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1854 TREATY AUTHORITY
Jul
06

Settlement Reached for St. Louis River Superfund Site

Natural resource trustees announced an $8.2 million settlement with XIK, LLC, Honeywell International, Inc., and Domtar, Inc. to resolve a claim for natural resource damages at the St. Louis River / Interlake / Duluth Tar (SLRIDT) site. The 1854 Treaty Authority, on behalf of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, has been involved with the process with the interest of restoring natural and cultural resources in the St. Louis River estuary. Read the press release from the Department of Justice.

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Jun
23

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Youth Practicum

Please help us connect kids with this great opportunity!

NAFWS has opened registration for their Youth Practicum (link below). The program targets tribal youth, entering10-12 grade. This FULLY PAID, week long trip engages students in natural resource management career opportunities, and this year the Mississippi Choctaw are hosting. Lets get some representation from the Great Lakes Region!

 

National Summer Youth Practicum in the Southeast Region
hosted by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

July 24-28, 2017
Choctaw, Mississippi

 

The Native American Fish & Wildlife Society is proud to sponsor its 26th annual National Summer Youth Practicum hosted by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians scheduled for July 24, 2017 to July 28, 2017 in Choctaw, MS.  The Practicum is designed to provide Native American high school students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of natural resources, fish and wildlife and parks management. Information on college scholarship opportunities, and environmental sciences will be discussed. During the 5-day (or week-long) program, students will stay on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians reservation and will participate in field education, recreational outdoor activities, field trips, traditional methods of education and classroom instruction. A unique aspect of the program is the use of Native American professionals who are active in their fields and Tribal elders as teachers. The Summer Youth Practicum is open to incoming 10th grade to 12th grade Native American high school students who are interested in the preservation, protection, and enhancement of tribal natural resources. Students must be in good physical condition as physical activities are a part of the practicum. Travel Days are Monday July 24 and Friday July 28, 2017.
 

For more information, please email or call:

 

Sasha Hoskie              NAFWS, Education Coordinator, (303) 931-8871    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mitzi Reed                   NAFWS, SE Board Member, (601) 656-5251          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michael LaVoie           NAFWS, SE Board Member,                                     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

D. Fred Matt               NAFWS, Executive Director, (303) 905-1250           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Click Here to Register for this Event

 

Here are photos from the 2016 Youth Practicum held in Bellingham WA at the Northwest Indian College:

     

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Jun
19

Report on the Impacts of Rusty Crayfish on Wild Rice

Our invasive species program puts a lot of emphasis on investigating the presence and impacts of invasive species on culturally significant and traditionally harvested resources. Since 2013, 1854 has been researching how the invasive rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) is affecting aquatic vegetation, specifically manoomin. Read the newly released 2017 Technical Report on Potential Impacts of Rusty Crayfish on Wild Rice in the 1854 Ceded Territory.

 

 

Can you identify a Rusty Crayfish?

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Jun
02

HOT OFF THE PRESS - 1854 Newsletter, Summer 2017

1854 Treaty Authority's Niibin (summer) newsletter an features an exciting update from our wolf project, and an announcement of the public meetings we are hosting as part of our Conservation Code revision process. Don't miss the article on Lyme disease - we want everyone to be safe while out harvesting this season! Check out the new FREE camping opportunities in the Superior National Forest for Grand Portage and Bois Forte members, and meet our new staff.

 

READ IT NOW

 

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May
31

Get Ready for Ricing Season

Living by the clock and calendar doesn't always allow us to take advantage of those perfect days for prime fishing or blueberry picking. But it's never to early to be prepared! Wild Rice harvest season opens August 15th in the 1854 Ceded Territory. Your checklist should include:

  • 1854 ID card, tribal ID, OR MN state ricing permit

  • canoe

  • paddles

  • pfd's

  • push pole

  • flails

  • bags

It's our job at 1854 to assist our band members in getting out to hunt, fish and gather. We want to make sure you have the right tools for the job. Consider joining us at our Manoomin Knocking Sticks Workshop this July, and craft your own set of flails! 

*Space is limited, so sign up today! Register under the QuickLink "Manoomin Knocking Sticks Workshop" on the home page of the 1854 Treaty Authority website: www.1854treatyauthority.org  

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May
19

Conservation Code Revision Open House Meetings

1854 hosts Conservation Code Revision public meetings next week! (see the attached flyer for times and locations) Stop by, update your 1854 ID card, chat with administration, education, biology and enforcement staff about our current programs. *Please note: if you intend on swinging by our office to get an 1854 ID during the week of June 19th-22nd, you will only be able to retrieve one from 8am-noon, Monday through Thursday!!!

 

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May
19

Mercury and Fish Consumption

A  2011 study by MDH showed that 10 percent of newborns tested in the North Shore region had mercury above levels of concern in their blood. Too much mercury can cause lasting problems with understanding and learning. The 2011 study results spurred a collaboration in 2013 among Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Grand Portage Health Service, North Shore Health, Trust Lands Grand Portage Band of Chippewa and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), resulting in the Fish are Important for Superior Health (FISH) Project. The FISH Project’s goals were to reduce mercury exposure in women in the area and pilot an in-clinic screening for high mercury exposure.

Read the news release for the project.

Check out the promotional video.

See the FISH project technical report

 

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May
18

Moose Habitat Evaluation Report

1854 Treaty Authority technical report, Moose Utilization of Habitat Restoration Sites, was published last week. Take a minute to catch up on our moose management activities involving the evaluation of moose browse preference, evaluation of habitat enhancement for availability of quality moose habitat, and the prevalence of detrimental parasites in moose habitat.

 

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May
08

2017 Netting Clinic

The 2017 Netting Clinic was a hit! On the shores of Lake Vermilion behind the Bois Forte Community Center, over 100 5th and 6th grade students from multiple schools in the area, gathered to learn something new about traditional subsistance culture. We couldn't as for better weather to host the LARGEST group of students in 6 years running! Thanks to all who coordinated, donated fish for the event, gave the blessing, set and pulled the nets, prepared food (the fish and frybread were great!), shared info on canoeing safety, described the meaning of treaty rights, and demonstrated how to clean fish. See photos from the day on our Facebook page. 

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May
03

Bois Forte DNR Vacancies

The Bois Forte Department of Natural Resources is hiring an Environmental Manager and a Forestry Coordinator. Applications are due by May 19th.

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Apr
26

Office closed - Wednesday April 26th

The Duluth-office of the 1854 Treaty Authority is closed today, Wednesday April 26th due to weather conditions. We will reopen with regular business hours tomorrow, Thursday April 27th. Be safe on the roads everyone!

 

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Apr
19

Phragmites Open House

Phragmites Open House

*a FREE Invasive Species Open House*

 

Non-native phragmites has caused some devastating effects to the ecosystems and properties in Michigan and Wisconsin. Minnesota is in the unique position of catching this invasive species early and having the ability to control it before it causes the same devastating effects as it has to our neighboring states.

 

Join us Thursday April 20th at Pier B Resort from 6-8pm! Participants can learn to identify phragmites, understanding the detrimental effects of its establishment, and what is currently being done in our region to control it. This open house will be a very low key event with posters and samples to look, at as well as an open question and answer forum with some phragmites experts...and did we mention FREE appetizers while you peruse around the event???

 

Please help us spread the word by forwarding the information to folks in your network. We hope to see you there!

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Mar
20

2 Vacancy Announcements

Want to join our team? We are hiring an Invasive Species Aide and a Fish and Wildlife Aide. Have the time of your life on an electrofishing boat, enjoy every day outdoors conducting surveys, and beef up your resume with an enormous amount of experience with our fish and wildlife management and research programs! Applications are due Friday April 7th. 

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Mar
09

Weigh in on the 1854 Conservation Code Revision

We are revising the 1854 Ceded Territory Conservation Code, and offering our constituents the chance to weigh in on any changes they would like to see to the existing 1854 Conservation Code and/or Gathering Code.

How to provide input: The comment form can be printed, filled out and

1) mailed to or dropped off at the main office: 1854 Treaty Authority, 4428 Haines Rd., Duluth MN, 55811

2) scanned and e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3) submit comments via this online form (closed)

 We will accept written comments through April 28, 2017.

 

Miigwech for your input!

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Mar
07

Snowmobile Safety: 3 New Certified Riders

Snowmobile Safety: 3 New Certified Riders

Although we've had a fluctuating winter, we were able to find some snow to hold a Snowmobile Safety Field Day in Vermilion, Saturday February 25th. Congrats to our three participants, for completing their self-study, mastering the driving course and passing the certification training! Thanks to the Bois Forte CO's and the Boys and Girls Club staff for making the day a success! See photos from the day on the 1854 Facebook page. Watch Jonathan, Rey and Brant show the driving course who is boss on the 1854 YouTube channel.

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Mar
02

Spring Newsletter 2017

Spring Newsletter 2017

1854 Treaty Authority's Ziigwan (spring) newsletter features teasers from the Resource Management Division's 2016 annual reports and a summary of our Conservation Code revision process, including how you can weigh in. Check out Fond du Lac's Iskigamizigan (sugar bush) tapping guidelines (thanks FLD forestry!), and learn how to start composting...just in time for Earth Day. Find the newsletter on the Education and Outreach page...

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Feb
21

Indigenous Pottery Workshop

Indigenous Pottery Workshop

1854 has partnered with the St. Louis County Historical Society to bring an indigenous pottery workshop to the Duluth-area. This is a family program, scheduled for Saturday March 11th, at 10am, and held at the Duluth Depot. The workshop is FREE, but registration is REQUIRED, as space is LIMITED.  Miigwech to all who are registered, we are now FULL! If you have any questions about the upcoming workshop please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Feb
21

1854 Offers Traveling, In-classroom Presentations

1854 Offers Traveling, In-classroom Presentations

Would you like someone fro the 1854 Treaty Authority to come and speak to your school class, civic group or at a public event, about any programs we are engaed in?

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a presentation: learn about our on-going management projects, review how treaty rights are protected and managed today, or discover culturally significant and traditionally harvested resources in a new light!

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Jan
25

Public Notice, Grand Portage Tribe Water Quality Standards Triennial Review

PUBLIC NOTICE

GRAND PORTAGE TRIBE

WATER QUALITY STANDARDS TRIENNIAL REVIEW

 

The Grand Portage Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe has water quality standards (WQS) approved by the U.S. EPA under section 303 of the Clean Water Act. Public comment period starts January 27th and will remain open through March 14th. 

Grand Portage seeks public comments on the following items:  (1) proposed changes in recreation criteria; (2) proposed biological criteria; (3) proposed ammonia criteria; (4) proposed nutrient criteria; and (5) whether any other changes should be made to the WQS during the triennial review process. The proposed recreation, nutrient, biological, and ammonia criteria are provided in red font in the Grand Portage Water Quality Standards.

* The Public Notice with contact information was removed March 14th, 2017.

* The Grand Portage Reservation Water Quality Standards, with proposed changes was removed March 14th, 2017.

* Supporting Information for Grand Portage Proposed Nutrient Criteria was removed March 14th, 2017.

 

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Jan
13

MPCA Open Houses

MPCA Open Houses

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is hosting three open houses on the wild rice sulfate standard rule-making...

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