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PAGE23MAZINAIGANSPRINGSUMMER2013GLIFWCNEWSWiththeexpansionofmininginthecededterritoriesGLIFWCbroughtonDawnWhiteLacCourteOreillesLCOtribalmemberasaminingspecialistinJanuary2013.Hertasksinvolvetrackingminingexplorationanddrillinginthecededterritoriesaswellasreviewingandpreparingcommentsonthoseapplicationstostateandfederalagencies.ThisinvolvessitevisitsgeographicinformationsystemGISmappingskillsanddiscoveryoftribaluseinareaspotentiallyimpactedbyminingactivities.WhitereturnedtoherhomeregionfromMontanawhereshewasrecentlyemployedasthewaterqualitycoordinatorfortheCleanWaterAct106ProgramwiththeChippewaCreeTribesRockyBoysReservationforoverayear.PriortothatsheworkedasaNaturalResourceSpecialistandGISInstructorLabManagerfortheLCOOjibweCommunityCollegeconductingresearchinnaturalresourcesmentoringstudentsintheirresearchandinstructingGISmappingandGPS.ShealsowasemployedthreeyearsinsouthwestOregonasabotanistfortheBureauofLandManagement.WhiteholdsaMasterofSciencedegreefromtheUniversityofMontanaMissoulawithamajorinplantbiologyandecologywithanemphasisonconser-vation.SheearnedherBachelorofSciencedegreefromtheUniversityofGreatFallswithamajorinbiology.Whitehasagreataffinityandappreciationfortheoutdoorsandhasparticu-larlyenjoyedworkingwithGISmappingthroughouthercareer.ConcernfortheconservationandprotectionofnaturalresourceswasonedrawthatbroughthertothepositionwithGLIFWCasaminingspecialist.Anotherincentivewastheopportunitytojoinateamthatsheviewshasbeeneffectiveinconservationandresourcemanagement.Althoughsheenjoysfosteringaspecialrelationshipwithmanyofnaturesgiftsnibiwaterstandsoutasacriticalresourceandonewithwhichshemain-tainsauniquerelationship.WhitehastwodaughtersSierra21currentlyresidinginMontanaandCheyene15livinginHayward.MiningspecialisttracksminingdevelopmentsincededterritoriesBySueEricksonStaffWriterRedCliffWis.In2013Commissionemployeesarereachingthe30-yearmilestoneforthefirsttime.JimZornGLIFWCExecutiveAdministratorrec-ognizedadozenCommissionemployeesfortheirworkonbehalfoftribesandtreatyrightsduringtheFebruary13AllStaffmeeting.HeadingthelistLynnPlucinskihiredbythethenGreatLakesIndianFisheriesCommissionin1983andNeilKmiecikfirsthiredbytheVoigtIntertribalTaskForcein1983.LessthanayearafteritscreationtheTaskForcemergedwiththeGreatLakesIndianFisheriesCommissiontoformGLIFWCinearly1984.ExperienceondisplayatGLIFWCstaffmeetingMarking25yearsatGLIFWCJimSt.ArnoldLeanneThannumandVernStonewithPendletonblanketspresentedbyExecutiveAdministratorZorn.CORLynnPlucinskiwasfrsthiredbytheGreatLakesIndianFisheriesCommissionin1983.NeilKmiecikwashiredbytheVoigtIntertribalTaskForcein1983followingtheVoigtDecision.LynnandNeilreceivedastandingovationandagiftfor30yearsofservicetoGLIFWCmembertribes.CORFisherieswildlifelawenforcementandOjibwemowinoutreachareallrep-resentedinthisgrouprecognizedforyearsemployedattheCommission.FromleftBillMattes20WesleyBallinger5MicahCain5JimStone10andRogerMcGeshick15.MissingfromthephotoAnnMcCammonSoltis20andEstebanChiriboga15.PhotobyCharlieOttoRasmussenLynnandNeilepitomizededicationandcommitmenttoqualityworksaidZorn.TheyareexemplaryprofessionalsandrespectedcolleagueswhoserveGLIFWCanditsmembertribeswell.Iamhonoredtobeoneoftheirco-workers.LynnisassistantdirectorofPublicInformationresponsiblefordevelopmentanddisseminationoftreatyinformationandbudgetmanagement.Neilafisher-iesbiologistisDirectorofBiologicalServiceswhichincludesInlandFisheriesGreatLakesFisheriesWildlifeandEnvironmentalsections.ZornannouncedawardstoallGLIFWCstaffcelebratinganniversariesbasedonfive-yearincrements.CORContinuedfrompage18InthequesttofindhealingafterthelossofhistwosonsDarrylandDannyhecontinuedintheMiteiwinandotherAnishinaabeceremoniesandembracedtheLakotaSundancebecomingapowerfulteacherandmentortomanyinthesetradi-tions.AspartofhislifejourneyTobasonakwutibanstroveformeaningfulactionandcarriedouttraditionalAnishinaabeceremoniesinthenameofreconciliationwithemphasisontheresidentialschoolexperience.ThisincludedgivingPopeBenedictXVIaneaglefeatherin2009adoptingtheArchbishopofWinnipegJamesWeisgerberashisbrotherin2012andsharingtheAnishinaabeworldviewwithallpeoplesNativeandnon-Native.Tobasonakwutibanwasaprofoundthinker.HeconnectedwesternintellectualtraditionsandscientificinquirywithAnishaabephilosophyandcosmology.ItwashislifesworktosharethedepthandbeautyofAnishinaabewisdomwiththeworld.HewasafoundingmemberoftheNa-tiveAmericanScienceAcademy.Hewasabelovedsonbrotherhusbandfathergrandfatherandgreat-grandfather.HejoinshismotherfathersonsDarrylandDannytwinBineshiiandbrothersEdwinandJohn.HeissurvivedbyhiswifeKathibrotherFredsisterNancychildrenPatHermanDianeWabanakwutShawonKiwetinashiikJesseNenaaikiizhikokgrandchildrenDevonDerekMelissaJenniferDanielWendyJasonMatthewLisaPeshanakwutMikeDominikOshkiianangBezhigomiigwaanandnumerousgreat-grandchildrenandadoptedrelatives.AspublishedintheWinnipegFreePressonDecember272012TobasonakwutKinew