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Reciprocal Research: A Guidebook for Centering Community in Partnership with Indigenous Nations

April 12, 2024 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

Are you interested in conducting research in partnership with Tribal Nations? Michigan is home to 12 federally recognized Tribal Nations and three Tribal land-grant colleges. Through scenario-based learning and interactive discussion, this session will introduce best practices for working with Michigan’s Tribal Nations and communities and share resources for building collaboration between MSU Extension and Michigan’s three Tribal land-grant colleges and Tribal Nations. In this hands-on workshop, Ellie Mitchell and Emily Proctor introduce participants to “Reciprocal Research: A Guidebook to Centering Community in Partnerships with Indigenous Nations.” Ellie and Emily will lead participants through the guide, facilitating individual reflections and collective conversations as they discuss key considerations in conducting research with Tribal Nations that ensure reciprocity and mutual benefit.

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  • Ellie Mitchell (Eagle Clan)
    Ellie Mitchell is an enrolled member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. She was among the first generation since the boarding school era to be educated within her Tribal community, by attending pre-K through 8th grade at the Saginaw Chippewa Academy. Ellie joined the faculty of Michigan State University in October 2019, as Indigenous community outreach liaison for the Less Commonly Taught and Indigenous Languages Partnership. Prior to coming to MSU, Ellie founded Bead & Powwow Supply, a retail store specializing in supplies for contemporary Indigenous art and powwow regalia.
  • Emily Proctor, MSW, BASW
    Emily Proctor earned her degrees from the MSU School of Social Work. She is a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Harbor Springs, Michigan. She serves as a Tribal Extension Educator, Government and Community Vitality Institute for Michigan Tribal Nations, Communities and Colleges, with her home office located in Emmet County. As the Tribal Extension Educator, she co-leads the Michigan Inter-Tribal Land Grant Extension System (MILES), and her projects include the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs in the areas of Tribal governance, facilitation, diversity, and youth leadership. She was elected to Tribal Council in 2023 to serve a four-year term. She has also served as a child protective services worker, an associate child welfare commissioner and was elected three times as speaker of the annual Community Meeting for her Tribal Nation. She enjoys making quilts as a way to contribute to her community.


April 12, 2024
9:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
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