Sticking It Out for the Winter
5:56 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

LCO Harvest Camp Giving Thanks

The Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp is celebrating a feast day Thursday.  

Above: the Harvest Camp has been going strong through spring and summer.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The camp formed in the spring of this year in response to a proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills.  

Five people are spending the winter at the camp…which has already seen more than a foot of snow.  Spokesman Paul DeMain says the camp has visitors every day, and several dozen people could attend the feast.                       

“When you go up there, always seems to be an abundance of food, coffee, fry bread and conversation.  And I think we want to get together and feel good about what we’ve accomplished to date, and that is public awareness about protecting clean air, clean water.”

DeMain says the camp’s purpose is also about protecting the treaty rights of the Ojibwe tribes to hunt and harvest food in ceded territory.  And appreciating that food is a big part of the giving thanks celebration. 

 “The Harvest Education Learning Project is not just about protesting the mine.  It’s a resource protection camp.  We’re looking out for all those things that provide us human beings with sustenance in that whole chain of food.”

DeMain says the meal will feature several foods found in the area…most likely including wild turkey, venison and bear meat.