First Lady Biden Hears Success of Project AWARE, Which Provides Hope for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
October 26, 2021
ISABELLA INDIAN RESERVATION - First Lady Jill Biden made a visit to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's Ziibiwing Center on the Isabella Indian Reservation on Sunday afternoon. It was her second trip to an Indian reservation since becoming first lady in January. Also part of the first lady's entourage was Assistant Secretary of the Interior – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland, who is the former leader of the Bay Mills Indian Community.
"I'm a teacher, so I'm looking forward to what the kids have to say," Biden said, empathizing that as a teacher she knows how difficult it was to go back to school during the pandemic.
In addition to wanting to know how Saginaw Chippewa students have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, she came to the reservation, with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to listen to a panel discuss the success of Project AWARE, which stands for "Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education." The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is in its third year of a five-year, $9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).