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.

Nibi Chronicles: Violence in Ma’iingan Country
- by Staci Lola Drouillard

There has been an uptick in human-wolf conflict in northern Minnesota.

Twenty companies pledge to use all parts of Great Lakes fish by 2025
- by Great Lakes Echo

Fish-leather purses and wallets may make their way into Great Lakes fashion with an initiative to use 100% of commercially caught fish by 2025.

Upper Peninsula tribe closer to compensation for land seized by the U.S. government
- by Michigan Public

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community would get $34 million if legislation passed by the U.S. Senate is approved by the House and signed by President Joe Biden.

Nibi Chronicles: How to craft a memorandum of understanding with trout
- by Staci Lola Drouillard

In Ojibwe country, change is understood to be a constant condition or state of being. Sometimes change is difficult, and sometimes change is good. A very good effort to change happened on May 2, 2023.

Four Michigan tribes receive funding to support recycling initiatives
- by Interlochen Public Radio

Tribes and organizations in the Great Lakes were awarded more than $11 million as part of a big federal investment in recycling.

The Four Sisters: Bangs, Lugalette, Bannock and Frybread
- by Staci Lola Drouillard

“I think next time I decide to make a batch, I’ll add a bit of manoomin — wild rice — flour along with a touch of maple sugar, to see how that fries up in a little bit of grease, and give thanks for all that we have.”

Waves of Change: Meet herbalist and forager Monica Cady
- by GLN Editor

Waves of Change is a new online interview series highlighting the diverse faces and perspectives shaping the environmental justice movement throughout the Great Lakes region.

Nibi Chronicles: Grand Portage Water Warriors
- by Staci Lola Drouillard

The Grand Portage Band was the first Tribal Nation in the country to have a beach program and has been monitoring water quality at tribally-held beaches since 2007.

I’m working to revitalize an Indigenous language and bring it into the future
- by The Conversation

Language revitalization efforts, both in Canada and the U.S., are opportunities for Indigenous peoples to reclaim their cultural ties. Strategies for revitalizing languages range from language documentation to immersion language schools.

Minnesota Tribe Sets Enforceable Rules To Safeguard Wild Rice and Water Supply
- by Circle of Blue

Ineffective voluntary pollution prevention practices are set aside for mandatory regulation.

Survival of wild rice threatened by climate change, increased rainfall in northern Minnesota
- by Sahan Journal

Wild rice is an aquatic grass that thrives in shallow waters, and serves as a sacred “mashkiki,” or medicine, to the Ojibwe.

Nibi Chronicles: A beaver named Annabelle, her kin, and us
- by Staci Lola Drouillard

Raised on Saganagons Lake in the border country between the U.S. and Canada, Milt Powell was a great friend of the Drouillard family. He and my dad had many adventures as kids and young men, learning the way of the woods in far northeastern Minnesota.

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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