The Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp celebrated its one-year anniversary this weekend.
On Saturday, April 26th, a group of about thirty people gathered in Iron County to feast on pancakes and locally produced maple syrup they call “Penokee Gold.”
Paula Mohan came from Madison for the event.
“I wanted to come for the pancakes and the Penokee Gold and all the other food and the fact that it is the one year anniversary," Mohan said. "I was last here in February and it’s kind of nice to be here because it is not twenty below and there are no bugs yet."
A member of the Harvest Camp near the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine in Iron county says he went through the proper process to vote as a homeless person.
Thursday, State Senator Tom Tiffany filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board and Attorney General, saying Nick Vander Puy allegedly improperly voted in the town of Anderson on April 1.
Vander Puy says the complaint is without merit....
The Iron County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to close the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp Thursday night, saying residents are violating a 14-day camping limit on county forest land.
About 30 people attended the meeting, most speaking in support of what’s officially called the Harvest Education Learning Project, or HELP Village. An hour of public comment was followed by an hour in closed session, where county supervisors consulted with legal counsel. A motion to close the camp passed 13 votes to 0, with two members absent.
The Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp is celebrating a feast day Thursday.
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.
Negotiations have begun between Iron County officials and the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp. Tribal members and supporters set up camp in May near the site of a proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills.
After signs that county officials planned to evict the group, the tribe asked to negotiate for a long term arrangement. Tribal member and camp overseer Mel Gasper says he believes the conversations will be fruitful.