Native American Heritage Fund

  • About

    NAHF Website

     

    The fund’s goal is to promote positive relationships between public and private kindergarten through 12th grade schools, colleges, universities, local units of government and Michigan’s federally recognized Native American Tribes.

    The purpose of the NAHF is to provide resources to improve curricula and educational resources related to Michigan Indian history, as well as to fund initiatives that promote mutual respect and cooperation between local communities and Michigan’s federally recognized Tribes. The funds may also be used to replace or revise mascots and imagery that may be deemed offensive to Native Americans or may convey inaccurate representations of Native American culture and values.

    Distribution of funds will be determined by the NAHF Board which will consist of two members appointed by the governor of Michigan, two members appointed by the NHBP Tribal Council and the Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, or his or her designee.

    To represent the state, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Vice Chair Kimberly Vargo and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Citizen Elizabeth Kinnart. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights Tribal Liaison and Native American Specialist Melissa Kiesewetter has been named to represent the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. NHBP has appointed Tribal Chairperson Jamie Stuck and Vice Chairperson Dorie Rios.

  • Press Releases
  • Compacts
  • Application

    NAHF Application

    Native American Heritage Fund Board 2018 Application for Funding

    DUE: By 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2019

    Applications can be made only by one of the following entities:

    1. A public or private K-12 school, including charter An accredited college or university that is located or based in the State of Michigan. The Board has determined that colleges and universities whose curriculum and presence in the state is wholly online and for-profit colleges and universities are not eligible applicants.
    2. A “local unit of government” defined as a political subdivision of the State of Michigan, including a school district, a community college district, an intermediate school district, a city, a village, a township, a road commission, or a county, if the political subdivision has as its primary purpose the providing of local governmental services for residents in a geographically limited area of this State and has the power to act primarily on behalf of that
    3. Non-profit organizations may apply for funds only if the project/purpose is being undertaken on behalf of a sponsoring K-12 school, college, university, or eligible local unit of

  • 2019 Meeting Schedule

    Friday, April 12, 2019, 12:30 p.m.
    Friday, June 7, 2019, 12:30 p.m.
    Friday, July 19, 2019, 12:30 p.m.


    Future meetings to be scheduled as necessary.
    Meetings will be held in the Shkwede Board Room at the FireKeepers Casino-Hotel, 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI. Meetings are open to the public.

  • Board Members

    Name

    Appointed by

    Representing

    NAHF Board Officers

    Jamie Stuck

    NHBP Tribal Chairperson

    Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

    Nottawaseppi

    Huron Band of the Potawatomi

    Chairperson

    Dorie Rios

    NHBP Tribal Vice Chairperson

    Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

    Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the

    Potawatomi

    Vice Chairperson

    Elizabeth Kinnart

    Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of

    Chippewa Indians Citizen

    Governor Rick Snyder

    State of Michigan

    Secretary

    Melissa Kiesewetter MDCR Tribal Liaison/ Native American

    Specialist

    Michigan Department of Civil Rights

    Michigan Department of Civil Rights

    Treasurer

    Kimberly Vargo

    Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa

    Vice Chair

    Governor Rick Snyder

    State of Michigan

    Administrative Services

    Kelli Scott

    Calhoun County Administrator/Controller

    kdscott@calhouncountymi.gov

    269.841.6853

    Cell

    www.calhouncountymi.gov

    Shana Huerta

    Calhoun County Executive

    Assistant, Administration

    shuerta@calhouncountymi.gov

    269.781.0966

    Office

    www.calhouncountymi.gov