Bizhikiins is the name that was given to Dylan Jennings, who is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. Dylan is former elected Tribal Councilman for the Bad River Tribe, as the appointed Council Liaison for the Johnson O’Malley Education Committee, and as a member of the Bad River Drug Task Force.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Archaeology with certificates in American Indian Studies and Environmental Studies. Dylan is committed to living a traditional way of life and to teaching environmental practices, harvesting techniques, and traditional subsistence.
Dylan is a staunch advocate for education, language preservation and environmental protection through reciprocity, he believes that language and culture can be maintained through a strong connection to and understanding of the environment.
Bizhiki Culture and Dance Company
The Bizhiki Culture & Dance Company was founded in 2016 on the pillars of public engagement and education, with the goal of furthering people’s understanding of Indigenous cultures through interactive workshops, presentations, and exhibitions. The dedicated professionals of Bizhiki engage audiences of all ages through intricate stories, traditional and contemporary dance and song, and demonstrations of traditional ecological knowledge, guiding participants to a better understanding of cultural resiliency and revitalization.
ManidooNoodin is the name that was given to Jason Schlender, who is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. He has served in many roles in his community including; Vice Chairman, Chairman of Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Institute and as Chairman of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Voigt Inter-Tribal Taskforce.
He holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a Masters of Arts in Tribal Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He was previously an instructor at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College (LCOOCC) and was a Culture and Language Specialist at the Red Cliff Early Childhood Center.
Jason is a second language learner of the Ojibwe language, has studied the Ojibwe language at LCOOCC, and has acquired language by immersing himself in Ojibwe ceremonies and life ways. Jason is an active treaty rights practitioner and assists his community with seasonal harvest activities and ceremonial events.