theAyers retired and donated the land, buildings, and collection to the Minnesota Historical Society. TheHistoricalSocietyopenedandranthemuseum beginninginAugust1960,butbythe1980s,planswere being made to create a new museum space.According to the website, “Joyce Wedll, a contributor to the book ‘The Changing Presentation of the American Indian,’ wroteabouttheroleoftheIndianAdvisoryCommittee (IAC) in developing the museum's new exhibits. She identifiedtwogoalsthattheIAChadoutlined;first,the exhibits should demonstrate that Indian people are not stuck in the past, but are an active living culture that is still surviving and striving today. Second, the exhibits should correct persistent stereotypes of Indian people and culture. The main message of the new museum would be that the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe had retained its culture, traditions and its home for more than two centuries, often against the greatest of odds.” Today, the exhibits at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum do just that. In the heart of the building, the Four Seasons room shows the close relationship that the Mille Lacs Band shares with the environment and harvesting.Huggingthisroom,contemporaryexhibits walk a visitor though Mille Lacs history, powwow culture, honored veterans, and sovereignty. Selected objects from the Ayers’original collection are also on display. Moving clockwise around the museum, you will end up at a long wall of large windows that run paralleltoMilleLacsLake,areminderthateverything cherished inside the museum, still lives spiritedly outside its walls. Ziibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture & Lifeways 6650 E. Broadway Mt. Pleasant, MI www.sagchip.org/ziibiwing The Ziibiwing Center at Mt. Pleasant, Mich. maintains steady flows of people and school groups, sometimes over 100 visitors per day since its grand opening in 2004. The complex hosts a large exhibit floor and an annual changing exhibit, which highlight the Anishinaabe seasonal lifestyle and the various periods of chronological history including pre-contact andthemigrationstory.TheSaginawChippewaIndian Tribe generously gave $10 million dollars to get the 34,349-square foot building up and running. The gift shop—which actually helps to fund continued operation of the build- ing—is adorned with the work of local craftsmen and artists. Down the hall and to the right, is an archi- val library room where community memberscandoresearchonlineage or even take a weekly language class. Across the hall, the climate controlled artifact room houses old pieces of tribal history that need to be safeguarded. Museum Curator William Johnson reminisces: “This center has been a dream of the community since the 50’s. What you will see is the work of our community youth, veterans and elders every step of the way. We started with surveys to better understand the needs of the community, and the rest is history.” Wehopethatyouhaveenjoyed this written tour of some of the museumsandculturalcentersinOjibweCountry.This is by no means an exhaustive list; there are many more wonderful institutions within our reservations and across the CededTerritory with stories to tell.We hope you have been inspired to visit some of these places. They are a beautiful invitation to see, hear, and feel the living culture of the Ojibwe. Resources Some of the information in this article has been included to assist tribes who are looking to develop or support their own museums and cultural centers. An additional resource for tribal museums is the Asso- ciation of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM). ATALM is an international non-profit organiza- tionthatmaintainsanetworkofsupportforindigenous programs, provides culturally relevant programming and services, encourages collaboration among tribal andnon-tribalculturalinstitutions,andarticulatescon- temporary issues related to developing and sustaining the cultural sovereignty of Native Nations. Visit www. ATALM.org for more information. Telling our stories (continued from page 8) Mille Lacs Indian Museum is big—22‚810 square feet total, with a 2‚000-square foot storage room that houses 2‚000 objects and is climate and humidity controlled remotely. (P. Maday photo) A treaty exhibit at Saginaw Chippewa Tribes’ Ziibiwing cultural center highlights many of the treaties signed and also sets the scene for the condi- tions that many of these treaties were signed under. Alcohol and other trade goods such as money, rifles and blankets are seen in the background of this particular exhibit. (D. Jennings photo) PriorLake,Minn.—Bringingtogetherbothacademicandindigenousknowl- edge systems, the 2nd Annual Native American Nutrition Conference drew more than 500 people last autumn from across the United States and beyond. Building on the momentum from the international event, organizers have already booked a third conference October 2-5, 2018. The gathering is a great setting to discuss the status and possible future of Native American nutrition and wellness. Participants from four countries, 37 states—includingmorethan50tribalnations—attendedin2017.Indigenouspeople made up nearly 60% of the total. Topics included traditional food nutrition, food access and natural resource issues, research, indigenous knowledge, and the struggle between Western knowl- edge and Indigenous knowledge. More than two dozen experts fom all over Indian Country and academia provided insight into a variety of issues related to health and wellness. With five sessions plus two additional breakout sections, presenters paired featured topics with an Elder’s Response, and then a question and answer session. Elder’s Responses tied together—in the way that only elders can—history and traditional knowledge and the bigger picture. Theconferenceoffersmuchtolearn,andanumberofpresentationsareavailable onlineforfree.Ihighlyencourageyoutotakealookanddownloadthepresentations. http://seedsofnativehealth.org/resource-center-2017-presentations/.TheShakopee Mdewakanton Sioux, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, created the Native Nutrition Conference. Find more information about the event and this fall’s conference at http://seedsofnativehealth.org/conference/ —OH Maroney Spotlight on health & wellness at Native Nutrition Conference Herbed Turkey Breast Developed by GLIFWC staff Prep Time: 10 minutes • Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Serving Size: ½ inch slice (Approx. 3 ounces) • Yield: 4 to 6 Ingredients 1 each turkey breast; deboned and any excess fat and skin removed 2 each bay leaves 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock ¼ cup ramp leaves, minced, lightly packed V Directions 1. In a large stock pot add turkey, chicken stock, and bay leaves. 2. Bring pot to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue to poach turkey until fully cooked, about 35 minutes. 3. Using tongs, pull turkey from liquid and place on cutting board.Allow to cool slightly. 4. Cut turkey into ½ inch thick slices and place on serving dish. 5. Drizzlealittleofthepoachingliquidoverslicedturkeytoretainmoisture. 6. Sprinkle with fresh herbs before serving. Chef Notes: V Ramp leaves can be substituted for other herbs to suit your taste such as rosemary, mint, sage, thyme, or parsley. RecipereprintedfromMinoWiisinidaa! Let’s Eat Good!–Traditonal Foods for Healthy Living cookbook. This cook- book can be ordered online at: www. glifwc.org/publications/#Cookbookor call (715) 685-2108. PAGE 15 MAZINA’IGAN SPRING 2018 • NUTRITION •