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NEW STAFFSTORYTELLERS PROJECT GLIFWC welcomes new staff Youth writing projects key roles for public outreach assistant Under a work plan focused on tribal youth development Bad River member Paula Maday joined GLIFWC in February as Public Outreach Assistant. She is charged with helping enhance and expand GLIFWCs youth initiativean effort to teach young people outdoor skills science and leadershipall wrapped in Ojibwe culture and traditions. Maday brings more than a decade of writing experience to the Commissionincludingworkingrant and educational writing along with general reporting. At GLIFWC she has already hit the ground running penning articles for Mazinaigan and drafting documents for various Commission-wide projects. She has also started connecting with member tribes part of a strategic effort to learn more about tribal youth programs and to identify areas where GLIFWC can help. Maday earned a Bachelor Degree in English from Dartmouth College in 2003 and continued her education in a graduate program in Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York. During free time Maday enjoys running watching movies and adding to her vast knowledge of Disney whatever there is to know about Disney World she knowsMadayliveswithherhusbandfour-year-oldsonandtwodogsinAshland. Charlie Rasmussen New to the GLIFWC team but cer- tainly not a new face to our tribal commu- nities is niso-gaahbowikwe or Melonee Montano. Montano has taken up a brand new position as the TEK Outreach Spe- cialist under the climate change section. Montano brings a wealth of cultural knowledgeandenvironmentalknowledge whichsheisutilizingforthisnewposition at GLIFWC. TEK refers to Traditional Ecological Knowledge which often times is passed down through oral tradi- tion. Montano is charged with the task of visiting with traditional harvesters and knowledge-holders to learn more about Anishinaabe resources and practices. Montano will aide GLIFWC in deter- mining which species are gathered at the designatedstudysiteswhichspeciesmay be at risk due to climate change and also potential projected risks due to climate change that may impact harvest. Formerly Montano was the Environmental Programs Manager for the Red Cliff Band. She was responsible for the overall management of environmental programs which included grant writing performance recording capacity build- ing and environmental compliance. In her free time Montano enjoys spending time with her three kids and grandchild. She also enjoys hiking attending and helping with ceremonies and harvesting traditional resources. I look forward to all of the visits with harvesters gatherers and teachers and a lot of appreciation and love goes to all those who I have already been blessed by working with throughout the years Montano said. Dylan Jennings Climate change division gets a dose of TEK Ogichidaag storytellers project launches Nearly two full generations have passed since Ojibwe tribal members first sought to reclaim their reserved rights to hunt fish and gather in the Ceded Territories. Today many young people native and otherwise have a limited understanding of late 20th Century treaty rights struggles For them treaty rights have always been there. GLIFWC in collaboration with its member bands are teaming up to explain and preserve the story of how ordinarytribalmembersdidextraordinarythings.Extraordinarymovements like challenging state government authority by joining with legal experts to overturn unlawful regulations that greatly diminished Ojibwe access to traditional resources. Many people that know about treaties sometimes forget that the treaty rights retained by the tribes were subsequently ignored after the territories of Michigan Wisconsin and Minnesota assumed statehood and began regulating their natural resources. Those regulations were imposed on tribalmembersregardlessofthereservedrights.Tribalmembersexercising those rights were often given citations taken to court fined and had their equipment confiscated if harvesting fish or game without a state license. This era of harassment and trauma suffered by the tribal communities is less talked about. In late February after many months of planning filming of the short video series Ogichidaag Storytellers launched. One of the project goals is to help current and future generations better understand an important era in Ojibwe treaty rights history. A secondary goal is to properly and respectfully recognize native individuals who showed courage leadership and perseverance in the face of harassment and unbending non-Indian resistance toward rights reserved in the Treaties of 1836 1837 1842 and 1854. It was determined through research and collaboration with educators and the greater public that short video series can be a very effective route. Teachers are more apt to show shorter productions that highlight important topics. This method is also more appealing to both students and social media users who receive their information in a much more expedited fashion these days. It must be understood that the states of Minnesota Wisconsin and Michigan all dealt with different litigation and different race battles. These individuals and the stories they hold were significant in the reaffirmation of treaty rights that allow tribal members today to engage in harvesting of resources that have always been culturally important. These stories are the roots of modern day treaty rights and the present day youth need to understand the histories and the struggles that their relatives have endured. Furthermore it is hoped that tribal members both young and old will adopt these stories and share them proudly. These stories will be used to empower tribal members to exercise these treaty rights and embark on the journey to learn their culture and traditions. In addition non-tribal youth and adults will gain a better understanding and insight into the significance of these retained rights. The information shared will develop dialogue and interest in Anishinaabe culture and identity and will foster healthy grounds of support for Anishinaabe people. GLIFWC would like to extend a big Chi-Miigwech for all of the support and help from the communities. GLIFWC recognizes that there were numerous indi- viduals that stood up for these rights. With limited resources we can only cover a few of them in this project. Wed like to acknowledge all of these individuals and thank them for their efforts in keeping our Anishinaabe traditions and practices alive for seven generations to come. By Dylan Jennings Staff Writer The Ogichidaag storytellers project kicked off in March at Lac Courte Oreilles with from left Fred and Mike Tribble. Videographer Finn Ryan far right known for the series The Ways led filming on the Chippewa Flowage and other locations on the Ojibwe reservation. COR photo MAZINAIGAN PAGE 22 SUMMER 2016