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Sunday, January 24 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Welcome Reception

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(Note: food and beverages will be available immediately following the tribal flag raising ceremony taking place at 6:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by: Bass Pro Shops; Cardno, Inc.; Invenergy, LLC; Jay’s Sporting Goods; Meijer; Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development; Michigan State University, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, AgBioResearch and Extension; and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Start off the Conference with a bang by joining us for the Welcome Reception and After Party! Attendees will be greeted by the Conference Hosts and have a unique opportunity to witness one of our local Native American Tribes present their nation’s flag to kick off our amazing Conference. Enjoy hors d’ oeuvres and a complimentary beverage while networking and reconnecting with peers and professionals. The socializing continues during the After Party with Grand Rapid’s own Stay for the Pie, a local band with a big sound and a big love of music! The fun-filled evening is the perfect way to jump start a week of networking, presentations, workshops, social events, and more!


The Ogitch-E-Daa color guard of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Tribe, commonly known as the Gun Lake Tribe, will be presenting flags at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference welcoming social.  The Ogitch-E-Daa is a group of military veterans and they will post the Tribal, State and American flags.  With the Ogitch-E-Daa we will be honoring and recognizing the rich heritage which each of the flags embody.    

Sunday January 24, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Ambassador E & W