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Aug
20

Youth Camp a Success

For Immediate Release

 

FOSTERING THE NEXT GENERATION TO GANAWENJIGE (TAKE CARE OF THINGS)

 

Duluth, MN – August 16th, 2019 - Six Native American students spent the week of July 29th-August 2nd, 2019 with the 1854 Treaty Authority at Nenda - Gikendan Noopiming gaye Nibiing (seeking knowledge in the woods and place of water), a natural resource careers camp for tribal youth in the 1854 Ceded Territory, or Minnesota’s Arrowhead region.

The week-long, overnight camp experience was designed to provide up-and-coming native high school aged students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of natural resource management. “We hope to encourage [these youth] to pursue related college majors and careers, and hopefully take our roles in tribal resource management jobs someday”, says 1854 Treaty Authority Cultural Preservation Specialist and Camp Coordinator, Marne Kaeske.

Youth participants spent time in classroom sessions, field trips, and worked alongside professionals in fish and game monitoring survey activities throughout the week. Some of the highlights included electrofishing surveys with 1854 fisheries staff, listening to a migratory songbird’s heart beat with Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center MAPS bird banding team, shooting a dart gun (as part of a wildlife capture demonstration), meeting a K-9 unit dog “Si” and his handler Officer Mike Fairbanks, and a guided hike to the Spirit Tree with Grand Portage council member, John Morrin. 

Camp Nenda was modeled after the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society’s (NAFWS) National Youth Practicums, of which 1854 participated in in 2016 and 2017. “As a chaperone for two past National Youth Practicums, I was in awe of the variety of exploratory applications that the youth participants had, on lakes, streams, wetlands, with fish, wildlife, forests, traditional knowledge… it was really impressive. I knew we would should be holding a similar event for our tribal youth in the Great Lakes Region”, said Kaeske. It has been over ten years since the Great Lakes Region of the NAFWS has hosted a youth practicum. “We have many culturally significant species right here on Ceded Lands, and knowledgeable natural resource professionals working to protect them. By exposing the students to current tribal management projects, they become part of the conversation and therefore the stewards. I am looking forward to hosting bigger and better youth camps using what we learned this year.”

The 1854 Treaty Authority is an inter-tribal natural resource management agency that manages the off-reservation hunting, fishing and gathering rights of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in the lands ceded under the Treaty of 1854. 

For more information, contact Marne Kaeske, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Aug
13

2019 Manoominike Giizis

It’s looking to be a good year for manoomin across the 1854 Ceded Territory. Plan to get out harvesting this year! 

1854 Treaty Authority will be updating the website for the latest conditions from now until the end of the season. See our the Wild Rice Condition Updates page.

(photo, Upper St. Louis River, 8/7/19)

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Jul
16

2019 Moose Hunt Applications

1854 Ceded Territory 2019 Moose Hunt Applications and Information Booklets are now available! Applications are due to by August 16th 2019 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NO LATE ACCEPTIONS. Snail mail, e-mail or fill them out in our office.

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Jun
26

Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz June 30th

June 24, 2019

Duluth, Minnesota – Aquatic invasive species across the Great Lakes will get the blitz this summer. Partners at hundreds of water access sites throughout the region will be participating in an AIS Landing Blitz from June 28 to July 7 designed to inform boaters and others of the risks of introducing and spreading aquatic invasive species.

Minnesota is hosting Landing Blitz activities at the following five locations, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on June 30, 2019.

  • Munger Landing, Duluth
  • Rices Point Landing, Duluth (*hosted by 1854 Treaty Authority)
  • Agate Bay Boat Launch, Two Harbors
  • Beaver House, Grand Marais
  • HooDoo Point North, Tower

 
Volunteers, along with paid inspectors, will be partnering with state and provincial agencies at boat launches to demonstrate procedures used to prevent the spread of AIS and ways to identify AIS. They will also have information about the protocols for reporting an AIS discovery and local AIS laws and regulations.

While similar events have been hosted by individual states and provinces in previous years, organizers say this is the first time that all of the Great Lakes states and provinces are involved and coordinating efforts to maximize the event’s effect.

The event is an opportunity to work directly with boaters and deliver a coordinated, regional message about the importance of AIS prevention during the busiest boating weekends of the year.

“Working with local communities and volunteers will be key to the success of the event, said Doug Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant AIS program coordinator.

The community members who are taking time out of their day to participate demonstrates that it takes efforts by everyone to help protect lakes and rivers from the unwanted impacts of invasive species.

For more information on the AIS Landing Blitz, including educational materials, location, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.glc.org/blitz

The 2019 Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz is a multi-agency partnership effort. In Minnesota, Great Lakes Regional AIS Landing Blitz partners include Minnesota Sea Grant, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Watercraft Inspection and Law Enforcement Programs, Wildlife Forever, North St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lake Vermilion Association, Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District AIS Program, 1854 Treaty Authority, Cook County AIS Program, and University of Minnesota Extension AIS Detectors Program.

For more information contact: Landing Blitz website or Doug Jensen, 218-726-8712, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Jun
22

Manoomin Push Pole Workshop

It will be manoominike-giizis (wild ricing moon) before we know it. Don't get stuck using that duck bill pole again... craft your own with ceded territory wood and protect our rice! Join 1854's gaandakii'iganaak (push pole) workshop - Friday July 26th, from 11am-3pm. All materials and lunch are included.
 
Space and supplies are limited to make 15 push poles only; We can facilitate 15 participants/pairs/families.
*As of July 16th, our push pole class is FULL! Please stay tuned for future opportunities.
 

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Jun
13

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society 2019 Youth Practicum

The Native American Fish & Wildlife Society (NAFWS) is proud to announce the National Summer Youth Practicum (SYP) scheduled for July 29-August 2, 2-19 or August 5-August 9, 2019 at Camp Chaparral on the Yakama Nation reservation in Yakama, Washington. The National Summer Youth Practicum's goal is to welcome incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Native American students who are interested in the preservation, protection, and enhancement of natural resources within their own tribe and community. The program provides an academic experience in a tribal environment. During the program, students will spend their time at Camp Chaparral participating in classroom sessions, field education, recreational activities, field trips, traditional methods, and, most important, interaction with students their own age from various tribes and states. A unique aspect of the program is the use of Native American professionals who are active in the field and, even more important, the invaluable teachings from Tribal Elders. The application is included. Thank you for your interest and please contact us for more information, please email or call: Sasha Hoskie, NAFWS, (303) 931-8871, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Jun
12

Voyage Of Discovery!

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Join the National Park Service, Grand Portage National Monument and SeaGrant on a trip to Isle Royale! This overnight camp experience is for youths ages 9-12 with an adult mentor. Educators are also welcome to participate! There are three (3) weekend options to choose from. Register HERE.

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Jun
07

Sandy Lake Tragedy Memorial Ceremonies, July 31st

Mikwendaagoziwag Ceremonies at Sandy Lake

 
All are welcome to join GLIFWC in commemorating the 1850 Sandy Lake Tragedy. It is a time to remember the sacrifices made by many tribal members who arrived at Sandy Lake to receive annuity payments, but found only inadequate and spoiled rations, delayed payments and for many, death. A morning ceremony will be held at the east boat landing, then a paddle across the lake. Ceremonies and a noon feast to follow at the Mikwendaagoziwag Monument at the Sandy Lake Recreation Site. See GLIFWC’s Facebook page for maps, directions, and details.

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Jun
04

Newsletter, NIIBIN 2019

1854 Treaty Authority's Niibin (summer) newsletter is AVAILABLE HERE!


It features an update on Superior National Forest campground use by band members, a summary on Resource Management’s study on mercury in walleye vs. smallmouth bass, and announces the new tribal climate adaptation menu. Meet our new staff, and see what events you can catch us at this summer!
 

As always, if you have any questions don't hesitate to give us a call!

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May
28

Climate Specialist Vacancy

1854's Resource Management Division is hiring a Climate Specialist. This is a regular, full-time position (1 year, extension dependent upon funding). Application materials (including 1854 Application for Employment) are due June 21st, 2019.

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May
22

Tribal Adaptation Menu

The Anishinaabeg and all indigenous communities have been adapting to the environment and changing climate conditions since their existence. However, there is a sense of importance that requires some accelerated action to strategize a plan forward to conserve the relatives (resources) that we still have. It is especially important with fixed boundaries such as the 1854 Ceded Territory, because once the resources move out of the territory there is the disruption of treaty rights. These disruptions can affect communities spiritually, mentally and physically.

In the Spring of 2017, the Northern Institute for Applied Climate Sciences (NIACS) held an Adapting Forested Watersheds to Climate Change Workshop in Minocqua, WI. A case study for a wild rice restoration project was included as part of the workshop to be used with the NIACS Adaptation Workbook and Adaptation Menu. Anishinaabeg and indigenous workshop participants felt that the current NIACS menu did not adequately recognize or incorporate cultural considerations important for climate adaptation projects. As a result, the workshop participants as well as others who used the current NIACS menu decided to discuss the development of a new menu known as Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad (Caring for Those Who Take Care of Us).

The purpose of Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad was to approach climate adaptation from a cultural perspective. Anishinaabeg believe their truths are still relevant and it is only now that Western facts have begun to verify knowledge that has been the foundations of their existence for millennia. Decisions for use of the relatives were originally communal decisions made with recognition and acknowledgement through respectreciprocity, and relationships.

Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad is not intended to prescribe a singular indigenous approach for caring of the land and relatives. However, Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad provides suggestions to assist in addressing needs of an Anishinaabe or another indigenous community.  It is encouraged for non-indigenous people or organizations interested in cultural approaches to climate adaptation and management to use Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad. It is with great understanding that the underlying values and principles will guide your efforts and transform the dominant paradigm to one that is cultural, ethical, and effective.

Read Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad.

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May
09

Enforcement Vacancy

1854's Enforcement Division is hiring an Enforcement Specialist Non-LEO. This is a temporary position. Application materials (resume and 1854 Application for Employment) are due May 23rd, 2019.

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May
06

1854 hosts ATV Safety Certification in Grand Portage

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May
02

Youth Camp Applications Due: MAY 30TH!

Ever wonder what it is like to work as a biologist or conservation officer? 

The 1854 Treaty Authority is hosting a week-long tribal youth camp in the Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region. From July 29ththrough August 2nd, American Indian high school students will dive into REALfish, wildlife and environmental activities. 

At this totally FREE camp, see what goes into resource management and enforcement careers. Meet other native students while monitoring manoomin, participating in fisheries surveys, and touring restoration field sites.

Are you a freshman, sophomore or junior affiliated with a tribe in Minnesota, Michigan and/or Wisconsin? Apply by May 30th, at www.1854treatyauthority.org. Join camp‘Nenda’– and prepare yourself to take care of the land and your people.

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Apr
19

2019 Climate Strong! Educator Training

Cathy Techtmann, Environmental Outreach Specialist

UW-Extension, 300 Taconite St., Hurley, WI 54534

Phone: 715.561.2695 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2019

 

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2019 CLIMATE STRONG! EDUCATOR INSTITUTE

 

Join a growing network of teachers and community educators who are engaging youth in climate leadership and community resiliency by attending the 2019 Climate Strong! Educator Institute, July 8-12 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI and field locations within Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay region including the Bad River and Red Cliff tribal communities.

This professional development opportunity is designed to build climate teaching and leadership competencies in formal and informal educators, community leaders, and youth educators especially those serving tribal youth. The training integrates Oijbwe traditional ecological knowledge and leadership teachings, place-based investigations, and climate research.

Institute applications are now being accepted with enrollment limited to 30 participants. There is no cost to attend. Stipends and follow up support including mini-grants for youth-led community climate resiliency projects are available. Participants will receive multi-disciplinary teaching tools and resources that will build climate leadership confidence and capacity, both personally and in the youth they serve.

Climate Strong! is a partnership between the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, 1854 Treaty Authority, and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, with funding through a NOAA Climate Resiliency Grant.

For more information, Institute agenda, and an application visit the Climate Strong! website https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/nglvc/climate-strong/ or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; phone 715.561.2695

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Apr
19

Easter Holiday - Office Closure

The 1854 Treaty Authority Duluth-offices will be closed noon on Friday 4/19 through Monday 4/22 in observance of Good Friday and Easter. Regular business hours (8am-4:30pm) will resume Tuesday 4/23. We wish all a safe and happy holiday!

*We don't want to miss you! If you plan on stopping by, its best call ahead and give us a heads-up.

 

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Apr
04

SLCHS host Indigenous GEODOME event

St. Louis County Historical Society's American Indian Advisory Committee is hosting the GEODOME, Monday April 29th, from 10:30-12:30pm. Jim Rock, UMD's Planetarium Program Director, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with Ojibwe and Dakota constellation stories!

Any classes and school groups are invited to come down to the Duluth Depot to participate. Each presentation lasts 20 mins and the dome can hold 30 at a time. 1854 Treaty Authority staff will also be there with a few fun crafts and activities!

If you have questions, or would like to reserve a spot at this event, contact Charley at the SLCHS: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Apr
03

WE ARE WATER Food, Photo and Water Bar, April 12th

The WE ARE WATER partnership announces Food, Photo and Water Bar, at AICHO Friday April 12th!

 
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Apr
01

UMD's AISES hosts Sugarbush

1854 had a BLAST working with UMD’s American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) students this past weekend at iskagamizigan! The AISES students held a great boil down and feast event on Saturday March 30th on campus at the Bagley Nature Area, where over 150 folks attended. Chi-miigwech to all the contributors:

  • Michael Dahmen for donating the artwork for the event flyer
  • Jim Rock for the sunrise ceremony
  • Jim Rock and Arnie Vaineo and the prayers in Dakota and Anishinaabemowin before the feast
  • The Center for Native American and Minority Health for contributing the fabulous feast, with traditional foods
  • Duluth Grill for providing the feast (and a delicious HOT stew for a cold day!)
  • Participants from Many Rivers Montessori, FDLTCC’s Gidaa/NASA camp, AICHO’s Gimaaji program, Myers-Wilkins Elementary, and the neighbors who stopped by to learn something new
  • The Cedar Creek Drum for sharing their songs
  • 1854 staff for helping out on the tapping ceremony, and boil down day
  • All UMD students and advisors that worked together to hold this year’s sugar bush in Bagley and share their heritage!

The endeavour had a great write-up in the UMD news!

See the event coverage on two TV new casts:

FOX clip

WDIO clip

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Mar
25

Newsletter, Ziigwan 2019

1854 Treaty Authority's Ziigwan (spring) newsletter, AVAILABLE HERE!


It features an update on both the Governor's AND Tribal wild rice task forces, as well as this year's changes to the 1854 band member BWCAW access policy. Don't miss the announcement for our summer natural resources-focused youth camp, and catch the newly approved 2019-2020 1854 Ceded Territory fishing seasons. Check out some thoughts and announcements on iskagamizigan (sugarbush) as we start to "think spring".

As always, if you have any questions don't hesitate to give us a call!

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