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ENFORCEMENT Outdoor skills Ojibwe culture merge at Ishpaagoonikaa 2015 GLIFWC enforcement youth activitieseducation All classes are tentative and subject to change. For updated information on these events and others please be sure to check our website at www. glifwc.org visit us on Facebook or call your nearest GLIFWC warden. Clip Save Class Month Place Contact ATV June Bad River Vern Stone 715.292.8862 ATV Snowmobile June Red Cliff Mike Soulier 715.209.0093 Jim Stone 715.292.3234 Boater June Red Cliff Mike Soulier 715.209.0093 Jim Stone 715.292.3234 Boater July Bad River Vern Stone 715.292.8862 Onji-Akiing July Camp Nesbit Heather Naigus 906-458-3778 Hunter Safety September St. Croix Brad Kacizak 715.562.0030 Hunter Safety October Bad River Vern Stone 715.292.8862 Red Cliff Wis.A trio of fish rarely getsthiskindofattention.Rainbowtroutcoho salmon and common carp alike ascended 50 feet from the depths of Buffalo Bay and into the eager arms of tribal youth assembled around a hole drilled in the ice. Ranging from elementary students to high schoolers 30 kids carefully examined each species many taking a moment to cradle the glossy fish against increasingly slimy winter jackets. Its awesome to see the smiles on the kids faces beamed Nathan Gordon a volunteer chaperone from Red Cliff. The fish made their appearance at Ishpaagooni- kaa Deep Snow Camp in a demonstration gillnetsetundertheGichigamiicebyMarvin DeFoe. One of GLIFWCs signature youth outreach events Ishpaagoonikaa is held at Ojibwe reservations on a rotational basis. GLIFWC officers collaborate with native communities to share cold-weather outdoor skillsAnishinaabe culture and celebrate the unique outdoors of biboon winter. At Red CliffMarch14-15GLIFWCwardensteamed withtriballawenforcementofficersRedCliff Family and Human Services youth center staff and a handful of community members. This level of community involvement has such a positive impact on the kids said Ishpaagoonikaa Director and GLIFWC Outreach Officer Heather Naigus. We stress respecting natural resources and respecting Ojibwe ancestors by continuing to use the treaty rights they reserved for tribes today. On Gichigami hard water Great Lakes natives figured out how to catch fish through the ice long ago and it starts with making an offering. Before you go out on the ice youre going to put down some tobacco for the lake DeFoe a Red Cliff elder and experienced fisherman told campers standing in a circle on the edge of the ice. Thats what we do as Anishinaabe. Between the Wisconsin mainland and heavily wooded Basswood Island a frosted emerald green ice sheet supported activity stations featuring fishing tech- niques kite flying and one uncommon stopover which DeFoe slyly described as an old time Red Cliff golf course. Kids divided into clans with titles like Hunters and Gatherers fanning out to experiment with anglingeven working hand-carved decoys in a spearing wiigiwam. The gillnet pull briefly discombobu- lated the groupings when cries of fish carried across the bay drawing virtually every camper to witness the catch emerge from a hole cut into the ice. Under a full sun that brought out a colorful iridescence in each fish tribal youth circulated the catch in chain-gang style allowing everyone time for wide-eyed inspection. Soon enough the roar of GLIFWCs nearby airboat piloted by Officer Jim Stone reminded Ishpaagoonikaa participants there was much more to see and do. Remy Cadotte with a nice coho salmon caught in a gillnet in Lake Superiors Buffalo Bay. photo by Charlie Otto Rasmussen Ishpaagoonika campers pull a line attached to a 100-foot gillnet set offshore from the Red Cliff Reservation as Marvin DeFoe moves in with a net hook. COR By Charlie Otto Rasmussen Staff Writer Anytime you get GLIFWC wardens and tribal police flying kites with kids its a good thing Naigus said. We want to have these positive interactions at a young age. Naigus said the leadership shown by tribal youth who have participated in past GLIFWC camps was impressive. One veteran 12-year-old Talon DeFoe did a nice job working with younger kids in the spearing akwawewigamig house for spearing Naigus said. Following a sleepover at the Red Cliff youth center campers took in more outdoor skills sporting hand-braided survival bracelets constructed with heavy- duty paracord. During a cultural lesson Nathan Gordon shared a deweigan song passing his hand drum around the room allowing everyone to try out a few beats. Ishpaagoonikaa is all hands-on activity very engaging for the kids Naigus said. The Red Cliff Tribe wrapped up the memorable weekend with a generous giveaway distributing outdoor gear to all the kids. Naigus said shes exploring locations for next years winter camp. For more information about GLIFWC camp programs contact Officer Naigus at 906.458.3778 or hnaigusglifwc.org. Enforcement round-upFor GLIFWC wardens the spring spearing and netting season is intense work as they are required to monitor all open landings throughout the ceded territory night after night for the duration of this highly regulated season. Prior to ice-out and the subsequent consecutive nights on duty GLIFWC wardens were involved in a number of activities including two training sessions one on winter survival techniques which tested their stamina in the extreme cold and another on the use of Taser guns. They also put on two trapping workshops one at Lac Courte Oreilles and the other at SokaogonMole Lake which were well attended. Over winter GLIFWC wardens participated in a joint patrol with Bad River wardens using GLIFWCs airboat to monitor commercial fishing on Lake Supe- rior. The airboat was also called into action to retrieve a body from Perch Lake Bayfield County following an unfortunate drowning. While at Lac du Flambeaus Winter Expo airboat demonstrations were a big attraction. Wardens also assisted when the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore opened the ice caves to the public and for the second year running drew thousands of visi- tors to the caves. GLIFWC wardens manned GLIFWCs mobile command unit for over two weeks and had ATVs and snowmobiles ready in case they were needed. See page 19 for information about GLIFWCs upcoming natural resource cultural summer camp. Sue Erickson MAZINAIGAN PAGE 14 SUMMER 2015