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MHS returns archaeological artifacts to Bois Forte Band
Friday, August 24 2012
 
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More than 7,000 archaeological materials as old as 800 to 3000 years were returned to the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa in July by the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS).
The collection includes stone tools, arrowheads, fragments of ceramic vessels and copper artifacts. The materials were excavated in 1948 from Bois Forte Band tribal land on Nett Lake in Koochiching County without permission from the Band. The artifacts were obtained and held by the University of Minnesota until 1999, when they were turned over to MHS.
Responding to a request from the Bois Forte Tribal Council, MHS has returned the artifacts, some of which may eventually be displayed at the Bois Forte Heritage Museum at Fortune Bay Resort on Lake Vermillion. The museum has the specialized facilities and professional staff to care for the collection.
"The Bois Forte people are the best stewards of our history and the best tellers of our story. The objects are home where they belong, where we can learn from them and use them to educate people about Bois Forte," said Kevin Leecy, Chairman of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.
Court Rules Flambeau 'Model Mine' Violated Clean Water Act
Friday, August 24 2012
 
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A federal court ruled in July that Flambeau Mining Company (FMC) violated the Clean Water Act on numerous occasions by allowing pollution from its Flambeau Mine site, near Ladysmith, Wis., to enter the Flambeau River and a nearby tributary known as Stream C.
The lawsuit was filed last year by the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council (WRPC), the Center for Biological Diversity, and Laura Gauger. The complaint charged that Flambeau Mining Company (a subsidiary of Kennecott Minerals Company / Rio Tinto) was violating the Clean Water Act by discharging stormwater runoff containing pollutants, including toxic metals, from a detention basin known as a biofilter.  
The Flambeau Mine near Ladysmith, Wisc. has a long history of controversy due, in part, to the proximity of the mine to the Flambeau River. A federal court ruled that the mine, which ceased operations in 1997 and has since been reclaimed, violated the federal Clean Water Act on numerous occasions over the past 6 years.
The Flambeau is a popular river for fishing and canoeing and provides habitat for a wide variety of aquatic and wildlife species, including bald eagles and osprey. The Flambeau Mine operated near the river from 1993 to 1997. Since the close of mining operations, Flambeau Mining Company has faced persistent groundwater and surface water quality problems at the site, most notably at a 32-acre industrial park that remains operational.
Annual Ojibwe language camp has almost 700 campers
Monday, July 30 2012
 
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Almost 700 register campers attended the 4th Annual Ambe Ojibwemodaa language camp held June 21 - 24 at the Kiwenz campground on the north shore of Big Lake in Sawyer, Minnesota. One camper came from as far away as New Zealand to attend. For the st­ory, see Fond Du Lac Follies on page 12.

Carri Jones becomes first woman and youngest tribal chair of Leech Lake
Monday, July 30 2012
 
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res_news_carrie_jones_wins_leech_lake_electiontif.jpg Carri Jones, 32, has become the first female Tribal Chair of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the youngest person to win the top ranking position. The June 12 Leech Lake elections resulted in Jones ousting current Chairman Arthur "Archie" LaRose.
Jones will be the first female to lead the 9,000+ member Leech Lake Band. She has degrees in business administration and accounting from Bemidji State University. She also has more than twelve years experience working with tribal governments in finance-related roles.
The June 12 Leech Lake General Election results, which saw Carri Jones and LeRoy Staples-Fairbanks III oust two incumbents, were upheld as Leech Lake Chairman Arthur "Archie" LaRose and District III Representative Eugene "Ribs" Whitebird withdrew their respective election contests before Election Contest Judge Richard Osburn.
Because there's no automatic recount, LaRose and Whitebird both asked for recounts. But LaRose and Whitebird withdrew their contests after a pre-hearing conference and a two hour discovery process. Bruce Baird, who represented the incumbents at the hearing, informed Judge Osburn that "the burden of proof is too severe," so the incumbents were dropping their contests. Judge Osburn noted that he would issue orders reflecting the withdrawals of the contests.
First Sturgeon spawning activity at Keshena Falls in over 100 years
Thursday, May 17 2012
 
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The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin announced that the effort to reintroduce Sturgeon to their historic spawning grounds on the Wolf River at Keshena Falls is showing successful results. Menominee Tribal Conservation Department in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has reported observation of early spawning activity at Keshena Falls.
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