Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24• EVENTS/WALKING ON • The 2016 Healing Circle Run was an unprecedented journey to say the least. Core runners, community members and Lac Courte Oreilles representatives gath- ered at Pipestone Creek on Saturday, July 9th for the opening ceremony. “This event isn’t only about exercise, it’s about connecting our communities and spreading the healing that is needed,” said Lac Courte Oreilles Band Tribal Chairman Mic Isham. The seven-day run, July 9-15, connected eight Ojibwe reservations in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Minnesota. This year during the morning ceremony at Lac du Flambeau, a miigwan (feather) for past leader Zaagajiwe or Jim Schlender Sr. was placed on the staff to commemorate him and his work for the people. Also a miigwan was offered up for Little Bird John Anderson and will be placed on the mitiganabe staff during next year’s Healing Circle Run. On day four as the core group left Getegitiganing (Lac Vieux Desert), the morning of Tuesday, July 12, there was uncertainty and concern about arriving in Red Cliff. The Lake Superior south shore had gone through severe thunderstorms the previous evening, which caused torrential rains and a flood warning for the area. The group traveled to Bad River, praying for the community. Once in Bad River, the core group made it safely through the community just as the waters began to rise and major flooding ensued. This inhibited many people from physi- cally participating in the run, however, the thoughts and prayers could be felt for miles. Communities and GLIFWC staff pulled together along the journey to send donations and assistance to the Bad River community. In the wake of the disaster, communities and families dropped everything to help in some way shape or form. This will be an event in history that nobody will forget. Despite the adversity, the water brought forth healing in an unexpected manner; a way in which families and communities worked together to rebuild and mend Bad River and the surrounding townships. TheHealingCircleRunoriginallybeganasanactofsolidarityforAnishinaabe bandsseekingtoreaffirmtheirtreatyreservedrightsincourt.Decadeslater,original participants and a new generation of runners have emerged to keep the run going strong. Every morning participants begin with a ceremony, utilizing the sacred articles that were given to the Commission. Opwaaganag (pipes), dewe’iganag (drums) and asemaa (tobacco) are an integral part of GLIFWC and its mission to infuse culture and Anishinaabe lifeway into everything it does. To finish the day, core runners and community participants end with a ceremony and talking circle. Pleasestaytunedformoreinformationregardingthe2017HealingCircleRun. Healing comes in many shapes, and sizes. Healing also operates on its own time. Keep the circle going throughout the year by keeping relatives and communities in your thoughts and prayers. Historic flooding interlaced with Healing Circle Run By Dylan Jennings, Staff Writer Walking On Distinguished educator and Ojibwe cultural advocate John Little Bird Anderson died July 12 at his home in Springbrook, Wis. He was 80 years old. Anderson inspired many young natives throughout a career that spanneddecades,includingchairman- ship of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band at age 23. Anderson served as professor at the College of St. Scholastica from 1971-77. Healsoworkedasatraveling professor, driving around a circuit of on-reservationclassroomsatRedCliff, Bad River, St. Croix and LCO where he taughtAmerican Indian history and other courses. In1982Andersonjoinedtheeffort to establish the Lac Courte Oreilles Community College and became its firstpresidentfouryearslater.Inthelate1980s,duringthebacklashagainstOjibwe treaty rights, he served as facilitator between the LCO community and Hayward Lakes Association in addition to service on the Ad Hoc Commission on Racism. At Mount Scenario College, Professor Anderson headed up the American Indian Program from 1993 through the end of the century. An accomplished distance runner, Anderson joined other natives in creating the Solidarity runs of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He completed the Boston Marathon in 1987. Anderson was also known as Bonajonce, a name rooted in his earliest years growing up in an Ojibwe foster home at New Post. When the young Anderson grewcrabbyandirritable,hismotherwouldsayinOjibwemowin“Giikiibingwashi banajaah,” or the “little bird is sleepy.” Anderson most recently participated in GLIFWC’s Ogichidaag Storyteller’s project last March. Little Bird will be missed. —CO Rasmussen Changing Leaves Camp Planning is underway for a two-day youth camp at Lac du Flambeau this October. Keep an eye on www.Facebook/GLIFWC for details or call GLIFWC Outreach Officer Heather Naigus Bliss for more information at 906.458.3778. Core runners led by Animikiins Stark of Bad River, walk with determination as they pass through Radisson, WI to finish up the 2016 Healing Circle Run. The vision of the next generation leading the people is in full effect. (Jenny Krueger-Bear photo) GLIFWC staff, tribes, and local communities gathered for the annual Mik- wendaagoziwag ceremony on Wednesday, July 27th. Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Chairman Mic Isham acknowledged this day as an important time to “remember our relatives and the sacrifices they made for us to have our treaty rights today.” GLIFWC interns scoured the crowd and assisted with setup and also made plates for the elders. Sokaogon Mole Lake Tribal Chairman Nigig Chris McGeshick acknowledged the Mole Lake youth and all of the youth that came to the historic event. “We can rest assured knowing that we are in good hands, our future is right here.” Thedaywasalittledampaswasthepaddleacrossthelake;however,everyone that chose to paddle made it safely, a testament to the resiliency of Anishinaabeg. Please stay tuned for logistics for the 2017 Sandy Lake Mikwendaagoziwag remembrance ceremony. —Dylan Jennings Ancestors remembered at Sandy Lake The Mikwendaagoziwag Memorial draws people from throughout the region, with many travelers coming to Sandy Lake from Wisconsin. In 2016 retired Wisconsin State Senator Robert Jauch (pictured left next to James Zorn, GLIFWC executive director) attended annual ceremonies July 27. (Jen Ballinger photo) MAZINA’IGAN PAGE 16 FALL 2016