THURSDAY, APRIL 4TH THE ODAWA PEOPLE OF THE GRAND TRAVERSE REGION, JOANNE COOKE, Presenter.
Thursday, April 4, 2019 meeting of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society took place at 7:00 p.m. at the Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Road, Traverse City. JoAnne Cook, of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, presented the program, "The Odawa People of the Grand Traverse Region.” Cook has a degree in business from Ferris State and a J.D. from The University of Wisconsin School of Law. She has served a term on the Tribal Council, and with Tribal Courts for two tribal communities. She has been involved in the organization of two alternative courts, one for Peacemaking, and another Healing to Wellness (Drug) Court. The alternative courts utilize tradition and culture which allows for healing and restoring balance for those involved. JoAnne Cook believes tradition and culture is vital to the Anishinaabek way of life. She has presented programs to other community organizations and taught two courses at NMC: Native Law and Culture, and History of the Anishinaabek.