PAGE 17 MAZINA’IGAN FALL 2017 • GLIFWC INTERNS • GLIFWC Interns get hands-on experience By Amanda Plucinski GLIFWC PIO Intern Odanah,Wis.—This year, LaTisha Coffin became the new intern coor- dinator following Jim St. Arnold’s retirement. As intern coordinator Coffin oversaw recruitment and hiring of eleven undergraduate students and one graduate student for GLIFWC internships. Every summer GLIFWC internships encourage Native youth to enter careers in various fields. Throughout the internship GLIFWC offers students hands-onexperienceandnetworkingopportunities.Theinternshipistenweeks long beginning in late June and ending in earlyAugust. One of the things that the internship prides itself on is its ability to show the interns Anishinaabe culture and values by letting them participate in different ceremonies. This year’s interns worked in a variety of divisions, including Biologi- cal Services (Great Lakes Fisheries, Inland Fisheries, Wild Rice), Public Information Office, Planning and Develoment, Intergovernmental Affairs, Law Enforcement, and Climate Change. Biological Services Division Great Lakes Fisheries Mole Lake tribal member Jalyn LaBine is in her fourth year as a Great Lakes Fisheries intern. This fall she will be entering her fifth year at Uni- versity of Wisconsin-Stevens Point majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. Jalyn’s favorite part of the internship has been netting for siscowet lake trout on Lake Superior. This summer Jalyn has also assisted on sea lamprey collecting,stomachsampling, and juvenile sturgeon assess- ments. Her future plans after finishing school are to move outwestandworkonthecoast. Jalyn has already been con- tacted by two different people on the west coast through her intern video on GLIFWC’s Facebook page regarding future endeavors. This is Patrick LaGrew’s first summer as a GLIFWC intern. He is a Red Cliff tribal member who attends Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College in Hay- ward. He is double majoring in Land Management and Water Management. Patrick says his favorite part about his internship is the connec- tions he is making with his coworkers while learning new methods of fish and water management. This summer Patrick also worked on aging otoliths, collecting stomach samples, and lamprey control. His future goal is to work for GLIFWC in the Biological Services Division. Great Lakes Fisheries’ other intern is Northland College student Jacob Rodmaker. In the fall Jacob will be a senior majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology. So far, Jacob says that this job has provided a lot of hands-on experi- ences for him such as lamprey control, whitefish and lake trout monitoring, and siscowet assessments. His future plans are to possibly work in a fish hatchery or an agency like GLIFWC. Inland Fisheries Thisyear’ssoleInlandFisheries intern is Andre Gilles, a Bad River tribalmember.Andrerecentlygradu- ated from Hocking College in Ohio with an Associate’s degree in Fish Management and Aquatic Culture Science.Asanintern,Andre’sfavorite part has been electrofishing. Throughout the summer, Andre hasbeensamplingfishstomachswith Inland Fisheries Biologist Aaron Schultz. He assisted on a juvenile walleye assessment on Mille Lacs Lake,andhelpedwithbasspopulation estimation on Bass Paterson Lake. Andre’sfutureplansaretohope- fullycontinueworkingwithGLIFWC and go back to school. Manoomin Jake Oster is in his second year as a wild rice intern. He recently graduated from Northland College with a degree in Chemistry and Secondary Education. Jake is a descendent of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe in El Paso, Texas. This summer Jake monitored the rice beds and did surveys throughout the Ceded Territory. Jake is looking forward to learning more about wild rice and networking with coworkers. In the fall, Jake will be teaching chemistry at a high school in Washington D.C. Mary Sellars, first time GLIFWC intern, also workedasawildriceintern. Mary also monitored wild rice beds and did surveys throughout the Ceded Ter- ritory. She will be a junior this fall at Northland Col- lege majoring in Wildlife Biology and minoring in Geographic Information Systems. Mary’s future career plans are to continue with her schooling until she receives a graduate degree in Wildlife Biology. Mary said that she chose GLIFWC because of its mission to conserve treaty rights throughout the Ceded Territories and that’s what she wants to do with her studies. Climate Change Thisyear’sclimatechangeinternisShannonSoulier,aRedClifftribalmember. This fall she will be a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. This summer she worked in the field and on the different phenophases. Shannon has worked on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) interviews of tribal elders. She says, “It’s interesting to listen to what these elders are saying compared to what is being found in our studies.” She hopes that her internship with GLIFWC will give her an idea of what she wants to major in. Division of Intergovernmental Affairs Kristen Thannum, a Bad River tribal member, has worked in the Division of Intergovernmental Affairs for the past three summers. She recently graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College with a Paralegal Degree. As an intern, Kristen has been doing legal research into possession permits of Eagle feathers and the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. In addition to this she has been working on the Minnesota 1837 Model Code books. Kristen hopes that her internship with GLIFWC will allow her to apply the skills she learned in school in a way that helps tribal members. Enforcement Division Menominee Nation tribal member Rashawn Bell is in his second year as a GLIFWC intern. In the fall he will be a junior at the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh majoring in Kinesiology. As an enforcement intern Rashawn has been involved in many different cultural activities such as being a camp counselor at Camp Onji-Aking. Shawn said that his favorite part was going on ride-alongs with the officers and seeing what it means to be a game warden. He is hoping that this internship with GLIFWC will help with his future employment due to the hands-on experi- ence that he has had. This is Mole Lake tribal member, Megan Mihlako’s first summer as a GLIFWC intern. In the fall, Megan will be a sophomore at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minnesota majoring in Wildlife/WildlandLawEnforcement.This summer she has been involved in many different cultural activities as an enforce- ment intern such as the Healing Circle Marvin DeFoe presented plaques to GLIFWC interns who assisted him with the construction of a wiigwaasi-jiiman. The cedar plaques were presented during the Voigt meeting at Fond du Lac on July 27. Receiving placques were, from the left, Jordan Tabobondung, Shannon Soulier, Marvin DeFoe, Kristen Thannum, and Amanda Plucinski. (D. Jennings photo) Jalyn LaBine, (left) Jacob Rodmaker, and Patrick LaGrew. (A. Plucinski photo) Andre Gilles. (A. Plucinski photo) Mary Sellars and Jake Oster. (A. Plucinski photo) Megan Mihlako (front) and Rashawn Bell. (C. Dzwonkowski photo) (see GLIFWC interns, page 22)