Indigenous Voices of the Great Lakes

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Find stories below that have been published on Great Lakes Now and center indigenous voices and issues related to drinking water and the Great Lakes region.

‘We’ve got to get gaming out of our blood’: Pandemic shock pushes Wisconsin tribes to diversify economy
- by Wisconsin Watch

Wisconsin tribes contemplate future beyond gaming after pandemic shows risk of overreliance on casinos.

US looks to boost cooperation with tribes on land management
- by The Associated Press

National Park Service Director Chuck Sams told members of a congressional committee that part of the effort includes integrating Indigenous knowledge into management plans and recognizing that federal lands once belonged to the tribes.

Billions Flow to Water Systems from Federal Pandemic Relief Funds
- by Circle of Blue

Passed nearly a year ago, the American Rescue Plan Act is injecting needed funding into aging water and sewer infrastructure.

Breaking up: Ice loss is changing one Anishinaabe fisherman’s relationship with Lake Superior
- by The Narwhal

Respect for water was as much a part of Phillip Solomon’s fishing education as sawing through thick winter ice. The Anishinaabe fisherman can see how rising temperatures are changing Gitchigumi and the fish his community relies on.

Holding in the deep: What Canada wants to do with its decades-old pileup of nuclear waste
- by The Narwhal

Canada plans to store spent nuclear fuel deep, deep underground in the Great Lakes basin. That is, if an industry group can find a community willing to play host.

Federal Great Lakes restoration program should focus on protection and flexibility, says Ojibwe leader
- by Gary Wilson

While the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has done great work and provided funding for many projects, its effectiveness might be undercut by an outsized reliance on metrics and lack of flexibility.

Restore, Release: The Great Lakes Now Episode Quiz
- by Maya Sundaresan

Test your knowledge on the Spectacle Reef lighthouse, Pullman neighborhood and lake sturgeon.

PFAS News Roundup: PFAS in Lake Superior fish, two Michigan locations could land on Superfund list
- by Natasha Blakely

Catch the latest updates on what’s happening with PFAS in Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Enbridge returns to court for Line 5 permit
- by Natasha Blakely

Starting today, Enbridge, the Bay Mills Indian Community, the Environmental Law and
Policy Center and more battle over their arguments for and against Line 5 to be submitted to the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Climate Ghosts author: To save more species, treat them like kin
- by Gary Wilson

Western science and systemic restoration practices aren’t enough to stop the crash of struggling species.

Great Lakes region WWII armory preserves Indigenous village
- by Great Lakes Echo

Researchers are studying a long-vanished village near southern Lake Michigan that a World War II arsenal helped preserve.

Drinking Water News Roundup: Infrastructure funding in Minnesota, Wisconsin, false confidence in Michigan water
- by Maya Sundaresan

Catch the latest drinking water updates with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Find video segments below that have aired on Great Lakes Now and center indigenous voices and issues related to drinking water and the Great Lakes region.

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