MARQUETTE, Mich. – Marquette City Commission candidate Andrew Lorinser procured one of two top-tier placings in the general election of Aug. 6 after several endorsements — including support from the U.P. Regional Labor Federation, Mayor Pro-tem Sarah Reynolds and others. In his first endorsement announcement of the general election, Lorinser says he’s honored to have the backing of April Lindala.
Lindala is a professor at Northern Michigan University and the former director of the Center for Native American Studies (CNAS). She is well known in Marquette for her activism. Lindala’s efforts to privilege Indigenous ways of being to the local community transcend her work on campus and through the region. She is a long-time Marquette City resident.
“Everyone at CNAS challenges me intellectually and professionally.” said Lorinser. “I’ve learned so much. [April’s] lessons in the office and when I have seen her speak in the community are always eye-opening. April is power; power in one of the most transformative ways. She educates by taking our blinders off. Her endorsement is huge. This one means a lot.”
Through Lindala and others in academia at CNAS, Lorinser says his exposure to Indigenous issues gives him broad insight into Climate Change, social justice and equity. A major policy on which both Lorinser and Lindala agree is an Environmental Bill of Rights for the City, which protects citizen’s rights to a clean and healthy environment, and includes local standards for air and ecologically healthy habitats in order to preserve the natural, scenic, historic, and aesthetic qualities of the environment.
Lorinser also supports efforts to build an Anishinaabe ceremonial fire site in the proverbial center of city, municipal recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and downtown way-finder and landmark signage in Ojibwe language.
“I am really proud to be able to be here in front of the majestic Lake Superior,” said Lindala in a recent endorsement video. “Lake Superior is one of the reasons that keeps me in this beautiful town. I know that when I vote for Andrew Lorinser, he’s going to have a lot of things on his mind. Not only the environment, but also how to take care of other beings and other humans on this Earth.”
Her endorsement mentions support of Lorinser’s initiatives to increase the supply of affordable housing, gain movement on equality and inclusion, and her confidence in the candidate’s abilities to be a voice for the voiceless.
“April is prolific,” said Lorinser. “She’s an intellectual seed planter and we are her garden. It’s not only humbling that I’m vying for the opportunity to serve her, but that I also have her public support. I’m very grateful.”
“Boozhoo. Shé:kon. I’m April Lindala. I am a long time resident of the City of Marquette. I also work at Northern Michigan University. I am really proud to be able to be here in front of the majestic Lake Superior. Lake Superior is one of the reasons that keeps me in this beautiful town. I know that when I vote for Andrew Lorinser, he’s going to have a lot of things on his mind. Not only the environment, but also how to take care of other beings and other humans on this Earth. One of those ways is going to be housing. One of those ways is going to be equality. And one of those ways is giving voice to those who don’t have one. That’s why I’m putting my vote forward to support Andrew Lorinser for City Commission.” – April Lindala