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MAZINAIGANPAGE20SPRINGSUMMER2013SUGARBUSHHEALINGCIRCLERUNContinuedfrompage1SecurityletmegorightthroughheremarksandIgotittowhereitwassupposedtogoWhilehisofficialdutieskepthimbusypoliticallyasanadvocateandnego-tiatoronbehalfofthetribesLaFernieralsoservedinaspiritualcontextespe-ciallyasaFirekeeper.HestartedandkeptSacredFiresatSandyLakeMin-nesotabothwhenGLIFWCfirstvisitedthesiteandhonoredthespiritsofthosewhohadpassedthereandalsoastheMikwendaagooziwagmonumentwhenSandyLakewascompleted.HekeptFireduringthe1998GLIFWCTreatyConferenceonMad-elineIslandalsoinWashingtonDCpriortotheMilleLacsCasehearingtheUSSupremeCourtofAppealsinandduringtheMinwaajimoConferenceatBadRiver.InsodoingheprovidedthatimportantrecognitiontotheCreatorandthespiritworldthatsooftenisignoredinthefast-pacedworldofissuespoliticsandlegalbattles.BecauseofhislengthyserviceandcommitmenttotheRedCliffTribeandGLIFWCboththeTribeandGLIFWCseparatelyacknowledgedhissignificantcontributionsinseparateresolutionsthiswinterseeresolution.Itshightimetosaychi-miigwechtoUncleLeolongstand-ingfriendwarriorandKeeperoftheFire.ResolutionhonoringLeoLaFernierWHEREASLeoLaFernierhasbeenaVoigtIntertribalTaskForcerepresen-tativefortheRedCliffBandofLakeSuperiorChippewasince1985andWHEREASLeoLaFernierplaysanimportantroleinsecuringaffirmationandimplementationofanumberofcourtcasesandintergovernmentalagreementsincludingprovidingtestimonyintheLacCourteOreillesv.Wisconsincasein1990asanexpertontheTribesgovernmentalcapacityandabilitytoexercisesovereignauthorityovertheexerciseofmemberscededterritorytreaty-reservedrightsandWHEREASLeoLaFernierworksdiligentlytodefendandimplementallaspectsoftreatyrightstribalsovereigntyandtribalnaturalresourceandenvironmentalmanagementprerogativesandWHEREASLeoLaFernierisaleaderineffortstoprotectcededterritorynaturalresourcesandecosystemsincludingeffortstoassessthepotentialimpactsofradioactivewastestorageinthecededterritoryandWHEREASLeoLaFernieralwaysprovidesthoughtfulandwiseperspectivesonthewiderangeofissuesconsideredbytheVoigtIntertribalTaskForceandfacilitatesintertribalco-managementandunity.NOWTHEREFOREBEITRESOLVEDthattheVoigtIntertribalTaskForceoftheGreatLakesIndianFishandWildlifeCommissionrecognizesthemanycontributionsandenduringlegacyofLeoLaFernierexpressesitssinceregratitudeandappreciationtohimforhislifetimeofachievementasamemberoftheTaskForceandcommendshimforhisleadershipinandcommitmenttotheprotectionandimplementationoftribalsovereigntyandtreaty-reservedhuntingfishingandgatheringrights.HonoringLeoFondduLacReservationMinn.Takingadifferenttackattappingtimethe13MoonsFondduLacTribalCollegeExtensionProgramheldaworkshopontappingbirchtrees.JimLeaseOnamiaMinnesotatalkedabouthisfirstyearexperiencetappingbirchtrees.Afteranunsuccessfulyearofmaplesyrupin2012JimdecidedhecouldntlosetryingtotapthebirchtreesbecausethesapisknowntorunafterthemaplesaporsometimeinApril.Hefoundthebestbirchtreesfortappingarehealthyandatleast8indiameteratbreastheightoroldgrowth.Unlikemaplesapwhichtakesabout40gallonsofsaptomakeonegallonofsyrupittakes100gallonsofbirchsaptomakeonegallonofsyrup.Notnecessarilyaneconomicalventuremostarewillingtogoaftertappingbirchdoeshavebenefitsthatoutweighthecostsinthevalueofmedicinalproperties.WhenIaskedaplantknowledgeablepersonatFondduLacaboutusingbirchsyruphesaidtheOjibweusedthesapformedicinenotnecessarilyasafoodsource.AfteraquickGooglesearchIfoundthatbirchsyrupisusedasabeverageforbeerwineorasarootbeer.Withmoresearchingonbirchmedicinalprop-ertiesIfoundthatbirchsyrupcanbeusedasadiureticforjointpainandhasthesamepropertiesasaspirinforpainrelief.Ilearnedthatbirchbarkishighinbetulinandbetulinicacidwhichcouldbegoodmedicineforcancer.Anecdotallytheknowledgewehaveinourcommunitiesofplantandtreemedicinesmayhavebeensavingourlivesfromcancersanddiabeteslongbeforedocumentedhistory.Tolearnmoreaboutthe13Moonsprogramyoucanlookup13MoonsAshiniswigiizisoogonFacebookorgotowww.fdlrez.comandlookusupontheNaturalResourceslink.Miigwech.LearningaboutbirchsyrupByNikkiCroweforMazinaiganValTurchotteleftandJeffSavagetastingbirchsyrup.JimLeasebroughtsomeofthebirchsyruphebottledlastyeartotastetestattheworkshop.Thesyrupismorewoodsyandmolasses-likethanmaplesyrupyetstillverytasty.PhotobyNikkiCroweSpring2013wasagusherformanywhotappedmapletreestheoppositeoflastspringsnearlydryrun.Anextendedseasonoffreezingnightsandwarmingdaysmadeidealconditionsforaplentifulharvest.TappersattheNelissugarbushgatheredanincredible2580gallonsofsapproducing58plusgallonsofmaplesyrup.Thisaveragedouttobeabout44gallonsofsaptoagallonofzhiiwaagamiziganmaplesyrup.Ajointventureinvolvingvepartnerstheoperationusedastate-of-the-artboilertostreamlinetheprocessandminimizerewoodconsumption.CollaboratorsincludedSteveNelisAndyStaffordJerryStaffordShockieLeosoandMicahCain.PhotobyMicahCainZhiiwaagamiziganThe2013HealingCircleRunWalkisintendedtobeaprayerforhealing.Duringthe2001HealingJourneyRunparticipantsthoughtofateachingonhealingforanationtohealitmustbeginwiththeindividual.Asapersonhealsthenthatpersoncanhelphealhisherfamily.Asafamilybeginstohealtheycanhelphealtheircommunity.Ascommunitieshealtheycanhelpthenationheal.AsnationshealtheycanhelpAkitheearthourplantandanimalrelativestoheal.The2013HealingCircleRunWalkwillconnecteightOjibwereservationsinnorthernWisconsinMichiganandMinnesotastartingattheLacCourteOreillesReservationandendingatLacduFlambeauonJuly13Day1thenendingatMoleLakeonJuly14Day2atLacVieuxDesertonJuly15Day3atBadRiverRedCliffonJuly16Day4atFondduLacBlackBearCasinoonJuly17Day5atSt.CroixonJuly18Day6andatLacCourteOreillesonJuly19Day7.HealingCircleRunWalkJuly13192013IfyouareinterestedinparticipatingorneedmoreinformationcontactRoseWilmerSueLemieuxorNeilKmiecikatGLIFWCat715.682.6619.Allparticipantsmustassumepersonalliabilityaswellasresponsibilityfortheirowntransportationandexpenses.Day1LCO-PipestoneCreekDay1LDF-RoundHouseDay2LDF-RoundHouseDay2MLK-RecCenterDay3MLK-Admin.BuildingDay3LVD-VillageatLVDLakeDay4LVD-ElderlyBuildingDay4RC-TribalCampgroundDay5RC-TribalCampgroundDay5FDL-CARLTONBlackBearCasinoDay6FDL-CityofSuperiorDay6STC-HertelComm.Cntr.Day7STC-HertelComm.Cntr.Day7LCO-PipestoneCreekRouteStartingPointRouteEndingPointDay1RouteDay2RouteDay3RouteDay4RouteDay5RouteDay6RouteDay7RouteRouteEndingPointIfdifferentfromthenextdaysstartingpoint.GLIFWCMemberTribesCountyBoundary