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TREATY ISSUESACHIEVEMENTSENVIRONMENTAL By Sue Erickson Staff Writer WI NRB tables Rest Lake frontage sale Tribes question issue of access Bowler Wis.The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board NRB de- cided to table an agenda item relating to the sale of Rest Lake frontage to ElizabethUihleinuntilitsFebruary2016 meeting. Uihlein a major contributor to GovernorScottWalkerstruckadealwith the Department of Natural Resources to buy 1.75 acres of lakefront property on Rest Lake Vilas County. Howeverthatstretchofpublicland is also the only public access to the lake fortribalmembersexercisingtheirtreaty rightsasourceofconcernforthetribes. The Board is in no position to remove this land from the public domain so as to deny access to areas where treaty rights may be exercised wrote GLIFWC ExecutiveAdministrator James Zorn in a letter to the NRB pointing out that the loss of access would also impact state harvesters and wildlife enthusiasts. Uihleinwantsthepropertybecause she and her husband Richard own a condominium complex near Rest Lake but lack waterfront access. According to the September 19 MilwaukeeJournalSentinelreportthere havebeentwoappraisalsofthelandone at 238000 and the other at 384000. The DNR negotiated to sell the property to Uihlein for 275000. According to the Journal Sentinel Uihleinsdonatedseveralmilliondollars to the Unintimidated PAC a political action committee which suported Gov- ernor Walkers run for president. They also contributed nearly 290000 for Walkersrunforgovernor.LastJanuary RichardUilheincontributed200000to Our American Revival an organization formed by Walker early this year. Actually a number of property sales are in the works for the DNR since the Wisconsin Legislature directed the DNR to put 10000 acres up for sale by June 2017. However when this particular sale came up on the NRB agenda out of the context of the other land sales NRB Chairman Preston Cole expressed concern. Several letters to the Board addressing issues with the sale and the possibility of political favoritism prompted his tabling of any action on the sale. Zorn also questioned the handling of the transaction calling it unac- ceptable and unconscionable. He reminded the Board that the state is obligated to engage in good faith and fair dealings on a government-to- governmentbasiswiththeTribeswhose treaty rights are at stake. He also noted the lack of tribal consultation as well as lackofnoticetoandsolicitationofinput from the general public. Zorn also warned that sales such as the Rest Lake parcel can have a cumulative impact on treaty rights and wildlife habitat. They can gradually erode opportunity and habitat by being taken away in many small pieces. The Rest Lake sale will be consid- eredattheFebruary23-24NRBmeeting in Madison. Madison Wis.Chinese water dragons raptor performances small-scale mining demonstrations and outdoor youth curriculum converged in Madison at the Midwest Environmental Education Conference MEEC held the week of October 21-24. They combined to provide a rich experience at this years regional conference Promoting Access to Environmental Educational Experiences and sparked conversation in many different realms of environmental education. Wildlife conservation youth environmental camps and mining were among several subjects of interest. Wisconsin Association For Environmental Education hosted this event at the Monona Terrace located near the heart of the University of Wisconsins campus. Four conference tracks sustainable food systems education on climate change reaching underserved audiences and celebrating environmental educa- tion success stories highlighted the impacts that environmental degradation poses on everyone. Through these topics participants were offered access to the tools capable of addressing environmental challenges. A room full of environmental exhibitors boasted over 40 agencies and orga- nizations for educators and visitors to mingle with and learn about future oppor- tunities to collaborate. UW Extensions Cathy Techtmann was also a highlighted presenter featuring the G-WOW climate change curriculum that was created in collaboration with GLIFWC. Inadditiontothekeynotespeakersworkshopsandexhibitorhallparticipants could take optional tours of existing environmental landmarks and sustainable models. Tours of the Aldo Leopold Center local youth farm UWArboretum and the Audubon Society were available to participants. Itwasrefreshingtoseesomanyeducatorsandpresentersenergeticandenthu- siastic about sustaining our environment in a good way. Education is the key for preservation of the resources on which we depend. Furthermore education is the nurturing light which must foster the next generation into a sustainable mindset. Be on the lookout for MEEC 2017 set to take place in Illinois. Award winning VITF Reps The Northland College Alumni Association awarded alumnus Joe Rose Sr. Bad River the DistinguishedAlumniAward on September 26 at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. The award recognizes his significant professional and personal accomplishments that have directly or indirectly brought recognition to the college. A 1958 Northland graduate Rose became a champion of the Native Ameri- can Studies program and Northlands Native American Museum both which he developed. While well known and loved as an educator he also became a vocal advocate for regional environmental causes and worked and continues to work to educate the community about Native American cultures. At its regional conference in Acme Michigan the Native American Fish Wildlife Society named Thomas Howes the 2015 Biologist of the Year. Howes a Fond du Lac FdL Band natural resources program manager is credited with making an outstanding contribution to the management and protection of natural resources in the Great Lakes region. Mazinaigan readers may be familiar with Howes through feature stories highlightinghisinvolvementwithmanoominwildriceandlakesturgeonnam. Howes is also a strong proponent of incorporating Ojibwemowin or the Ojibwe language into natural resources work and mapping projects. In recognition of that commitment to meld science and culture Director of FdL Natural Resources Reggie DeFoe presented Howes with an eagle feather. Sue Erickson and Charlie Otto Rasmussen Joe Rose Sr. left and Tom Howes. photo by Dylan Jennings Educators flock to Madison for midwest environmental conferenceBy Dylan Jennings Staff Writer FdL Chair Karen Diver accepts post at the White House Fond du Lac Band Chairwoman Karen Diver accepted an appointment to serve as Special Assistant on Native American Affairs to President Obama a decision which will move her to Washington D.C. and the White House by mid-November. Diver has served as chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band in Minnesota since 2007 but sees this appointment as an opportunity to have a wider impact on Indian Country. Diver is familiar with the national platform. In 2013 she was appointed to serve on the Presidents Climate Change Task Force as one of twenty-six representatives nationally. Diver is handing the reins of leadership at Fond du Lac to Wally Dupuis current vice-chairman of the Reservation Business Committee. Diver has many achievements. She has led the Band successfully through numerous issues including the completion of Black Bear under budget bring- ing broadband internet to the community expanding housing and health care facilities and concluding litigation over Fond-du-Luth while always being a strong advocate for the environment. SE MAZINAIGAN PAGE 14 WINTER 2015-16