Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lake Superior Binational Forum to sponsor public meeting: "Lake Superior Ojibwe (Anishinaabeg): Protecting and Restoring the Lake Superior Basin" Nov. 14

Frog Bay Tribal National Park, Red Cliff, Wisconsin, is the nation's first tribal park of its kind. (Photo courtesy Bayfield Regional Conservancy)

ASHLAND, Wis. -- The Lake Superior Binational Forum will sponsor an open public meeting, "Lake Superior Ojibwe (Anishinaabeg): Protecting and Restoring the Lake Superior Basin," from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.on Friday, Nov. 14, at Legendary Waters Resort and Casino, Red Cliff, Wisconsin. A reception celebrating Native American Arts and Culture will follow from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Representatives of Lake Superior Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) on the western side of Lake Superior and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) will share presentations and stories of how they are successfully protecting and restoring natural ecosystems on their reservations and in ceded territories.

As participants in the Lake Superior Binational Program, tribes in the Lake Superior basin are actively engaged in programs and initiatives that meet the goals and visions established in the Lake Superior Lakewide Action Management Plan (LAMP). The LAMP is the binationally accepted outline for how federal, tribal, provincial, and state governments and agencies manage shared land and water resources in the basin.

Speakers from three tribes will talk about a variety of programs they're working on including climate change responses, invasive species controls, managing fish hatcheries and creating sustainable fish populations, wild rice restorations, mining issues and others. Tribal chairs from three Lake Superior Bands of Ojibwe will highlight their tribes' success stories: Bad River Chairman Mike Wiggins, Fond du Lac Chairperson Karen Diver, and Red Cliff Chairperson Rose Soulier.

In addition to presentations, a dozen tribal and regional groups and agencies will offer displays about a variety of lake issues and programs.

Click here for the Agenda.  

Members of the public are invited to an open public comment period starting at 4 p.m. on November 14. Anyone is welcome to express comments about any issues related to Lake Superior. The comments are shared with the agencies that manage the lake.

The Forum is also proud to host an evening of dances, music, storytelling, and updates about regional Native American issues at the evening program celebrating the role of the arts in Anishinaabeg tribes. This presentation is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Legendary Waters. Here is the schedule of performers:

5:30 p.m. -- Welcome
5:40 p.m. -- Native Expressions: Red Cliff Dance Troupe with Gretchen Morris
5:55 p.m. -- Bad River Chairman Mike Wiggins: The Art and Heart Of Water
6:25 p.m. -- Flute and Storytelling with Michael Laughing Fox Charette, Red Cliff tribal member
6:45 p.m. -- Bad River Youth Group: Save Our Water, a Film Project
7 p.m. -- Adjourn

All Binational Forum meetings are free and open to the public with no need to pre-register.

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