ECCE Speaker Series - Becoming Environmentally Conscious Student Leaders: Native American World Views from the Great Lakes Region on Power and Leadership
From Cody Pope
Bazile Panek, a Native American student leader enrolled at Norther Michigan University, will address and engage UIS students and members of the wider public on Indigenous traditions of leadership and environmental stewardship, with timely and inspiring lessons for young people and engaged citizens of all backgrounds. Leadership and the exercise of power come with clear and relevant moral obligations in Mr. Panek’s Anishinaabe cultural traditions, which carry important and empowering implications for today’s social and environmental challenges.
Bazile Panek is a proud member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and he was born and raised on the Red Cliff reservation. Bazile is heavily involved with his culture, regularly attending ceremonies and cultural events. In recent years, he has become a leader in his community by teaching others how to play Moccasin Game. Currently, Bazile is a senior studying Native American Studies with minors in Sustainability and Entrepreneurship at Northern Michigan University (NMU). He has had the honor to serve and participate in various committees and organizations. At NMU, Bazile is the current President of the Native American Student Association, he serves as the Student Representative on the President’s Committee on Diversity, as well as on the Center for Native American Studies’ Curriculum Committee. At home, Bazile is a board member on the Red Cliff Business Development Corporation. Bazile has also served on various ad hoc committees, and he has educated many people about Native American culture, language, and history. Recently, Bazile was instrumental in advocating for the official recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day by Northern Michigan University.