Melissa Kiesewetter

Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Melissa Kiesewetter is the Tribal Liaison and Native American Specialist for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Melissa has a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration and worked on several college campuses before spending about a decade as the Education Director for the Waganakising Odawa, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Melissa then transitioned to the state of Michigan as the Tribal Liaison where she administers the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver and strives to elevate the presence and voice of Michigan's Indigenous Peoples and tribal nations. Melissa also does significant work in the field of education, specifically higher education, to create and ensure access and support for Indigenous/Native students and other affinity groups.