Lansing Community College

LCC celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day

By Marilyn Twine

man playing an instrument outside next to a tree on lcc campus

Lansing, Mich. – Lansing Community College celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day with a tree dedication and land acknowledgement.

The LCC Board of Trustees resolved at its Sept. 20 board meeting, that the college will celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on the second Monday of every October, beginning Oct. 11, 2021.

The Board also adopted a resolution acknowledging that the area comprising LCC's campuses was originally inhabited by the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi peoples.

LCC Trustee Samantha Vaive read the land acknowledgement statement that was followed by a prayer, smudging, overview of Indigenous Peoples' Day, and a tree dedication ceremony.

"At Lansing Community College, we celebrate culture 365," said Chief Diversity Officer Tonya Bailey. "Today's dedication celebrated the original inhabitants of North America, the Native Americans. We were honored to recognize and celebrate the beautiful traditions and cultures of Indigenous People. This ceremony further demonstrates LCC's commitment to being an inclusive campus community."


About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

Lansing Community College provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the College.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.

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