Leland Library hosts JoAnne Cook, Anishinaabek history

From staff reports

On Thursday, October 24 at 2 p.m., JoAnne Cook will present a program titled “The Way of Life of the Anishinaabek: History, Culture and Traditions” in the Munnecke Room at Leland Township Library. During the program, Cook will share information about the original way of life of the Anishinabek; culture, tradition, spiritual view, world view and living as a nation, tribe, and community. She will cover the impact of the changes that occurred in the Great Lakes Region; societal, environmental, legal and how it changed the way of life of the Anishinabek. There is no cost to attend this program, which is co-sponsored by Leland Township Library and Leelanau Historical Society and Museum.

Cook, a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Indians, is from Peshawbestown, Michigan. Her previous professional experience includes one term on Tribal Council (2012-2016) and with Tribal Courts as a Tribal Court Judge for two tribal communities (1994-2011). She received her Business Administration degree from Ferris State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin School of Law.JoAnne was involved in the organization and development of two alternative courts: Peacemaking and Healing to Wellness Court (Drug Court). The alternative courts utilize tradition and culture which allows for healing and restoring balance for those involved. She has begun consulting with native and nonnative communities who are either developing Peacemaking or a Healing to Wellness Court.She believes tradition and culture is vital to the Anishinabe way of life and has continued her learning about the 3
Fires people. JoAnne has presented to various communities on the way of life and culture of the Odawa. In addition, she previously taught Business Law for Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) and a course at NMC Extended Education, titled Native Law and Culture. JoAnne is currently teaching a short course, History of the Anishinaabek for NMC Extended Education.

For more information, please contact the Library at 231.256.9152.