Ash Borer Conference
Black Ash Basket making: The Threat of the Emerald Ash Borer on Native Cultural
March 17th, 2006
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Arts
Program in collaboration with local artist Kelly Church from Wayland,
Michigan, will be hosting a Community Arts Symposium. The purpose
of the symposium will be to provide information that is available
in Michigan about emerald ash borer (EAB) and its effect on Ash
trees, to teach collection of seeds for future use, and the preservation
of Black Ash basket making. A panel of experts about EAB and basket
Associate Professor of Forest Entomology, Michigan State University.
Dr. McCullough will present information in EAB discovery, infestation,
preventative measures, and other issues related to EAB.
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians- A nationally recognized
Black Ash basket maker will demonstrate working with Black Ash
and discuss the importance of preserving basket making.
Les Benedict- Akwesasne Mohawk
Nation- Les will provide information on seed identification
and collection. Les will also discuss log storage and have a
book about BLACK ASH for sale that he co-authored with Richard
Phil Bell- Representative from
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Mr. Bell will discuss issues
related to EAB.
Dave Ellis- From the National Seed
Preservation Lab in Ft. Collins, CO. Mr. Ellis will discuss
the Seed Storage program available to tribes in the U.S.
Cherish Parrish and John Pigeon (Youth Representatives)- the youth are the reason we need to
preserve Black Ash trees and basket making. They will discuss
the responsibilities they will have in the future to preserve
and pass on Black Ash basket making.
June Mamagona Fletcher-
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians- will moderate
the panel discussion and Q and A with audience members.
Public Affairs Specialist- USDA APHIS
EAB Communications Specialist- MSU
Natural Resource Specialist from the Southwest Michigan Resource
Conservation and Development Council
EAB Liaison- USDA Forest Service
(or representative) Emerald Ash Borer Policy Director- State
Manager of Rose Lake Plant Materials Center (East Lansing, MI)-
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
Plant Materials Specialist- Rose Lake Plant Materials Center.
Mr. Burgdorf will be on hand to show tree/seed identification,
and answer any questions about seed collection and storage of
seeds of the other 3 species of ash trees.
Glenn Lamberg- (To be confirmed)-
Mr. Lamberg works as American Indian Liaison for USDA NRCS Michigan.
Nick Reo- American Indian Liaison,
Michigan State University Extension- “The Importance of
Tribal and First Nation Participation in Invasive Species Science
and Management.” It is critical that North American Indian
communities become engaged in problem solving, policy development
and collaborative management of invasive species, such as EAB.
This session will focus on discussing strategies for securing
tribal and first nation inclusion in intergovernmental and collaborative
decision making, problem solving, co-management and policy writing
Kelly Church- Grand Traverse Band
of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians- Fifth generation Black Ash basket
maker. Artist- painter/photography and basket making, and birch
Date: March 17th, 2006- EAB Conference
Time: 9 am- 5 pm
Place: Comfort Inn Banquet Center
622 Allegan Highway
Plainwell, Michigan 49080
*** There will be rooms available at a 10% discount at the Comfort
Inn on a first come-first serve basis. Please mention the Emerald
Ash Borer Conference. The hotel’s direct #: 269-685-4015.
Reservations must be placed by February 17th to receive discounted
The two largest cities North and South of Plainwell are Grand
Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Both cities have airports and
many hotels located off of US 131, which is where the banquet
center is located.
16th- Basket Making Gathering
Place: To be announced (determined by number of basket makers
Time: 9am to 5pm with lunch and dinner provided
will be a day of basket making, sharing stories, and sharing concerns
and ideas about the future of Black Ash Basket Making. Interviews
with basket makers and demonstrations will be video taped and
put into a DVD format, to be shared with each basket maker’s
tribe back home and for future generations of basket makers to
17th- EAB CONFERENCE
Place: Comfort Inn Banquet Center
622 Allegan Highway, Plainwell, MI 49080
Time: 9am to 5pm
to 9:30am- Intro to Symposium: Kelly Church
Opening Prayer: Community Member
Welcome Address- D.K. Sprague (Tribal Chairman, Match-E-Be-Nash-
She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi- Gun Lake Tribe)
9:30 to 11:00am- Introduction to EAB workshop panel
Short presentation by each panelist
11:00 to 12 noon- Questions and answer session
Concluding remarks from panelists and moderator
12:00 to 1:00pm- Lunch Break
1:00 to 2:15pm- Introduction of Michigan Agencies working on EAB
2:15 to 4:30pm- Open visits to 12-15 tables of panelists and agencies.
Please visit each table and get information to take home with
you about seed collection, tree identification, log storage, EAB
issues, policy and decision making, seed storage, and Black Ash
4:30 to 5:00pm- Conclusion and Evaluations
Basket Making Gathering and Conference are free.
confirm your registration for the EAB Conference- Protecting Black
Ash Basket Making: The Threat of the Emerald Ash Borer on Native
Cultural Resources, by February 28th, 2006, by emailing/mailing
the following information:
to: artcove @ hotmail.com -or-
P.O. Box 118
Hopkins, MI 49328.
number: (269) 792-2548
Registration and Confirmation: February 17th, 2006
EAB Conference confirmation: February 28th, 2006
Late confirmation: March 6th, 2006
hope you will be able to send at least one representative from
your tribe to learn about what we have experienced with the emerald
ash borer and what we can do to preserve Black Ash Basket Making
for future generations. Megwetch (Thank you).
Native Arts Program, established in 1996, provides Native artists
opportunity to research the collections of museums, interact with
their community and grow professionally. Through a competitive process,
Native artists may apply to the Visiting Artist, Youth Mural Project
or the Community Arts Symposium. Additional information may be found
on the museum’s website at www.AmericanIndian.si.edu.