PAGE 1 MAZINA’IGAN SPRING 2019 Published by the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission SPRING 2019 Acoustic telemetry study set for Buffalo Reef Enakamigizid iko a’aw Anishinaabe zaagibagaanig What Anishinaabe does in the springtime Gaa-anishinaabemod: Lee Obizaan Staples Gaa-anishinaabewibii’ang: Chato Ombishkebines Gonzalez Megwaaomaananaamadabiyaanwaa- bamaga’awgoonningizodani-ayaabawaag miinawaa ani-gikendamaan da-baakaak- wasing inow zaaga’iganiin. Mii omaa ani-mikwendamaangaa-izhichigewaadiko o’ow apiitak gaa-nitawigi’ijig. While I am sitting here watching the snow meltastheweathergetswarmerknowingthelakes are starting to open, I remember what those old peoplewhoraisedmedidatthistimeof theyear. Mii iw gii-asigisidoowaad odayi’iimaaniwaa. Gaawiin eta-go wiinawaa gii-izhichigesiiwag. Mii-go gaye dibish- koo inow odinawemaaganiwaan gaa-izhichigenid. Mii imaa bebezhig inow biizikiganan gii-agwapinaawaad inow asemaan. Mii imaa gii-maamawi-dakobidoowaad odayi’iimaaniwaaningiwbeshoenawendaasojig.Maagizhaa bezhig i’iw agwapijigan, mii i’iw ani-dagosijigaadenig besho enawendaasojig odayi’iimaaniwaan, maagizhaa gaye a’aw inini, owiiwan biinish gaye inow oniijaanisiwaan odayi’iimaaniwaan. Mii dash a’aw ase- maa miinawaa wiisiniwin atoowaad. Mii dash i’iw epagizondamawindwaa ingiw Manidoog nibiikaang eyaajig. Mii dash azhigwa gaa-ni-giizhi-zagaswe’idiing, mii dash iwidi zaaga’iganiing o-atoowaad ingiw ikwewag gaa-maamawi-agwapi- jigaadenig.Odagwapinaawaaninowasiniin imaa gashkipijiganan weweni dash iniw odayi’iimaaniwaanda-gonzaabiimagadinig imaa zaaga’iganiing. Theycollectedanitemoftheirownclothing. They were not the only ones who did that. Their close relatives also did the same.To each item of clothing they attached tobacco. Each family tied their clothing together in one bundle. A family’s bundle may consist of a man, his wife, and their children’s clothing.They would then put their offering of tobacco and food. The food and tobacco is offered to the Manidoog in the waters. After the feast is over the women take the bundles of clothing over to thelake.Theytierockstothebundlestomakesuretheclothingwould sink to the bottom of the lake. Mii dash a’aw Anishinaabe gaa-onji-izhichiged o’ow akeyaa gii-inendang weweni imaa da-ininamawaad inow Lee Obizaan Staples. (COR) (see What Anishinaabe does in the springtime, page 8) Mining waste enveloping premier Gichigami spawning grounds By Ben Michaels, GLIFWC Fisheries Biologist Gay, Mich.—Buffalo Reef, a 2,200-acre expanse on the eastern side of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Grand Traverse Bay, continues to be an impor- tant spawning location for lake trout (chinamekos) and lake whitefish (adi- kameg),helpingsustaincommercialand recreational fishing in Lake Superior. But the productive spawning grounds are in jeopardy. Comprisedofabout22milliontons ofcopperminetailings,stampsandsare migratingsouthwardviawindandwave actionalongtheshoreofGrandTraverse Bay. This grey-colored mining waste, deposited along the northern shore of the bay in the early 1900’s, poses an imminent threat to valuable fish habitat onBuffaloReefandalongtheshoreline. In response to the ever-moving sands, a multi-agency team comprised Figure 1. Acoustic receiver array, depicted by the green circles, that will be deployed during fall 2019 across Buffalo Reef (red line). This array will allow fine-scale detection of movement upon the reef, giving biologists insight into whether lake trout and whitefish avoid spawning on areas of the reef that are currently covered by stamp sand. Figure 2. (inset) Stamp sand collected on the shore of Grand Traverse Bay, Mich. Stamp sand is the result of a mining process used to crush large rock to extract copper. (See Mining waste, page 9) Prepare for Iskigamizigan Season now GLIFWC can help Contact GLIFWC’s Alexandra Wrobel 715.685.2125—awrobel@glifwc.org In addition to reservation homelands, Ojibwe treaty tribal members can tap into sugar maple stands on county, state and national forests. Permits are required. Need to know: xsite location xapproximate size xyour equipment xaccess xexit plan 12” x 18” aluminum signs are available to agency staff and community resource managers at GLIFWC Central Offices in Odanah, Wis.