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Welcome Elyse!

We didn't get a chance to introduce our Human Resource Generalist/Office Manager in the 2024 summer newsletter. However, we are elated to announce the newest staffer of the Administration Division - Elyse Lawrey! 

Boozhoo! My name is Elyse Lawrey, I am the HR Generalist/Office Manager here at 1854 Treaty Authority. I started working here on May 20th so I am one of the new kids on the block. Originally from Chicago, I have lived most of my adult life in Duluth. I'm an enrolled member of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Graduating from the University of Minnesota-Duluth last month, I received my Masters of Tribal Administration and Governance. I received bachelor's degrees in American Indian Studies and English in 2013, also from UMD. Besides enjoying hiking (actually, just walking in the woods), I also enjoy fishing, camping and visiting historical places.

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Forest Roads and BWCAW Entry Points inaccessible due to washouts and flooding on the Superior National Forest


Duluth, Minn., June 20, 2024, 1930 —Damage assessments and surveys continue to be accomplished across the 3 million acres of Superior National Forest roads and lands in northeastern Minnesota. Heavy rainfall from the June 18, 2024 storms have caused numerous washouts and flooding. Water levels on lakes, streams, and rivers continue to rise and are causing impacts in many areas. This is a dynamic and slow-moving situation and some forest roads that were passable yesterday are now impacted today. Forest Service official continue to coordinate with local, county, and state partners as everyone in the region is experiencing the effects of this weather event.

Recreation Sites and Campgrounds

Most of the developed and dispersed recreation sites including developed campgrounds on the Forest remain open for visitor use. As road and water conditions change, we might need to reevaluate the status of recreation sites. Lake levels are also rising, and several boat access docks could be under water. Due to road washouts and flooding the following campgrounds are closed or only open to high clearance vehicles.

  • McDougal Lake Campground (Closed through June 27, 2024, will reevaluate next week)
  • Pfeiffer Lake Campground (Open to High Clearance Vehicles only)

Forest Roads

Numerous forest roads are flooded or have washouts which make them not drivable. The following forest roads are currently closed due to unsafe conditions.

LaCroix Ranger District (Northwest side of the Forest, St. Louis County)

  • FR 200 (200 Road)
  • FR 464 (Moose Loop South) cannot drive through the loop.
  • FR 467 (Meander Lake Road)

Laurentian Ranger District (South side of the Forest, St. Louis and Lake Counties)

  • FR 113 (Headwaters Road)
  • FR 118 (Camp 26 Road)
  • FR 122 (Langley Road)
  • FR 130 (Mooseline Road)
  • FR 256 (Pfeiffer Lake Road) south end of road has a washout.
  • FR 272 (Sturgeon Road)
  • FR 273 (Bates Road)
  • FR 278 (Dewey Lake Road)
  • FR 279 (Shannon Lake Road)
  • FR 380 (Stoney Grade)
  • FR 425 (Bundle Lake Road)
  • FR 776 Linwood Lake Road)
  • FR 1822 (Koivisto Road)

Kawishiwi Ranger District (Central part of the Forest, St. Louis and Lake Counties)

  • FR 112 (Dunka River Road)
  • FR 179 (August Lake Road)
  • FR 459 (North Grassy Road)
  • FR 1027 (Big Lake Boat Access)

Tofte Ranger District (Southeast side of the Forest, Lake and Cook Counties)

  • FR 166 (600 Road)
  • FR 172 (Wanless Road)
  • FR 174 (Dumbell Lake Road)
  • FR 177 (Mitawan Lake Road)
  • FR 342 (Two Island Lake Road)
  • FR 343 (Temperance River Road)
  • FR 346 (Richie Lake Road)
  • FR 358 (Hoist Lake Road)
  • FR 369 (Trappers Lake Road)
  • FR 373 (NW Road)
  • FR 377 (Tomahawk Road)
  • FR 912 (Victor Lake Road)

Wilderness Entry Points

Due to washouts and flooded roads several Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) Entry Points remain inaccessible. Additional Entry Points on the Tofte Ranger District were added today due to washouts and rising water levels cutting off road access.

BWCAW permits have been cancelled through June 22, 2024 for the following Entry Points:

  • Stuart River Entry Point #19
  • Angleworm Lake Entry Point #20 and Angleworm Trail Entry Point #21
  • South Hegman Lake Entry Point #77

BWCAW permits have been cancelled through June 25, 2024 for the following Entry Points:

  • Trout Lake Overnight Motor and Day Use Motor Entry Point #1 inaccessible due to washouts and the motorized portage not being able to operate on the road/trail. Overnight paddle permits are still being issued and the canoe portage is open.
  • Slim Lake Entry Point #6 inaccessible due to washouts on the North Arm of Burntside Road. From Big Lake Entry Point #7 inaccessible due to a major washout on the access road.
  • Mudro Lake Entry Point #23 inaccessible due to a major washout on the North Grassy Road.
  • Bog Lake Entry Point #67 inaccessible due to washouts and flooding.
  • Island River Entry Point #34 inaccessible due to washouts and flooding.
  • Isabella Lake Entry Point #35 inaccessible due to washouts and flooding.
  • Pow Wow Trail Entry Point #86 inaccessible due to washouts and flooding.

Affected permit holders are being notified. We will reassess conditions and access routes again on June 24, 2024 and determine if the BWCAW permit cancellations need to be extended.

Visitors are encouraged to use extreme caution on canoe routes throughout the BWCAW. River and stream flows are fast moving, and portages may be affected or more difficult to find.

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Accepting Applications: 2024 Moose Hunt


Applications for the 2024 Moose Hunt are now available. Applications are due by 4:30pm CST on August 9th, 2024. 

June 21              Applications available from the 1854 Treaty Authority

August 9            Applications due Lottery drawing held (if need be)

August 16          Letters mailed to successful and unsuccessful applicants

August 19          Permits, carcass tag, and hunt information mailed to the lead hunter of each successful application via certified mail

August 30          2024 Moose Season begins

September 15    The season will close for each band when the quota of 15 moose is met, or on December 31st, 2024, whichever is sooner

Call the 1854 Treaty Authority office: 218-722-8907, or reach Wildlife Biologist Morgan Swingen directly, 218-481-7010

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1854 News, Niibin 2024


1854's Niibin 2024 Newsletter is now available!

It features important reminders for those who continue their outdoor adventures. Taking care of those that take care of us means knowing and understanding beings such as ticks, invasive species (both on land and water), and fish parasites. 

2024 Hunting and Trapping seasons have been approved by the 1854 Board of Directors and are within. Most importantly, 2024 moose season applications will be available June 21st! 

Acknowledge the strength in leadership of the Anishinaabeg leaders at the time of treaty negotiations and diplomacy. Lastly, meet our seasonal staff who are bringing their skills to assist our Resource Management and Education/Outreach divisional work on the daily.

Daga, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!


-the 1854 Treaty Authority


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Opportunities with Minnesota GreenCorps

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is accepting MN GreenCorps member applications for the 2024-2025 program year!

Minnesota GreenCorps, an AmeriCorps program coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is seeking motivated, service-minded individuals to improve the environment and strengthen communities throughout the state. MN GreenCorps members serve with government entities, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions to carry out service projects in areas of stormwater and forestry, energy conservation and green transportation, community readiness and outreach, and waste reduction and recycling.

Priority was given to host sites and projects that engage with, focus on, or serve environmental justice (EJ) areas per the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's EJ story map. In the 2024-2025 program year, over 85% of host sites are based in an EJ area or have an EJ focused initiative. Priority was also given to projects targeting new communities that have not recently received Minnesota GreenCorps assistance, and those that provide opportunities for broader community involvement.

MN GreenCorps is thrilled to be partnering with the following tribal nations and Native American non-profit organization for the 2024-2025 program year:

· Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

· Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

· Migizi Communications

In addition to receiving training, developing job skills, and gaining professional experience, members earn a living allowance of $1,150 (pre-tax) paid every two weeks, health insurance, student loan forbearance, and an education award of $7,395. Visit the MPCA's Minnesota GreenCorps webpage to learn more and apply by June 13! 

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Firearm Safety/Hunter Education Certification Training


1854 will be holding a Firearm Safety/Hunter Education (FASHE) certification training in partnership with the Bois Forte Boys and Girls Clubs, August 13-15, 2024. This event is open to the community. The program will run as a day-camp (between 9-4pm), and will take place between the Nett Lake and Vermilion reservations.

Time "day camp" schedule, 9am-4pm
Nett Lake and Vermilion Bois Forte Reservations


Any Bois Forte or Grand Portage enrollees, aged 12 to 15 years old must have a valid firearms safety certificate while hunting big or small game in the 1854 Ceded Territory.

*Anyone 11 years and older can participate

*Get more details when you REGISTER

*Class size is limited - sign up ASAP 

*All lunches and materials included

*MUST attend all 3 days to earn a certificate 

*Transportation will be provided for BGC members

*Parents/guardians responsible for transport of non-BGC FASHE kids

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BWCAW Bear Aware — Updated Food Storage Order

Bear Aware

The Superior National Forest has issued an update to the forest order for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) regarding bear safety. All food, food containers, and scented items must be stored safely to prevent human-bear interactions.

This order intends to prevent bear interactions by mandating Bear Aware behaviors. For more information, please refer to Forest Order 09-09-24-02.

These restrictions will apply to the BWCAW as designated by the following map between March 1 and November 30, effective April 19, 2024 through April 19, 2026. Attractants such as food must be suspended a minimum of 12 feet above the surface of the ground and 6 feet horizontally from the trunk of a tree or stored in an Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee certified bear-resistant container.

Attractants are any items with a strong odor that may attract bears or other wildlife, e.g. food, food containers, scented items (soap, lip balm, toothpaste) and refuse. Restrictions will apply to all BWCAW visitors unless they have written authorization that specifically exempts them from this order, or if they are carrying out official duties as a member of a rescue or firefighting team. Attractants do not need to be safely stored if they are in use or under close watch.

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Bioremediation in the St. Louis River Estuary


Interdisciplinary based approach to assessing plants and microbial community removal of toxic metals from the St. Louis River watershed.

Join us to meet the project team and discuss the research: Thursday, May 16th, 2024, 10am-11am 

Register here: 

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1854 News, Ziigwan 2024

1854 Treaty Authority's Ziigwan 2024 Newsletter is now available.

The 2024 aerial moose survey is complete! FYI folks who are spring netting: heads up on the potential Heterosporis you might find. Within are 1854 Resource Management Division annual report summaries, and newly approved fish and turkey seasons. Consider taking part in upcoming events: Carl Gawboy discusses his forthcoming book at the 1854 Duluth office 4/8, or join us for a fish consumption safety talk in Vermilion 4/11.

Get them while they last - 1854's climate program is again distributing rain barrels for Bois Forte and Grand Portage enrollees.


-the 1854 Treaty Authority

Read it HERE

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Gawboy Book Preview: Fur Trade Nation

Join us at Carl Gawboy discusses his upcoming book release: Fur Trade Nation. Monday, April 8th, 6-7pm, at the 1854 Treaty Authority office. This event is part of the Twin Ports Festival of History. We'll be serving Indian tacos too!!!

1854 Treaty Authority
4428 Haines Rd.
Duluth, MN 55811

Join us VIRTUALLY if you can't make it in person:

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Fish Consumption Community Discussion, Vermilion

Fish Consumption Safety Discussion: Thursday April 11th, 2024

Vermilion Community Center, 6pm dinner; 6:30pm talk

Register here:

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Twin Ports Festival of History

1854 Treaty Authority will host Artist CARL GAWBOY to discuss his upcoming book release "Fur Trade Nation", in a presentation with the TWIN PORTS FESTIVAL OF HISTORY, Monday April 8th.

1854 Treaty AUthority Duluth-office

6:00PM - 7:00PM

More information to come...

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VACANCIES: Education/Outreach Aides


The Education/Outreach Division at 1854 Treaty Authority is hiring TWO Education/Outreach Aides for the 2024 summer season. These are limited term positions through August 23rd, 2024. Application materials are due March 26th, 2024


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VIRTUAL EVENT: 1854 Ceded Territory Climate Change Adaptation Planning

As the climate changes and seasonal patterns shift, the exercise of treaty rights and other life-ways becomes threatened. Our finned, winged, and 4-legged relatives feel those pressures too.

Building resilience to changing climate conditions is a process not an outcome. None of us are alone in this endeavor. It takes strong multi-disciplinary, multi-sector, multi-organization collaboration, partnerships, and trusting relationships to continue to ADAPT as conditions change. Join us and #BeResilient

  • meet the project team
  • learn about the update
  • discuss concerns
  • share stories
  • Q+A

Register here: 

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VACANCY: Human Resource Generalist/Office Manager

The 1854 Treaty Authority is hiring a Human Resource Generalist/Office Manager. The vacancy announcement is attached. Application materials are due by February 23, 2024.


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Vacancy: Forest Specialist



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2024 Resource Management Division Vacancies


The Resource Management Division at 1854 Treaty Authority is hiring a Biological Aide and Fish/Wildlife Technician. The Biological Aide is seasonal, limited term position, while the Fish/Wildlife Technician is full-time. Application materials are due February 16th, 2024


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1854 News, Biboon 2023-2024

1854 Treaty Authority's Biboon 2023-2024 newsletter is now available!

Skim through our Frequently Asked Questions, and spare yourself the confusion ahead to time ... there have been a few changes to our programs. Reflect on honoring our elders, congratulate our newly certified Firearms safety certification training participants, and learn a little more about Officer Marty Stage, to understand why we are so fortunate to have him on staff with 1854 Enforcement. A brief reminder as we approach the winter season: our office may close occasionally due to inclement weather. Please call ahead to make sure that we are open before you attempt to travel and come in.


-the 1854 Treaty Authority



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Grand Portage Vacancy: Air Quality Technician

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Trust Lands is hiring an Environmental/Air Quality Technician

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Help 1854 Monitor Chronic Wasting Disease

Deer Hunters - please submit your deer heads for CWD testing!

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