Lac du Flambeau celebrated the tribe’s purchase of the historic Strawberry Island Thursday. The land was privately held for over a hundred years.
About a hundred people gathered on Sand Beach across from the island that gets its name from its strawberry-like shape. It’s the site of an important battle between the Ojibwe and the Sioux peoples. Lac du Flambeau Chairman Tom Maulson says it’s also spiritually important.
Culture, in my own personal definition is ‘life as we know it,’ but it is also life as it once was long ago before you or I or even our parents walked the earth. Although I am not of Native American descent, I have spent the last 18 months as a Tribal AmeriCorps Program member serving the Lac du Flambeau grade school. Part of my service there involves working closely with the Envision program. I think it would be best if Ariana, a seventh-grader in the program described it for you in her own words.
The state Natural Resources Board has authorized the DNR to take emergency steps to protect Wisconsin’s fish supply. The move comes after Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes declared they’ll reserve a record number of walleye in the spearing season.
Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes plan to spear up to 63,000 walleye this spring - five thousand more than last year. As Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesperson Sue Erickson explains, typically tribal members only take about half of what is declared.