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.

Judge refuses to shut down Line 5, but says Enbridge is trespassing on Native American reservation
- by Michigan Radio

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa wanted Line 5 shut down and moved off its land.

Setting Lake Erie limits
- by James Proffitt

Great Lakes managers re-visit fishing every year.

Water test: a long history and hopeful future of human impact on Great Lakes ecology
- by Great Lakes Echo

Much has changed since the Treaty of Washington was signed in 1836, notably because of invasive mussels. But human activity changed the Great Lakes long before then.

Living water: Northern Indigenous communities’ use and perceptions of drinking water
- by The Conversation

In Indigenous communities that have lacked access to safe water for years, getting it is crucial. However, perceptions of the water supply affect consumption.

In Minnesota, the PolyMet mine pits renewable energy needs against tribes and the EPA
- by Grist

The PolyMet Mining Corporation has been locked in a battle to open Minnesota’s first copper-sulfide mine for over 17 years.

Line 5 shutdown would increase gas prices by half a cent
- by Natasha Blakely

Court Filing: The hike in Michigan and Wisconsin gas prices that would come with a Line 5 shutdown looks to be half a cent per gallon, according to Enbridge expert.

FRESH: EPA Recommends Against Minnesota Mining Permit
- by Circle of Blue

Fresh is a biweekly newsletter from Circle of Blue that unpacks the biggest international, state, and local policy news stories facing the Great Lakes region today.

The Catch: Tribal fishermen in the Great Lakes region
- by GLN Editor

Anishinaabe journalist Sierra Clark said harassment regarding tribal fishing is not something new in the state of Michigan.

‘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.

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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