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Walker's DNR Pushes Tribe Out for Strip Mine
Friday, August 02 2013
 
Written by by Rebecca Kemble,
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walkers_dnr_pushes_tribe_out.jpgOn July 23rd the Iron County Forest Committee in northern Wisconsin voted unanimously to recommend that the Iron County Board pursue criminal and civil charges against the Lac Courte Oreilles Treaty Harvest and Education camp for violating county ordinances and provisions of state County Forest Law. The vote took place with no discussion after the committee emerged from closed session with their corporate counsel.
 
The decision comes two months after the same committee voted unanimously to approve a request by the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa for a waiver to the county’s 14-day camping ordinance to allow the camp to remain established on Moore Park Road for one year.
 
On May 8, 2013 the Iron County Forestry department granted LCO Treaty Harvest and Education Camp host Melvin Gasper a Native American Gathering permit to gather plant materials and tap trees for syrup, and a firewood permit to collect down trees on Iron County forest lands. Both permits are valid through December 31, 2013.
 
According to the official minutes of the May 14 meeting, the committee voted unanimously, “authorizing Joe (Iron County Forester) to work with Corporate Counsel, Michael Pope, to write a land use permit for Lac Courte Oreilles members and their guests for camping, harvesting and educational purposes. The permit will also address sanitation issues and be one year in length.”
 
An official statement by camp organizers says the camp was established, “to make a presence in the Penokee Hills and do research in the region… To host LCO tribal members and other guests who are doing an inventory of resources, trail blazing, archaeology work and harvesting.”
Ojibwe Language Camp draws over 1,000 participants
Wednesday, July 31 2013
 
Written by Photos by Ivy Vainio,
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language_camp_-_beading_quills.jpgThe Nagaajiwanaang Ojibwe language camp was held June 13-16 at the Kiwenz Campground in Sawyer, Minn. There were over 1,200 people registered for the camp this year, with some coming from as far away as Norway and Germany.  The language camp offered different activities including a canoe race, a mini powwow, moccasin making, birch bark basket making, flute making, tanning hides, canoe races, and other traditional Ojibwe cultural skills. This is the fifth year the language camp has been held. For the first time this year, Fond du Lac Transit provided rides for reservation residents. The camp was started by Jim and Pat Northrup.

Marjorie Anderson, first woman to lead Mille Lacs band, dies at 81
Wednesday, July 31 2013
 
Written by By Rupa Shenoy Minnesota Public Radio,
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marge_anderson_passes_on.jpgThe first woman to lead the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota has died. Marjorie Anderson died June 29 of natural causes, the band said. She was 81. Anderson served the tribe in east central Minnesota from 1991 to 2000. She was elected to another four-year term as chief executive in 2008. Anderson was head of the band when it successfully sued to retain hunting and fishing rights that were promised in 19th century treaties. Anderson was secretary-treasurer of the band before becoming chief executive. Tadd Johnson, who served as legal counsel for the band under Anderson, said the band adopted executive, legislative and judicial branches and separated business decisions from political ones. “A lot of those ideas were new to Indian Country in the 1980s when the band came up with them, and then Marge followed through. She was a great stickler for details and parliamentary procedure and following the rules,” Johnson, who heads the American Indian Studies Department at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, told MPR’s Morning Edition. Anderson received awards for her leadership in Indian gambling, tribal self-governance and tribal treaty rights. In the early 1990s she was a leader in the fight to gain tribal control of federal funds allocated for American Indians.
Walleye population decline on Lake Mille Lacs concern DNR
Wednesday, July 31 2013
 
Written by By Conrad Wilson Minnesota Public Radio,
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walleye_population1.jpgThe walleye population in Lake Mille Lacs is the lowest in decades, and state Department of Natural Resources researchers are searching the lake for clues that could explain their falling numbers.

A DNR survey last fall found an average of 4.8 walleye in each of the agency’s test nets, down from about 15 or so per net in past years. But determining the size of the walleye population is a challenge, said DNR Treaties Manager Tom Jones, who helps oversee the relationship between the state and tribes that also fish the lake.

First class of students in UMD's MTAG program graduate
Wednesday, July 24 2013
 
Written by By Dan Kraker Minnesota Public Radio News,
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mtag-joe_nayquonabe.jpgTiger Brown Bull has traveled great lengths to earn his masters degree.

In two years he has put 40,000 miles on his car to make 20 weekend trips from Kyle, S.D. to the University of Minnesota Duluth for meetings that compliment online classes.

Brown Bull, who lives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, works for his tribe’s education agency. He’s one of 22 graduates in UMD’s Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program, the first of its kind in the nation. The graduates received their degrees on May 16.

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