The Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission is commonly known by its acronym, GLIFWC. Formed in 1984, GLIFWC represents eleven Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan who reserved hunting, fishing and gathering rights in the 1837, 1842, and 1854 Treaties with the United States government.
GLIFWC provides natural resource management expertise, conservation enforcement, legal and policy analysis, and public information services in support of the exercise of treaty rights during well-regulated, off-reservation seasons throughout the treaty ceded territories.
In partnership with Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and tribal fishermen, GLIFWC is studying the diets of Lake Superior whitefish to pinpoint their primary food sources. Baseline data on whitefish (adikameg) diets will help biologists better evaluate the impact of invasive species on the fishery. Significant disruptions in the food webs of other Great Lakes are attributed to quagga and zebra mussels, aquatic invasive organisms that originate from the Black Sea region of Eurasia. Over the coming years GLIFWC researchers plan to analyze whitefish stomach samples provided by tribal fishermen on an annual basis. Lake whitefish are a cold-water staple for both commercial and home-use harvesters.
Ogichidaa Storytellers video series
The first video in this series is entitled "Crossing the Line" and highlights Lac Courte Oreilles' very own Mike and Fred Tribble and the struggle for Anishinaabeg to retain treaty reserved havesting rights throughout the ceded territory. Be on the lookout for the next short video about the Gurnoe decision.
Attention all educators, please take a few minutes to take this survey about American Indian Studies in the classroom. In an effort to develop new materials and revise existing publications, GLIFWC is looking for input and feedback about classroom practices and the materials being utilized to teach about Native American history and culture. Miigwech for your time.
On October 13 Judge Barbara Crabb issued an order in favor of a highly regulated night hunting opportunity for treaty hunters in Wisconsin’s ceded territory.
Tribes night hunt case returns to District Court
The plaintiff tribes in the treaty night hunting case are pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of Wisconsin’s petition for review, a decision which came down April 20. This denial is favorable to the tribes because it will return the case to District Court for further consideration. In its petition to the United States Supreme Court, the state attempted to convince the Court to reverse a Seventh Circuit Court decision on the tribes’ night hunting case that was favorable to the tribes. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that sufficient circumstances had changed to warrant another look at the original 1990 deer night-hunt decision in the Lac Courte Oreilles v. Wisconsin case. The case will now go back to Judge Barbara Crabb in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, for further consideration.
Updated mercury maps February 2016
Under funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GRLI), GLIFWC updated the mercury maps for its member tribes with the most current mercury data available.The updated Mercury Maps. Physical copies of the Maps were provided to tribal registration stations and other locations on reservation for the spring harvest.
Now available: Map and description of analysis GLIFWC recently completed to determine what streams could be filled given the provisions of AB1/SB1. In particular, the analysis looked at the effect of Amendment 9 to AB1/SB1 on the ability of an iron mining company to fill streams with mine waste. What GLIFWC found was that many upper watershed stream segments could be filled given the provisions of Amendment 9. Those streams are indicated in red on the attached map.
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GLIFWC's Focus Areas
GLIFWC is actively involved in a broad spectrum of resource related activities aimed at protecting and enhancing the natural resources and habitat in the treaty-ceded territories while also infusing an Ojibwe perspective into its work.
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