Ask ELi: What’s Behind the Land Acknowledgment of the Indigenous History of East Lansing?

East Lansing, including Michigan State University, occupies the Lands of the Anishinaabeg, and Indigenous faculty at MSU are drawing attention to that with a Land Acknowledgement statement. The City has sometimes adapted and used the statement, too. What is the history of this Land Acknowledgment? What might it mean moving forward?

What We Know About The Montgomery Drain Project

In the weeks and months following torrential rains that flooded portions of East Lansing and numerous basements, ELi has had several readers inquire about the ongoing Montgomery Drain Project and its potential future impact in mitigating local flooding. What do we know?

“Thank You, Pandemic”?

More places to relax outdoors, convenient pink parking spots, MSU disciplining problematic off-campus behavior, more people participating in government. Maybe the pandemic hasn’t been all bad?

East Lansing’s Rental-Restriction Overlay Districts Could Be Outlawed

If a law under consideration is enacted by the State, Airbnb could suddenly become legal where now illegal in East Lansing, and existing rental-restriction overlay districts would be eliminated in Brookfield, Lantern Hill, Oakwood, Whitehills, Old Whitehills, Harrison Meadows, Bailey, Chesterfield Hills, Red Cedar and Ivanhoe, Southeast Marble, Walnut Heights, Farwood, Glencairn, Pinecrest, Hawk Nest, Hawthorn, and Shaw Estates.

Lots of News Out of City Council This Week

The police budget, marijuana revenue, Parks & Rec’s money problems, a key employee’s retirement, the Graduate Hotel’s liquor licenses, dog poop, a sod farm, and more. We bring you up to speed on what you missed at City Council this week.