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TREATY 3CHIPPEWA FEDERATION Some representatives from the delegation for the Treaty 3 meeting in Ontario Canada pictured left to right Reggie Defoe Fond du Lac Kekek Jason Stark LCO Jason Schlender LCO Neil Kmiecik GLIFWC Chris McGeshick Mole Lake Miles Falck GLIFWC. DJ See Treaty 3 page 23 PAGE 9 MAZINAIGANWINTER 2015-16 Helping each other for a better tomorrow Local delegation meets with Canadas Treaty 3 Chiefs By Dylan Jennings Staff Writer and Jason Schlender LCO Tribal Member Sioux Narrows Ont.A gathering of Treaty 3 Chiefs and surrounding communities convened on Wednesday October 7 near Sioux Narrows Ontario Canada. Visiting delegates were allowed time on the agenda and encouraged to participate in the opening ceremony. The visitors from the lower 48 specifically GLIFWC ambas- sadorsandrepresentativesfromGLIFWCs11membertribeswere asked to come prepared to discuss manoomin and education two topics of great interest. Anishinaabe people have endured many traumatic experi- ences in recent history both in the United States and Canada. For GLIFWC member tribes boat landings and even public facilities were ground zero for harassment of tribal members in the 80s and early 90s. For many First Nations a massive protest movement in 2012 which sought to obtain renewed government guarantees for treaty agreements swept through Canada known collectively as Idle No More. GLIFWC representatives traveled north towards Fort Francis to acknowledge a relationship that has existed since the beginning oftime.Awell-respectedspiritualadvisorfromOnigamingOntario was also acknowledged. Tobasonakwut Kinew visited GLIFWC many times and in 1997 at Cedar Island Canada local chiefs and leaders including Tobasonakwut gifted GLIFWC with opwaaga- nag pipes to help guide GLIFWC and the tribes into the future. Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Council member Jason Schlender recalls his experience of the trip Boozhoo Indinawemaaganidog niin dash Manidoo Noodin indizhinikaaz Bizhiw indoodem Odaawaa Zaagaiganiing indoonjibaa. Hello my relatives I wanted to share a story with you all that is fortified by blood language culture and is a true indicator of the health of the Anishinaabe nation. Last week we had the privilege of traveling with a tribal delegation to Sioux Narrows Ontario for a Treaty 3 Summit gathering. Our delegation was invited to the Summit by Fred Kelly for preliminary discussions for laying the traditional framework for a comprehensive manoomin plan for GLIFWCs member bands and Treaty 3 bands in Ontario. Collectively the bands are concerned for the overall health of manoomin and want to join forces to see what they can do for the preservation of all the resources. Treaty 3 bands and GLIFWC have a long history of collaboration that dates back to the Anishinaabe Aki Protocol that was signed back in September of 1998. The protocol establishes that the signatory bands are connected by clan language and culture with a general purpose of protecting the resources needed for the sur- vival of Ojibwe-Anishinaabe people. Red Cliff Reservation Wis. Tribal leaders made their way to Red Cliff on Thursday September 24th for a united gathering of Ojibwe tribes in presentdayWisconsinandMichiganter- ritories. The leaders came to the table to discuss issues that each nation is facing. The meeting started with a prayer and then two songs from the drum. Eagle staffs and tribal flags were danced into the circle and the opwaagan pipe was shared with everyone in attendance. TheChippewaFederationstartedin 2012asawaytoigniteunityamongstthe various Anishinaabe bands throughout the area. Currently there are six Wis- consin Ojibwe tribes and one Michigan band that are part of the Federation. These tribes are Lac du Flambeau SokaogonMole Lake St. Croix Bad RiverLacCourteOreillesRedCliffand Keweenaw Bay. Through the Federa- tiontribesareabletoshareinterestsand concerns between their communities. The Federation is the unifying platform for the tribes to discuss and take action on issues of collective concern. Issues regarding treaty rights environment gaming drugs and alcohol language revitalization are just a few topics that elected officials and tribal nations deal with on a regular basis. Red Cliff Tribal Chairman Brian Bainbridge remarks The Federation is important because it gives the bands a chance to gather and discuss many different issues and try to work towards a common goal. It gives us the opportunity to be open and do our best for all our people. It also gives us the opportunity to talk about things thatmaynotalwaysfitontheagendafor otherorganizationsthatweallbelongto. Chief Buffalos pipe was also pres- ent among the leaders the same pipe that made its way to Washington D.C in 1852. At that point in time the fed- eral government was several years into efforts to remove Lake Superior Ojibwe people from these ancestral homelands. Promisedannuitypaymentsfoodrations andsuppliesthatnevercamemarkedthe deathofhundredsofAnishinaabepeople at Sandy Lake in 1850. The Sandy Lake tragedyalongwiththreatsofremovalled to Chief Buffalos decision to travel to Washington D.C. The delegation set out in a birch- bark canoe and the journey took nearly three months. However the group made it to Washington D.C and despite their hard travels they received resistance fromvariousofficials.EventuallyChief Buffaloandhisdelegationreceivedwhat they sought a sit down with President Filmore and some of his cabinet. They smoked an opwaagan pipe together a special one made just for the meeting. President Filmore agreed to rescind the removal order and return annuity pay- mentstoLaPointe.Thisopwaaganisstill acknowledgedtodayateveryFederation meeting. Prior to European contact many of the bands in the area were in fact one nation. Nowadays the boundar- ies that have enclosed semi-nomadic Anishinaabe people have also done damage to the unity that once existed between the people. Bringing the tribes back together as one collective voice through the Federation is not only an impressive act of sovereignty but also a way for the communities to continue historical relationships. Chippewa Federation returns to Gaa-miskwaabikaang Red Cliff Tribal Chariman Brian Bainbridge center and the Red Cliff Tribal Council interact with other tribal councils and representatives at the Chippewa Federation meeting held in Miskwaabikaang Red Cliff. The federation provides a forum for the tribes to communicate issues concerns and develop strategies to improve the health and well being of the communities. DJ By Dylan Jennings Staff Writer