Category Archives: Culture

Sault Ste. Marie Native language teachers’ gathering is seeking teachers

Native languages like Ojibwe are the focus of a new summer event in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario this summer.

Algoma University is hosting it’s first Native language teachers’ gathering August 7th and 8th.
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Michigan food deserts continue to impact residents


Fresh fruits and vegetables are popping up at local farmer’s markets across Michigan, but in some parts of the state, good food is hard to find.

The term food desert is used to describe areas with little or no access to affordable and nutritious food. Places, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, like Saginaw and Cadillac. Read more

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Holocaust exhibit, speaker series at CMU


Medicine is usually seen as something that benefits people. It’s for the greater good, But an exhibit at Central Michigan University shows that if it’s taken to extremes, medicine can be deadly.
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Study found link between reality TV and aggression


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A new study out of Central Michigan University shows a link between some reality TV programs and aggression.
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Students take field trips to learn about Michigan shipwrecks


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School kids across Michigan are stepping out of the classroom and onto buses for, what for many, is their favorite time of the year, field trips.

Some that are within driving distance of Alpena are learning about a unique part of Michigan history…shipwrecks. Read more

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Third annual Native American Festival in St. Ignace

This upcoming Memorial weekend is a time for remembrance and tradition for many. Read more

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Midland among top areas in the country where middle class thrives

Midland's "tridge," a three-way bridge that connects over the meeting of the Chippewa and Titabawassee Rivers. Photo courtesy by Downtown Midland.

Midland’s “tridge,” a three-way bridge that connects over the meeting of the Chippewa and Titabawassee Rivers. Photo courtesy by Downtown Midland.


Downtown areas are known to be the “cherry on top” of its respective city – a place to visit, shop and explore.
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Muslims launch education, awareness initiative in Michigan

Drivers on some Michigan highways may have noticed billboards offering the chance to “Gain Peace,” discuss Islam, and obtain a free copy of the Muslim holy book. It’s all part of an Islamic outreach group’s attempt to change the conversation about the religion.

Dr. Sabeel Ahmed is the director of the Gain Peace campaign, which he said is not about trying to convert anyone, but simply an educational effort.

“We want to make sure that we work on the commonalities that there may be between Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and other faiths,” he said. “If they are activists in the church or in the synagogue, we would like to work with them for the betterment of the society.”

Gain Peace is a national organization supported by the Islamic Circle of North America. In addition to the billboards, the group has taken out newspaper, television, and radio ads in different parts of the state.

Ahmed said that, despite Michigan being home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the country, there are still many misconceptions about the religion and what he described as a certain degree of “Islamophobia” in the state. He said the response to the campaign has been largely positive.

“Not only (do) we have our Christian friends and our Jewish friends calling, we’ve also had a few atheist people who are calling, and they want to know who is doing this, and they want to engage with us about discussing topics within Islam,” he said.

According to FBI statistics, hate crimes against Muslims nationally jumped 50 percent in 2010 and remain at what the Bureau calls “relatively high levels.”

On The Web:
Gain Peace Campaign: www.GainPeace.com

This story was produced by Mona Shand with the Michigan News Connection.

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