Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe named CMU's 2013 Homecoming Grand Marshal

First time an entire nation granted homecoming distinction
Homecoming parade

Central Michigan University’s Alumni Relations office has named the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe as the 2013 Homecoming Grand Marshal. It’s the first time ever CMU has granted an entire nation the honorary distinction. As grand marshal the tribe will be honored at a number of events as alumni return to campus for homecoming the weekend of Oct. 19.

 “It is an honor and privilege,” said Dennis V. Kequom Sr., chief of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. “For the tribe, it’s always a very strong sense of appreciation to be recognized for the work we do and the involvement we have in the community. It’s a very proud distinction.”

The tribe will celebrate its relationship with the university that carries its name during homecoming weekend. Representatives from the tribe will offer a drum blessing for both football teams prior to the game and will lead the homecoming parade.

“CMU cherishes our rich relationship with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe,” said CMU President George E. Ross. “It has opened the doors to many cultural and educational opportunities to experience indigenous cultures. We commemorate our history with this homecoming distinction.”

CMU and the tribe collaborate on numerous projects on an ongoing basis, including tribal professionals lecturing in classes, an agreement encouraging tribal students to attend CMU, a proactive repatriation of Native American remains back to the tribe, a mentoring program sending CMU students to tribal schools and a new course curriculum exploring the history of the Indian Boarding School.

CMU will host Northern Illinois Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. For a complete schedule of homecoming events, visit the 2013 homecoming homepage here.