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

     GLIFWC is guided by its Board of Commissioners along with two standing committees, the Voigt Intertribal Task Force and the Great Lakes Fisheries Committee, which advise the Board on policy.

GLIFWC News & Upcoming Events


Current News & Events

CWD Written Testimony by Travis Bartnick


GLIFWC Staff and Partners Receive 2019 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award


HACCP Certification Course December 10-12 @ Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Casino


Within the 1837 and 1842 Off-Reservation Ceded Territories within Wisconsin, permits to harvest or gather wild rice are no longer required for members 16 years old or younger, or 65 years old or older, consistent with state regulations and effective immediately. Order No. 2019-02


As federal officials consider removing grey wolves from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, GLIFWC makes a strong case for continued protections for the culturally and ecologically important animal known as ma’iingan. Read Executive Administrator Michael J Isham’s comments plus a resolution from GLIFWC Board of Commissioners supporting ma’iingan

GLIFWC Comments on Wolf Delisting with Resolution 7/10/19


For treaty harvesters in the Cheq-Nic

The US Forest Service has updated its motorized vehicle route maps for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in 2019. Whether you’re picking berries or scouting hunting sites, the map is a great resource.

The maps are available for FREE on your smartphone or tablet through the Avenza app. Just like the black and white motorized vehicle use maps, the electronic maps identify the roads, trails, and areas designated for public motor vehicle use on National Forest lands. Best of all, it lets you know exactly where you are while traveling on the National Forest. See link for more…


Climate change has impacted and will continue to impact indigenous peoples, their lifeways and culture, and the natural world upon which they rely, in unpredictable and potentially devastating ways. Many climate adaptation planning tools fail to address the unique needs, values and cultures of indigenous communities. Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad: A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu provides a framework to integrate Anishinaabe and Menominee traditional knowledge, culture, language and history into the climate adaptation planning process and is designed to be used by other indigenous communities through the incorporation of their own knowledge, language and culture. The author team is a diverse group representing tribal, academic, intertribal and government entities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.


Minnesota bands, wild rice experts call for more effective manoomin management and pollution control in a report to the Governor’s Office. Read the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe’s initial findings of the manoomin resource

The full report appears here: 1/7/19


GLIFWC Climate Change staff have completed a Version 1 of their Vulnerability Assessment. Look for an expanded Version 2, including results for additional species, in 2019


Tribal Fish Harvesting Regulations for Designated River and Stream Segments—Commission Order 4/20/18


River Segments Available for Open Water Spearing and Netting 4/19/2018


Birch pole regulation update summary 11-15-17

Birch pole commission order revised 11-15-17


Phone registration available for deer, turkey and cranes


Current Mazina'igan Quarterly Newspaper & Subscriptions

Full list of issues & Order form



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.


Affirming and implementing the rights

Climate Change



Forest Pests

Great Lakes fishery

    - Report Ghost Net

          + Avoid The Trap

    - Report Tagged Fish

Inland fishery

Inland lakes mercury levels

Invasive species

Anishinaabemowin Resource

Wild plants

Wild rice (Manoomin)

    - Manoomin Harvest Information