‘Our Story’ lecture series at Bay College on Wednesday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The third and final presentation as part of the “Our Story” lecture series featuring Potawatomi elder Earl Meshigaud will take place at 6 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday in the Besse Theater at Bay College in Escanaba.

Bay College West will stream the discussion as well at 5 p.m. Central time in Fornetti Hall at the Iron Mountain campus.

The “Our Story” series, sponsored by Bay College’s Diversity Committee, is free and open to the public.

The goal of the series is to increase awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of Potawatomi culture, language and the Indian boarding school legacy.

Born May 27, 1950, Meshigaud graduated from Bark River-Harris High School in 1968. He worked in Milwaukee for 26 years before returning home in 1995. He is married and has three children from a former marriage and five grandchildren.

Meshigaud and his wife, Aiesha, became in 1995 houseparents to an alternative-style treatment home. After its closing, Meshigaud continued serving in many capacities, including spiritual counseling work, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation representative as well as through healing and spiritual work, such as ceremonies. Indigenous language retention and revitalization are his current passions.

For more information on this series or other community events at Bay College, go to www.baycollege.edu/events.