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Published by the Great Lakes Indian Fish Wildlife Commission Spring 2016 By Dylan Jennings Staff Writer By Dylan Jennings Staff Writer See No borders page 3 Reserve Wis.The sweet and calming presence of sage could be felt upon entering the meeting room an indicator of ceremonial activities to come. Beautiful blankets drums food and gifts filled the room as more people entered the circle. Opwaaganag ceremonial pipes were lit and the meeting began. Anishinaabeg are spread far and wide throughout Turtle Island with many bands residing north of Gichigami Lake Superior in present day Canada. Wis- consin Michigan and Minnesota bands ofAnishinaabe dealt with extreme racism and conflict during the 1980s spear fishing protests. During the Mille Lacs case in the mid 1990s also a time when GLIFWC member bands needed guidance and assistance delegates from the Treaty 3 territories in Ontario Canada brought both sacred items and wisdom in support of their fellow Anishinaabe relatives. The relationship continues and a Treaty 3 delegation arrived at Lac Courte Oreilles on Wednesday February 3rd seeking information on manoomin manage- mentandeducation.ThegatheringbeganatThursdaysVoigtIntertribalTaskForce meeting and Commission Board chairmen welcomed the visitors. Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Chairman Mic Isham reminded all tribal leaders in the room One of the most important things about this historical gathering is the concept of unity. We need to forget these boundaries and borders that confine us and recognize our whole Anishinaabe nation. Only when were all together all of us then were a tribe.ThisconceptwasformalizedbetweentheCanadianandstatesideAnishinaa- beg with the signing of theAnishinaabeAkii Protocol on Madeline Island in 1998. The day began with many giveaways. Both sides came prepared with bagi- jiganag bundles to both reaffirm the relationship and show signs of affection for the communities. Rose Wilmer GLIFWC executive secretary and Bad River tribal member worked tirelessly to help fill the bundles along with representatives from the various bands. Old songs and new songs were sung from the deweiganag drumsthatsatinthecenterofthemeetingarea.Manycommunitiesbroughtyouth from various tribal programs and the Waadookodaading youth drum sat in the center as well. A very powerful setup indeed elders sitting together with leaders of the present and with leaders of the future. The following day Treaty 3 representatives and other tribal leaders toured the LCO community and its education outlets. The group stopped at LCO Head Start Waadookodaading Ojibwe Immersion School LCO Ojibwe School and LCO Ojibwa Community College. During the immersion school visit a student had recently snared his first rabbit. One of the visitors from Nigigoonsiminikaan- DuringagiveawaycelebrationbetweenGLIFWCandTreaty3representatives Grand Chief Warren White headdress from Naotkamegwanning Canada presents a blanket to Red Cliff officials Mark Duffy and Marvin Defoe at the Lac Courte Oreilles Convention Center February 4. photo by COR PAGE 1 MAZINAIGANSPRING 2016 No borders for Anishinaabeg Manoomin education highlight Treaty 3 visit 2016 State of the Tribes Isham addresses tribal issues and working examples Madison Wis.Nizhoo Sullivan age 12 holds asemaa in his hand and speaks the Creators language on behalfofeveryoneintheaudience.TheCreatorslanguage isAnishinaabemowin.Thecrowdissilencedbyhispower- ful prayer and diligent explanation. Michael J. Isham III another young boy from Lac Courte Oreilles belts out the pledge of allegiance and everybody follows in sync. ThestagehasbeensetforLCOsogimaaMicIsham to present the State of the Tribes address on February 16 before the Wisconsin Assembly. For those that know Michael Isham Jr. humor and laughter can always be expected. This was evident in this important address as hundreds of viewers were kept entertained by his humorous remarks. At the core of Mics humor is a deep concern and compassion for his people. Among many things Isham advocated for were education and the elimina- tion of stereotypes and misunderstanding between Native and non-Native people. He called for the inclusion of the states tribes collaboration in state curriculum planning and also for the enforcement of Act 31. Im not convinced that it Act 31 is being as effective as we hoped. Im not convinced that schools across the state are complying with Act 31. Act 31 is a bill mandating the inclusion of American Indian Studies at least three times in a k-12 setting. However as Chariman Isham points out there were no clauses or teeth to the bill which would enforce these desired practices in the classroom. Environmental protection was another prominent topic in the chairmans address. He mentioned some of the detrimental bills that could potentially harm the resources thatAnishinaabeg depend upon. He cited CAFOS mining mercury- laden fish CWD and a long list of other environmental hazards that have proven to affect giigoonh fish waawaashkeshi deer manoomin and many other Veterans and respected Eagle Staff carriers followed deweigan and led the procession into the State Capitol for the State of the Tribes address. Inset Lac Courte Oreilles Chairman Mic Isham. photos by DJ See State of the Tribes page 11