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Honoring Native American Graduates with Cultural Blanketing Ceremony

EAGLE stands for Educating Anishinaabe: Giving, Learning, Empowering and is the Native American staff and faculty association at MSU. We have been honoring Native American student leaders with a wool blanket at graduation for over 20 years. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has impacted our fundraising ability these past two years. EAGLE typically raises enough funds to purchase three to four blankets with our annual coffee and water stand at the MSU Pow Wow hosted by NAISO (North American Indigenous Student Organization) each year. 

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pow Wow has been cancelled for the last two years. Thus, EAGLE needs your help in covering the costs of the blankets for our upcoming and future graduates.   

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference 

Support of the EAGLE Native American Graduate Blanketing Ceremony builds community, honors our graduates who have serve our community and draws attention to the land upon which Michigan State University rests.   

This ceremony is held in the recognition of Native American student leaders at MSU. It is also a great way to bring the Land Acknowledgement responsibilities to fruition for non-natives looking for a way to connect and support the Native American students on campus. 

Project Budget 

Funds will be used to buy approximately 11 blankets that will be given to Native American graduating undergraduategraduate, and professional students who are active within our Native community on and off campus. 

The money raised will be used to purchase wool blankets that will be bestowed upon Native American graduates who have been active in the Native American community on and off the MSU campus. It will provide the resources needed to purchase these blankets which is a challenge for our small community to raise each year. Blankets cost roughly $275 each, which if you have four to six graduates a year, can add up to costs in excess of $1,500 for an organization whose running balance is often under $500.  

Who We Are

EAGLE stand for Educating Anishinaabe: Giving, Learning, Empowering. We are the American Indian faculty and staff association at MSU. EAGLE has honored Native American Student Leaders with the presentation of either a Pendleton or 8th Generation wool blanket at the Native American Graduation event for over 20 years. 

These blankets have special significance in Anishinaabe culture. They are given to recognize significant achievements such as graduations or awards. They symbolize the community's support and warmth to the recipient. The graduation event was historically organized by the North American Indigenous Student Organization (NAISO). Since 2017, American Indian and Indigenous Studies has taken the lead role in organizing the event in collaboration with NAISO, EAGLE, NAI and other campus partners.  

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 22OOPCF1EAGLE” in the note section.


Remember the CARES Act has been extended for calendar year 2021 allowing taxpayers to take a charitable deduction of up to $300/$600 for those who take the standard deduction. As always, please consult your tax advisor/attorney for advice on your specific situation.

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