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ENFORCEMENT Natural Resource Cultural Summer Camp July 18-22 2016 Lake Nesbit Environmental Center Sidnaw Michigan GLIFWC is excited to announce our 2016 Cultural Summer Camp Program Onji-Akiing for grades 5-8 A collaborative effort between GLIFWC and the US Forest Service USFS Onji-Akiing From the Earth is a cultural outdoor adventure-based camp that focuses on natural resource career exploration and treaty rights. This camp is held at beautiful Camp Nesbit nestled in the heart of the Ottawa National Forest in Sidnaw Michigan also home to the calling loons of Lake Nesbit. Leadershipandservicelearningactivitiesareimportantaspectsofthisprogram. Activities also focus on group cooperation and communication problem-solving self-confidence leadership physical exercise spiritual growth social skills as well as respect and responsibility to self and community. Hands-on experiential activities include a group obstacle course high ropes course sweat lodge fishing archery swimming canoeing animal and plant wisdom cultural exploration and cooperative games. Centered on the Medicine Wheel this camp explores Native American tradi- tional ways and traditional ecological knowledge but also learning in the areas of forestry biology fisheries and botany. Youth will work with staff from GLIFWC and the USFS. This camp is free of cost. Deadline for accepting applications is June 13 2016 and it fills up fast so early applications are encouraged. Onji-Akiing Registration Form ParticipantName________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________ City ____________________ State __________ Zip __________ Email __________________________________ Phone ____________ Grade ______________ Age __________ Tribe Affiliation ___________________________if none leave blank Please attach another sheet of paper with a short essay at least 100 words on why you want to attend Camp Onji-Akiing. Please include any special achievements and how this camp might help you in school your community and with any life goals. Please attach one letter of recommendation from an adult not related to you about why they think you should attend the camp and how you will benefit from it. Students are accepted on the basis of their essays recommendations and space availability. In the event you are accepted you will be expected to sign a statement saying that you will participate fully in all activities and parents guardians will have to complete and sign health forms and permissions for all camp activities. For questions or concerns please contact Heather Bliss Fred Maulson 906-458-3778 715-682-6619 ext. 113 Mail application essay and letter of recommendation to GLIFWC Attn Camp Registrations PO Box 9 Odanah WI 54861 or Heather Naigus at 253 Silver Creek Rd. Marquette MI 49855. You can also email application to or fax application to 715-682-4221.Deadline for accepting applications is June 13 2016 Onji-Akiing From the Earth Chief Conservation Officer Fred Maulson says the GLIFWC warden class of 2016 is going to face some tough challenges. We put a lot on our wardens Maulson said. The work is physically demanding mentally challenging and you need to have good cultural awareness. The hours can be very long. Wardens are tasked with everything from a weekend-long snowmobile patrol to plying Lake Superior for the occasional ghost net. During the spring fishing season wardens work into the wee morning hours catching sleep when they can. And with so many jurisdictionsthree different states federal county and tribal reservation propertiesGLIFWC wardens must be able to navigate through a variety of regulations and build solid relationships with their enforcement coun- terparts. Community relations are equally important as wardens routinely promote culturally-appropriate skills classes like how to carve wild rice knockers. The following three recruits are scheduled to work with experienced wardens throughout the summer and fall before assignment to a permanent duty station. Christina Dzwonkowski AftermorethanadozenyearsandthreetribalnationsChristinaDzwonkowski returnstotheGLIFWCEnforcementDivisionin2016.Dzwonkowskizwan-kow- ski rejoins GLIFWC a seasoned officer after serving as a police officer for Lac du Flambeau and Menominee Bands plus four years as a tribal conservation warden at the 124000-acre Bad River Reservation. A Bad River member Dzwonkowski said the time is right to solidify com- munity roots after diverse experiences in Indian Country law enforcement. She grew up in California and Illinois and like many school-age kids made annual summer pilgrimages to her home reserve. Now Dzwonkowski is seizing an opportunity to permanently raise her six-year-old daughter at Bad Rivera central location for GLIFWC enforcement patrols in far northern Wisconsin. Its also a great place to romp about on an ATVone of Dzwonkowskis favorite outdoors activities. Dzwonkowski earned a criminal justice degree at Rock Valley College Ill. and completed the police academy at Chippewa Valley Technical College. In late May she will finish training at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Warden Academy. As part of an interest in youth outreach she plans on expanding her popular Critter of the Month program which features animals that reside in the Ceded Territory. Dzwonkowski currently offers educational critter classes to Bad River Headstart children and pre-K2nd grade students at Our Lady of the Lake School in Ashland. Gale Smith Inspired by a family pedigree of law enforcement officers Gale Smith says his young career is right on course. The warden recruit and Lac du Flambeau member joined GLIFWC shortly after the New Year and has been busy training with fellow officers. Smith comes to GLIFWC via the Town of Lac du Flambeau Police Department. For Smith the move from small town cop to Ceded Territory warden fulfills a desire to not only protect public safety but look after the natural resources that have helped shape his life. Utilizing treaty resources in the woods and waters of northern Wisconsin Smith said was big part of growing up. Smith studied law enforcement and criminal justice at both Nicolet Technical College and Fox Valley Technical College. The father of two children is scheduled to complete major training this summer at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Warden Academy in Fort McCoy. Mike Burns La Crosse Wisconsin native Mike Burns just wrapped up a demanding train- ing schedule that culminated with graduation from the Department of Natural Resources Warden Academy. A former state deputy conservation officer Burns said he made the jump to the Commissions Enforcement Division after learning about GLIFWCs work to protect and enhance natural resources. At GLIFWC Burns said he can devote more time to field work and make a bigger impact safeguarding resources. Growing up near the Mississippi River Burns devoted much of his free time to fishing and duck hunting. No matter where hes living Burns now makes time to bowhunt whitetails in Wisconsin and travels to the western United States to hunt mule deer. Burns earned a bachelor degree in Resource Management Environmental Law Enforcement from UW-Stevens Point. His education continues this summer through the field training program which pairs recruits with experienced officers. GLIFWC Enforcement Division hires three conservation wardens By Charlie Otto Rasmussen Staff Writer Gale Smith Christina Dzwonkowski and Mike Burns on Chequamgon Bay earlier this year for cold water rescue training. COR photo PAGE 19 MAZINAIGANSUMMER 2016