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PAGE17MAZINAIGANSPRINGSUMMER2014TRIBALPROGRAMSLCOstudentsseekgiigoonyagthroughtheiceLacCourteOreillesWis.ThecoldweathersubsidedlongenoughforthestudentsofLacCourteOreillesLCOK-12schoolstotacklethefro-zenwatersofGrindstoneLakeSawyerCounty.OnFebruary18thmiddleschoolandhighschoolstudentstooktotheiceandtriedtheirhandatharvestinggiigoonyagfish.TheFebruaryfishingeventisanongoingcurriculumatLCOSchoolsthatblendsamainstreamcurriculumtoaculturallyrelevantevent.ThefirststepintheprocessistohavestudentsandteachersjustobservetheeventstatesJasonBisonettewhoworksasacurriculumdeveloperfortheschool.HecontinuesManyofourstudentsandteachershaveneversatinadarkshackandseenhowadecoyworksinthewater.Creatingacurriculumthatrevolvesaroundwinterspearingtakesinputfromallofthestakeholdersattheschool.Discussionswiththescienceteachersrangedfromhydrologyandwaterqual-itytomolecularbondsthatarerequiredtoformice.OfferingasemaatobaccobeforesteppingontheiceonFebruary19th3rdthrough5thgraderswereabletodontheiraagimagsnowshoesjigwithpolesaswellassitinthedarkshackwithaseasonedwinterspearerGeorgeMorrowJr.ManyofouryoungerstudentshavenevericefishedbeforeBisonetteaddedwhenaskedoftheimportanceofaschool-widefieldtrip.Ourchallengeistobuildacurriculumthatisrelevanttothefederalmandatesbutmoreimportantlyisbuildingacur-riculumthatteachesyoungpeoplehowtobeOjibwe.Bisonettelaterexplainsthatmanystudentsattheschooldonothaveaccesstothenecessarygearequipmentandknowledgethatiscriticaltomanytraditionaloutdooractivities.ThedayconcludedwithGLIFWCWardenLaurenTuoriprovidingaquicklessonabouticesafety.Wearinghercoldwatersafetygearshejumpedintothefrigidwaterthroughaholethatwascut.Sheexplainedtothestudentsthattheyshouldnevertravelontheicewithoutanadultandtoalwaysbeverycautiouswhenontheice.GrantlaunchedtogetNativeyouthintoscienceeldsReadyforblast-offwithNASAatFondduLacBySueEricksonStaffWriterFondduLacReservationMinn.Workhasalreadybegunonlaunchinganexcitingthree-yeargrantawardedtotheFondduLacTribalandCommunityCollegeFDLTCCfromtheNationalAeronauticsandSpaceAdministrationNASA.ThegrantfocusesonclimatechangeimpactsandimprovingtheSTEMskillsofNativeyouthwhileencouragingthemtoenterSTEMrelatedcareers.STEMreferstosciencetechnol-ogyengineeringandmathandtheseareareaswhicharesignificantlylackinginNativestudentswhilealsobeingcareersneededbythetribalcommunities.WeproposetoincreaseknowledgeofclimatechangeimpactsonOjibwelifewaysandencouragestudentsfrommiddleschooltocollegetoenterSTEMfieldsbuildingonpastsuccessesincor-poratingNASAresearchandopportu-nitiesandcreatingnewpartnershipsstatesCourtneyKowalczakprincipleinvestigatorforthegrantandFDLTCCEnvironmentalInstitutedirector.ThegrantwilluseFondduLacsFdLexistinggidakiimanaaniwigamiggidaacampsthathavebeenongoingatFondduLacandfeaturemonthly3-daycampsforyouthaswellasaweeklongcampduringthesummer.ItalsointendstouseandbuildupontheG-WOWmodelthatexplorestheimpactofclimatechangeontribesusingbothmodernscienceandtraditionalecologi-calknowledgeTEK.PartneringwiththeNASANorthStarAISESGLIFWCFdLResourceManagementCedarCreekLongTermEcologicalResearchCenterLTERandGikinoowizhiweOnjiWaabanGuidingforTomorroworG-WOWthegrantwillpursueimmersingstudentsinSTEMactivitiesthroughresearchsciencefairprojectsandinvolvementassummerinternsinSTEMcareers.Studentswilldeveloptheirprojectsandalsobenefitfromcontactwithresearch-ersasmentorsandrolemodelseitheratthecampsorinthefield.InthecourseofthethreeyearsthegranttargetsNativestudentsandeduca-torsacrossthecededterritories.Studentsfromgrades5-12andundergraduateswillparticipateinresearchaddressingtheeffectofclimatechangeoncededterritorynaturalresourcesaddingtheirfindingstotheG-WOWonlinedata-base.KowalczaknotesthatitiscriticaltogearlearningstrategiestotheneedsofNativeAmericanstudents.Shesaysresearchindicatesthesupportoffamilyandmentorstheconnectionwithnatureandseeingthevalueofanecologicalcareerwerekeyfactsintheacademicpursuitofthestudentswhoweremoti-vatedtopursueecologicalfields.Inthethirdyearthegrantalsoincludesaone-weekprofessionaldevel-opmentinstituteforteachersfromNativecommunitiesintheUpperMidwestregion.Theinstitutewillstrengthenteachersclimatesciencecontentknowl-edgeaswellashelpthembuildtheircapacitytoengageNativestudentsandtheircommunitiesinclimatescienceeducation.TheworkshopswillutilizeglobalnationalandregionalclimacticdataprovidedbyNASA.Thisisahugeandextremelyexcit-ingprojectsaysKowalczak.TohaveNASAresearchavailableforourkidstoworkwiththesescientistsaswellastheresearcherswithintribalagenciestobeabletooutreachthroughoutthecededterritoriesandultimatelytobringbackmoreunderstandingofclimatechangethisisaphenomenalopportunityWearereadytolaunchEnjoyingadayontheiceLacCourteOreillesyouthgetacquaintedwiththeskilloficeshing.FromtheleftareNateQuaderer4thgradeIsaiahTainter4thgradeSageStands-Christianson5thgradeandSabrinaHudson5thgrade.PhotobyLindaTennisStudentsfromFondduLacsgidakiimanaaniwigamigprojectstudycoresamplestakenfromwildricelakesintheregion.Photoreprintedfromhttpgidakiimanaaniwigamig.isd2142.netAttentionteachersWanttoaddressCLIMATECHANG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