Eminazhichiget #1: Cecelia Rose LaPointe of Native Justice Coalition

Eminazhichiget, which translates to “person who does good things for others,” is the name of a new ongoing series where we will be celebrating Michigan’s Anishinaabek leaders. We hope to uplift their work and recognition by providing a snapshot into their work and lives, and allowing all to celebrate their success and leadership.

Our first spotlight is on Cecelia Rose LaPointe (Little Laughing Otter), Founder and Executive Director of Native Justice Coalition. Our Co-Executive Director, Holly T. Bird, sat down with Cecelia to learn more about their work, what inspires them, and their hopes for the future. Please watch the video interview and consider supporting Native Justice Coalition’s ongoing efforts “across our Great Lakes Native communities on social and racial justice work led by and for our people.”

Bio courtesy of Native Justice Coalition’s website NativeJustice.org:

Cecelia is Ojibway/Métis and is Mashkiziibi (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibway or LaPointe Band of Ojibway) and Kchiwiikwedong (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community).  They are enrolled in Mashkiziibi and maintain a strong community affiliation to Kchiwiikwedong. Cecelia identifies as Two-Spirit based in their culture from an old school and decolonial framework. They have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a Master of Arts in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. They were an NDN Changemaker Fellow through NDN Collective representing the Great Lakes Region in 2020. Cecelia has been fiercely walking a sober road since January 2nd, 2010. They have survived settler-colonial racism on numerous occasions as a form of everyday resistance.

Cecelia is also the Founder and Owner of Red Circle Consulting and Waub Ajijaak Press. They are also Consultant, Publisher, Poet, Writer, Author, and lifelong decolonial Runner. Learn more about their work, writing, and poetry on their website.

Little Laughing Otter
Cecelia Rose LaPointe