Three receive MSU Distinguished Partnership Award

Gordon Henry, John Norder and Christie Poitra have received the 2017 Michigan State University Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Creative Activities for their work on the Indigistory project.

November 13, 2017

Gordon Henry

Gordon Henry, John Norder and Christie Poitra have received the 2017 Michigan State University (MSU) Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Creative Activities from the MSU Office of Outreach and Engagement for their work on the Indigistory project. 

Indigistory is a collaborative partnership between the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, the MSU Native American Institute (NAI), the Michigan History Center, the MSU Hub for Innovation Learning and Technology, and the MSU College of Arts and Letters. It was started by Henry, a professor in the MSU Department of English.

The purpose of Indigistory is to provide American Indian youth and community members with support and resources to produce digital stories (i.e., short films) about their families, tribes, cultures, languages and life experiences. Over the past five years, the work of Indigistory has resulted in over 40 short films written, directed and produced by American Indians, and eight film festivals.

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“This award would not have been possible without our community partners and the work and creative vision of Dr. Henry,” said Poitra, who serves as NAI assistant director. “I am inspired by the stories and am honored to be a part of the project.”

“The team was very honored to receive the announcement about the award. Indigistory has been one of our longest term partnerships since I began at the Native American Institute, and it has been and continues to be one of our most rewarding,” said Norder, NAI director and associate professor.

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In 2016, Michigan State University introduced the Distinguished Partnership Awards, a series of four new universitywide recognitions for highly engaged and scholarly community-based work that has positive impacts on both the community and scholarship.

The awards are given in four categories: community-engaged research, creative activities, teaching and service. Each of these awards is jointly conferred on a faculty recipient and her/his community partner(s) and comes with a shared stipend of $1,500. The four award recipients are also finalists for the Community Engagement Scholarship Award.

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