Red Lake Tribe hosts education summit out of concern for Native youth
Friday, February 11 2011
Written by Michael Meuers,
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red lake tribe hosts education summitThe Red Lake Tribal Council, Tribal College and School District joined hands to sponsor an Education Summit in concern for the Nation's youth.  The two-day event took place on  January 19  and 20 at the Seven Clans Casino and Event Center at Red Lake, Minnesota.  
The first day centered on the three northern tribes, Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth working together for better education and language preservation. Thursday's activities concentrated on the youth themselves with the focus on Red Lake students. The event's emcee was Motivational Speaker and entertainer, Chance Rush who has participated in several of the annual Red Lake Youth Leadership Summits.
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe goes solar in low income homes
Monday, September 21 2009
Written by Tom Robertson (MPR),
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The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is putting some cutting-edge solar technology on the homes of low-income tribal members. With help from a federal grant, the tribe is installing solar air heating systems in eight low-income homes.  For participating households, it's going to mean significantly lower heating costs this winter.

Ojibwe youth learn their culture hands-on
Tuesday, August 25 2009
Written by Mark St. Germaine,
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 Immersion camp

Algin Goodskye grabbed a hold of an ironwood sapling with both hands and pulled hard, as his teacher David Matrious cut away some old wiigoob bindings. Goodskye dragged it over to a pile of saplings, then he came back and asked Matrious if he could help with the next one.    

Goodskye, a 12 year old Ojibwe from Minisinaakwaang village near McGregor, Minnesota, was one of ten students who participated in the Misizahga'igani Anishiinabe Izhitwahwin Immersion culture/ language summer camp for Ojibwe children (held in June) from the Duluth public schools.
He recently moved to Duluth to improve his education opportunities, according to his mother Tanya Aubid-Schmidt.  “I kind of like it here (at Rutledge),” said Goodskye as he took a break from his work, “because it’s getting back close to home with some elders that I know.”

Native American Drug and Gang Initiative fighting crime on Wisc reservations
Tuesday, August 25 2009
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The two law officers meeting over breakfast at the Lake of the Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau, Wisc. had not gone there looking for trouble. But they found it when they walked out into the sunshine and saw two teenagers flashing bills in the parking lot.  Quickly, they patted down the teens, then searched their casino hotel room. They netted a pocketful of marijuana, four bottles of vodka and a 17-year-old girl who had told her parents she was visiting a friend in Minnesota.

A small-time bust by any standard, but this one in April 2009 represented something larger. The lawmen were Lac du Flambeau tribal Police Capt. Bob Brandenburg and Wisconsin Justice Department Special Agent Tom Sturdivant, and the sight of a state agent working side-by-side with a tribal officer to fight reservation crime symbolized a new kind of teamwork. 

The effort to open communication and cooperation between tribal and state law enforcement agencies has gotten attention far from Wisconsin. While some have raised questions about the potential impact on tribal sovereignty, others point to the effectiveness of the new approach.


Wild cougars may be returning to Lake Superior area
Monday, August 17 2009
Written by Mark St. Germaine,
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Active Image The yellow cougar loped and veered through the pine forest as chasing dogs howled and stayed close behind. Once the dogs got closer, the big cat leaped up onto a large oak tree and quickly climbed his way to the top far branches. There it perched itself and watched the commotion below. Soon the coyote hunters caught up to the dogs and stood far below in stunned silence. They stared in disbelief at the large mountain lion above them. This was northern Wisconsin, and mountain lions belonged in the Rocky Mountains.

The Wisconsin DNR was contacted by one of the hunters on March 3 and with the assistance of other dog hunters, a team of DNR biologists again treed the cougar on March 4. Hoping to tranquilize the cougar, wardens shot it with darts, but the chemicals were too weak to affect it. The cougar jumped the tree and the dogs, handlers, and the DNR agents chased the animal some distance before giving up, worrying that they might exhaust the big cat too much.

DNR wildlife specialist Ken Jonas said that the Department was interested in determining where this rare animal was going, what it was eating, where it was from, how long it’s been here, and why it was here.
“From a paw blood sample we collected…during the chase through the woods we figured out that it was a young male cougar from the Black Hills,” Jonas said. Had they been able to dart the cougar with an immobilizing agent they would have put a tracking collar on it. By following the animal, biologists would know if it stayed in Wisconsin or moved into an adjacent state.

The cougar is the largest wildcat in North America and adult male cougars weigh from 115 to 160 pounds. Adult females range from 75 to 110 pounds. Cougars are also known as puma, mountain lion, panther, American lion, and mishibijn (Ojibwa), and once roamed throughout Wisconsin. It was one of three wild cats native to the state, along with the bobcat and the Canada lynx.

The cougar disappeared from Wisconsin around 1910, but reports began to surface in the 1940s of possible cougars in the state. Since then naturalists and wildlife biologists have begun collecting reports of sightings. And since 1991, the Wis. DNR has conducted a standardized system of collecting reports of cougars.  

Benny Rogers, a long time resident of the St. Croix Reservation, said that long ago cougars were occasionally spotted deep in the woods near their settlements. “Yeah, they were around here when I was young” said Rogers. “Over at Pine Lake (Indian settlement), there was a cougar over there,” he said, “you could hear him at night. The whole village was scared.”  “It’s important it’s [the cougars] coming back,” he added, “there’s a reason for it, a story about it, that involves little spirit boys. My grandson seen them and the cougar. We’re supposed to listen to it.” Then he added, “The old timers would be happy.”

The first confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in the state was last January when one was spotted near Milton, Wisconsin. That animal was later killed in a suburb outside of Chicago. The current location of the large cat is unknown and it is Wisconsin’s second verified cougar sighting in 14 months.

Anyone sighting a cougar should report it to their nearest DNR office. Jonas advises to observe it at a distance and try of get a photo of it. If it leaves foot prints in the mud or sand, Jonas said to cover the track with a can or box to maintain its shape and prevent weathering.Mountain lions are listed as “protected wild animals” in Wisconsin and can not be killed without a permit from the DNR.

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