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.
0 Trumpeter Swans have been harvested, and the swan season remains open until December 31, 2015
New Advanced Hunter Safety Classes Schedule and
Shoot Qualification for night hunt permit at Lac du Flambeau and Lac Courte Oreilles
Lac du Flambeau:
Lac Courte Oreilles:
Date: November 15, 2015
Time: 9:00 am until 10:00 pm
Location: LCO Community College
Pipe Mustache Auditorium
*Check GLIFWC’s Facebook page for new classes and qualification shoots being scheduled.
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 available
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. Data collected since the last update in March 2012 has added information for 11 lakes, and a total of 446 lakes harvested by GLIFWC member tribes now have color-coded, monthly consumption advice. 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.