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Tribal Wildlife and Habitat Accomplishments

BIA (Midwest Region) announces the 2019 Tribal Wildlife & Habitat Accomplishments Brochure! It features fiscal year 2018 tribal and inter-tribal (1854 included!) accomplishments under the programs of: Circle of Flight, Endangered Species, Invasive Species, Noxious Weeds Management, and the Tribal Youth Initiative.

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2020 NAFWS Summer Youth Practicum

The National Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS) announces the 2020 Summer Youth Practicum!

The Youth Practicum is designed to provide incoming 10th – 12th grade Native American students an opportunity to gain hands-on and in-lecture experience in the interdisciplinary components of natural resource management and Indigenous knowledge. One goal of the NAFWS's mission is to educate tribal youth in the importance of professional natural resource management, the interconnectedness with culture, and encourage the pursuit of college majors and careers in environmental science and natural resource fields. 

~ preservation, protection, conservation, enhancement of natural resources ~ wildlife ~ recreation~   fisheries ~ rivers ~ traditional ecological knowledge ~ range management ~ forestry ~ watershed ~ tribal lands ~ sacred areas ~


Date: July 20th, 2020 – July 25th, 2020 

Cost: FREE! (travel, food and lodging expenses included)

Location: YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado 

Application Deadline: Hard Copy applications must be postmarked by April 10th, 2020. E-mailed and electronic applications must be received by April 10th, 2020 at 11:59PM MST. ONLY COMPLETED applications will be considered. (Application can be found here)


Contact: Ashley Carlisle, NAFWS Education Coordinator, 10465 Melody Dr, Ste. 307, Northglenn, CO, 80234-4126, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (303)466-1725 Ext. 4

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MobilizeGreen hiring Crew and Leaders for SNF

MobilizeGreen is hiring staff for Summer 2020! 10-week paid positions for young adults age 21+ with leadership/mentoring experience. Lead diverse youth in conservation projects with the US National Forest Service at Residential sites (…Superior National Forest!!!) Training and Travel included.  For details and to apply go to:

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Grand Portage National Monument Interpretation Program Manager Vacancy

The Grand Portage National Monument is advertising to fill the Interpretation Program Manager position. There are 3 tracks for applying: See the options on USAjobs. Deadline is February 26th, 2020.

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Superior National Forest seeks Youth Conservation Corps Crew

The MobilizeGreen-Forest Service YCC program is a three week residential program where members live and work together as a team on the Superior National Forest in Minnesota. YCC Members work on conservation-related projects together during the day and participate in environmental education, personal development opportunities, and outdoor recreation activities during the evenings and weekends. The YCC experience is unique and can create memories and friendships that last a lifetime. Program recruitment is targeted to attract youth from diverse backgrounds, including socio-economically disadvantaged youth from urban and rural communities across the country.

The Program Manager position is a great 6-month opportunity for an emerging leader to work both in the office and field setting while YCC Crew Leader positions offer 6 young adults a chance to lead and mentor a group of diverse high school students from around the country as they complete conservation projects with the Forest Service.  

Interested High School Students can learn more and apply here. 

Program Details:

Applications due March 1st!

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Internship Opportunity at Haskell

The Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Institute announces their summer internship program! The HERS program is aimed at preparing American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian undergraduate students for graduate study by assisting them to create a research project related to climate and environmental change in Indigenous communities. Native students eligible to enroll in tribal colleges are encouraged to apply.


HERS intern applications are now open. All application materials are due March 6, 2020. Students can apply to the HERS summer internship program on the apply page of our website:

See the HERS 2020 Internship Brochure.

About HERS

The HERS summer internship program is a paid eight-week internship funded by the National Science Foundation and provides students with the skills and experience needed to succeed in post-secondary education and graduate school. The HERS program is held primarily on the Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas campuses from June 1 to July 24, 2020.



HERS interns are supported financially and academically during the program, including:

  • $4,000 stipend
  • Housing accommodations & meals
  • Paid travel
  • Use of a laptop computer and software
  • Support for graduate school entrance exams
  • Academic support from Haskell and KU professors, graduate student mentors & libraries


The HERS Experience

During the HERS program, interns receive instruction and exposure to: GIS training, graduate-level writing curriculum, introductory environmental assessment, introduction to Indigenous methodologies, professional development training, and preparation for applying to graduate school. Interns research a self-selected topic related to climate and environmental change and its effects on Indigenous communities. Interns create a research poster and paper, which they present professionally. Included in the 2020 itinerary is a trip to Oneida Nations in Green Bay, WI. Here, interns will conduct field research related to food sovereignty and water quality.


Post-Internship Opportunities

Post-internship opportunities are offered to qualifying interns. Opportunities include funding for professional presentations at national conferences such as, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and/or the Society for Advancing Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).


Attached are the HERS program brochure and flier. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Katrina McClure, our Program Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We encourage potential applicants to visit our website at


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NAFWS Biologist Vacancies

The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS) is hiring two biologists. The closing date for applications is March 2, 2020.

Biologists are responsible for providing technical service to the NAFWS members and member Tribes with an emphasis on invasive species and wildlife disease. Technical assistance and training are important to the NAFWS’ mission to assist Native American and Alaska Native tribes with conservation, protection, and enhancement of their fish and wildlife resources.

See the posting announcement and job description.

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Vacancies: Grand Portage National Monument

The Grand Portage National Monument is recruiting for Grand Portage Conservation Crew members, and an Environmental Education Technician.

There are no academic or experiential minimum qualifications (except an 18-35 age goal for Conservation Crew). They are seeking to recruit people that can work outside on a diversity of projects in all kinds of weather while maintaining a positive attitude. Applicants should be able to communicate well with various project mentors, community members, the public and coworkers. A basic understanding of the environment and Ojibwe lifeways is preferred. MN Chippewa hiring preference.

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NAFWS Seeks CLEO Technical Assistance

The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS) is seeking the services of a qualified Conservation Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) consultant to revise the current Shoot Manual, develop a CLEO program including, curriculum and training opportunities specific to CLEOs serving Native American and Alaska Native Tribes. The RFP (request for proposals) can be found on their website. 

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the 1854 Treaty Authority! Our Duluth-office will close at noon on Tuesday 12/31, and stay closed all of New Year's Day, Wednesday 1/1/2020. We will return to normal business hours, 8am-4:30pm, on Thursday January 2nd.

Cheers to wonderful memories over this past trip around the sun, and best wishes to a successful 2020!

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Sign up! Hide Tanning Workshop

There is still space left in our hide tanning workshop, Monday December 30 - Friday January 3rd. Daily, 10-3pm. Lunch and materials are included. The program is free, but a $100 returnable deposit is required. Call Marne and sign up today!

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the 1854 Treaty Authority! We wish you a safe and happy holiday with your loved ones.

Our Duluth-office will be closed all of Tuesday 12/24 and Wednesday 12/25, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will return to regular business hours on Thursday December 26th, 8-4:30pm.

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FYI: Office Closures

Planning on coming to our Duluth-office to take care of some business or utilize our services? 1854's usual business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. Occasionally we may close due to inclement weather during the winter months. Please call ahead to make sure that we are open before you make the trek: 218-722-8907


Picture taken December 2nd 2019 with 2 feet of some drifting... at the door of our Duluth-office.

Also, the office is closed on specific holidays: see the calendar (lower left homepage of our website) for dates and times. 


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Hide Tanning Workshop

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Newsletter, Biboon 2019/2020

1854 Treaty Authority's Biboon (winter) newsletter is AVAILABLE HERE!

It features 1854’s Duluth-office “Norman W. Deschampe” conference room dedication, an update on the successes of Lake Sturgeon restoration on the St. Louis River, and a Q+A with Conservation Officer, Chris Johnson. Meet our new Climate Specialist, Hilarie Sorensen, and check out resource management’s Fisher den box project.


Stay warm and safe out there!

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Newly Published Coloring Storybook

1854 is pleased to announce the “Iskigamizigedaa!”, a maple sugaring coloring storybook. With cultural guidance and support, the Ed/Outreach division has developed an educational tool which focuses on contemporary and historical practices of maple sugaring. Grandchildren-grandparent character conversations convey traditional teachings, the proper timing to begin and end harvest, the equipment used, how to process maple sugar, and how the Anishinaabeg use maple sugar.

Chi miigwech to cultural author, Erik Redix, and illustrator/artist, Wesley Ballinger, for sharing their knowledge and creative skills from project development through publication!

Swing by our outreach table when you see 1854 at events this winter and spring, and get a copy for your family! It is available on 1854's website also: Iskigamizigedaa!

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Setting Unattended Lines?

Planning to set unattended lines while ice fishing this winter? You must notify 1854 that you are doing so. Log in on our unattended lines notification QuickLink on the 1854 website homepage, call the office, or notify one of the CO's. Rules and regulations are spelled out in the 1854 Treaty Authority Conservation Code (page 50)


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Native American Heritage Day

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Deer Hunting Season Opener, Saturday 11/9

Firearms season for deer opens Saturday morning at sunrise in the 1854 Ceded Territory. Don't forget - you have the option to register deer online.

Good luck, and be safe out there!!

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2019 Whitefish Netting

If you’ve filled your tags and freezer during the hunting season, don’t forget that late fall have some other opportunities for nabbing a few more delectables from the water…

Gill nets are set on deeper inland lakes during the late fall when Lake Whitefish and Cisco (“herring” or “tullibee”) move into shorelines for spawning. Both whitefish species play a key role in lake systems. For example, Cisco feed on zooplankton (microscopic animals that drift around the water), and whitefish presence has a resulting impact on the type and abundance of zooplankton and algae present. Lake Whitefish and Cisco also have narrow habitat requirements; they both require deep lakes where the depths of the lakes remain cold and well oxygenated throughout the year.

See 1854's 2019 Whitefish Netting Season Postings:

Posting #1

Posting #2

Permits for netting whitefish on inland waters are not required by 1854’s code, so we only hear of treaty harvest netted whitefish by word of mouth. Are there any treaty harvesters out there that would be willing to share their stories of whitefish netting?

Read the whitefish netting portion of 1854's code below: 

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