PAGE 3 MAZINA’IGAN FALL 2017 Ceded Territory news briefs Spring harvest totals from 1837 Minnesota territory The 2017 spring treaty harvest season on Mille Lacs Lake ran from April 1 to May 11. Tribal members mostly targeted walleye with spears during the early part of the season, followed by limited gill-netting for a total of 13,938 pounds from a 19,200 pound allocation. Just over 5,200 pounds remain for dagwaagin fishing. Also, a total of 2,835 pounds of the 50,000 pound northern pikeallocationwasharvestedmostlythroughgill-netting.Asthewalleyemoved awayfromshoreduringtheendoftheirspawningperiod,tribalharvestersbegan targeting yellow perch with gill nets on Mille Lacs Lake, harvesting a total of 794 pounds of the 101,714 pound yellow perch allocation. Treaty fishers also sought harvest opportunity on other lakes including: Chisago Lake, Green Lake, South Long Lake, Platte Lake, Knife Lake, and Pokegama Lake. Total walleye and northern pike harvest for all these lakes combined was around 950 pounds of walleye and 720 pounds of northern pike. Miigwech to GLIFWC, Mille Lacs Band, and Fond du Lac Band harvest monitoringteams,andabigmiigwechtoallthetribalharvestersfortheirpatience while their fish were being counted, weighed, and measured. —A. Ray Eagle possession rules under review The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is engaging in government-to- government consultation with federally recognized tribes on potential changes to the National Eagle Repository and the manner in which bald and golden eagle parts are distributed from the repository. A consultation for the Great Lakes Region was held on May 20 at the Mystic Lake Casino. Tribal leaders and representatives of GLIFWC member tribesandGLIFWCstaffattendedtheconsultation.TheServiceisalsoavailable to consult with individual tribes by telephone. To schedule a consultation or request more information, please contact the Service’s Office of Law Enforce- ment at (303) 236-7540. Get with Ojibwe speakers at language immersion camp Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang with Fond du Lac Tribal and CommunityCollegearepleasedtoannouncetheseventhannualOjibweImmer- sion Academy Weekend Cohort to be held over the upcoming school year at the Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN. The Ojibwe Immersion Academy Weekend Cohort is a rare opportunity for language-learners who are interested in a complete immersion experience to study one-on-one and in small groups with Ojibwe elders and faculty speakers. Participantsmeetoneweekendamonthfor6monthsbeginningNovember2017 and ending April 2018. For more information please visit ojibwemotaadidaa. or email All applications are due by noon on September 13, 2017. • NEWS BRIEFS/MANOOMIN/OGAA • A cloudy manoomin forecast This is the time of year I get antsy. For months I have been responding to inquires about what the manoomin season will be like with:askmeinthemiddleofAugust; by then I should know something. Those call-backs are going to start any day now, and it turns out I still have very little to report. We all know how rainy this springandsummerhavebeen. It’san obvious connection, but we may not thinkabouthowcloudyithasbeenas well. To me this is a problem. There is no better way to survey a couple of hundred rice waters quickly and accurately than from the air—IF the skies are cloudless. What a weather report calls “mostly sunny” is often 25% or more cloud cover, and the shadows and lighting impacts of those clouds on the rice beds can wipe out my ability to differentiate manoomin from other vegetation. I wasn’t necessarily a quick learner (and I have hundreds of lousy pictures to prove it) but over the years I’ve learned when its best to stay on the ground and hope for a better time. Most years, it comes. A few years we never got to a particular area, or couldn’t until harvesting was already underway. The latter situation still gives us important information, even if it isn’t available early enough to be beneficial to pickers. But it’s starting to look like 2017 could be the first year with significant gaps in our aerial surveys of rice waters. It’s a first I would like to avoid. We have been running some ground surveys, and have been in discussion with folks around rice range, and we can tell you this: All that rain did manoomin no favors—at least for this year. The crop generally appears to be below average, but as always, some locations buck the trend. Conditions may generally be better as you move west. High water levels and fairly cool summer temps also have us thinking that the season may be a bit later than average—or at least more prolonged than usual. Many beds also appear thin—though it’s worth remembering that thin beds can sometimes still produce a lot of seed. If you need to fill your pantry, you will want to do some local scouting, and you may want to look at a couple of more waters than you usually do. Places that are higher in the watershed, or which were able to maintain favorable water levels when the rains hit, will generally be better bets. We also suggest you continue to follow the links to manoomin information at; we will be working to post whatever abundance information we can gather as quickly as we can. If you have some information you would care to share, we would love to hear from you. Just call 715-682-6619, and ask for Lisa or Peter. And regardless of how your ricing time unfolds, enjoy your days in the Great Spirit’s garden—even if they are cloudy. —P. David The crop generally appears to be below average, but as always, some locations buck the trend. Ogaawag for elders, veterans GLIFWC officers joined Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) fisherman Jim Tate on a reservation-wide distribution of walleyes speared from local lakes last spring. For elders no longer able to harvest fish, the gift of five packages of filleted, frozen ogaawag on Memorial Day weekend was well appreciated. “We’re very thankful,” said elder Beverly Smith who received armful of ogaawag from Tate. Inspired by a young LCO spearer who gave away his entire harvest the previ- ous year, Tate and Officer Mike Popovich hatched a plan to place fish donation boxes at active boat landings during the 2017 spring spearing season. LCO spear- ers responded with a contribution of 166 walleyes. Popovich and area GLIFWC warden, Pat Ratzleff, filleted and packaged the catch. “I’ve got food right here but I can’t get the fish,” elder Chuck Martin told the wardens during a home delivery.AUS military veteran, Martin lives on Tyner Lake, part of the Chippewa Flowage. Two shoulder surgeries have made it impos- sible for him to spear and even angling is difficult. GLIFWC officers said they were excited about the community response and, along with Tate, hope to expand the ogaa-for-elders program in 2018. Last spring, Tate and his spearing partner Chuck Lynk led the way, donating 66 walleyes. A chi miigwech to all the others who contributed ogaawag: David Bisonette, Mark Bisonette, Chato Gonzalas, Tim LaPointe, Kelly Martin, Keller Paap, Jason Schlender, and Charles Woller. —Charlie Otto Rasmussen From the left: Officer Mike Popovich and LCO member Jim Tate led efforts to collect and donate walleyes. Officer Pat Ratzleff joined the pair on Memorial Day weekend to deliver frozen ogaa packages. (C. Rasmussen Photo)