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What's New
Northern Minnesota oil pipeline opposition led by Winona LaDuke
St. Paul Pioneer Press (4/18)
An American Indian environmental group led by nationally known Winona LaDuke is fighting a northern Minnesota oil pipeline because the pipeline is projected to go through environmentally fragile areas of the state, including the country’s largest wild rice bed.

Forestry Center, Band connect over land dispute
Pine Journal (12/8)
After years of miscommunication born from land ownership issues, a University of Minnesota research center and the neighboring Chippewa tribe are working to find common ground on the Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation.

The fun-filled Wild Rice Road released
Indian Country Today Media Network (9/13)
The Wild Rice Road tells the story of two children on their way to an annual wild rice camp on the Saginaw Bay and was created to teach children respect for natural resources like wild rice and a connection to Mother Earth through the Anishinaabe language.

Red Cliff Band resumes Lake Superior Barrels Project
Northland's NewsCenter (9/12)
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has resumed their Lake Superior Barrels Project off the North Shore near Two Harbors, Minnesota. Crews were working off the coast of the McQuade Safe Harbor on Wednesday and pulled several over packs that contained the barrels from the bottom of the lake.

Indian Summer Festival celebrates the Great Lakes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (9/1)
It's all about water this year at the Indian Summer Festival, an annual celebration of the Great Lakes tribal nations Friday through Sunday at Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee.

Water quality testing, wild rice and mercury
Petoskey News-Review (6/4)
For more than a decade, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians has been gathering water quality data from almost all of the bodies of water in its boundary, which includes part of the Beaver Island archipelago and parts of Charlevoix and Emmet counties.

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General Resources
Human Health and the Great Lakes
U.S. EPA Region 5 / Great Lakes Commission
Featuring information on hot topics like drinking water and fish consumption, Human Health and the Great Lakes provides complete and up-to-date information about issues of human health in the Great Lakes region. Also contains a comprehensive glossary of Great Lakes terms and several links to related online resources. Based on data taken from the EPA's Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) studies.

Native Genealogy: People of the Three Fires
There are three major tribal groups in Michigan today: the Chippewa (Ojibwe), the Ottawa, and the Potawatomi. They comprise what is called the Three Fires Council.

TEACH: Native Peoples of the Great Lakes Region
Indians, or Native Peoples, were the original inhabitants of the Great Lakes region. Approximately 120 tribes and First Nations have occupied the Great Lakes basin over the course of history. Through this series of photo essays, learn about the history, livelihood and oral tradition of these proud peoples.

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Tribes and First Nations
First Nation Profiles
Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Searchable directory of Canada's First Nations, Tribal Councils and Reserves.

Ontario First Nations Directory
First Nation Information Project

Quebec First Nations Directory
First Nation Information Project

Michigan
Bay Mills Indian Community
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

 
New York
Oneida Nation of New York
The Seneca Nation of Indians
Tuscarora and Six Nations

 
Wisconsin
Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin
Formerly Wisconsin Winnebago Tribe

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin

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Organizations
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Regional Office
U.S. Department of the Interior

Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority
CORA, formerly the Chippewa Ottawa Treaty Fishery Management Authority, was formed in 1981 to regulate the treaty fishery between five tribes and the state of Michigan.

Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
 

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Comprised of eleven sovereign tribal governments located throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, the Commission's purpose is to protect and enhance treaty-guaranteed rights to hunt, fish, and gather on inland territories, to protect and enhance treaty guaranteed fishing on the Great Lakes, and to provide cooperative management of these resources.

Great Lakes Intertribal Council
A consortium of federally recognized Indian tribes in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan that assists with delivery of services and programs.

National Association of Friendship Centres
Based in Ottawa, Ontario, the NAFC seeks to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal peoples in an urban environment by supporting activities that encourage equal access to, and participation in, Canadian society and encourage Aboriginal cultural distinctiveness.

Native American Institute, Urban Affairs Programs
Michigan State University

Odawa Native Friendship Centre
A non-profit organization providing services to Ottawa, Ontario's Aboriginal community.

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Publications
Bay Mills News
Bay Mills Indian Community

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Laws and Treaties
Indian Treaties
Industry Canada's SchoolNet Digital Collections
Thirteen documents representing various types of arrangements between Aboriginal Peoples and representatives of the government of Canada have been selected for this project by the National Archives of Canada.

Indian Treaties: Their Ongoing Importance to Michigan Residents
Clarke Historical Library
Focuses on the negotiations that have occurred between Euro-Americans and three Native American communities: the Chippewa, Odawa and Potawatomi.

Oneida Indian Nation Treaties Project
Developed to provide easy access for native and non-native people alike to important treaties.

Tribal Gathering Memorandum of Understanding
In December 1998, the U.S. Forest Service and 10 Chippewa Tribes of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildife Commission entered into an agreement regarding gathering rights on national forest lands.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Fish and Fisheries in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Laws and Policies in the Great Lakes Region

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