PAGE 3 MAZINA’IGAN SUMMER 2017 Natural Resource Cultural Summer Camp July 17-21, 2017 Lake Nesbit Environmental Center Sidnaw, Michigan GLIFWC is excited to announce our 2017 cultural summer camp program: Onji-Akiing (From the Earth) for grades 5-8! A collaborative effort between GLIFWC and the USFS, Onji-Akiing is a cultural outdoor adventure-based camp that focuses on natural resource career exploration and treaty rights. This camp is held at beautiful Camp Nesbit, nestled in the heart of the Ottawa National Forest in Sidnaw, Michigan, also home to the calling loons of Lake Nesbit. Leadershipandservicelearningactivitiesareimportantaspectsofthisprogram. Activities also focus on group cooperation and communication, problem solving, self-confidence, leadership, physical exercise, spiritual growth, social skills, as well as respect and responsibility to self and community. Hands-on experiential activities include a group obstacle course, high ropes course, birch bark basket making, smokehouse construction, fishing, archery, swimming, Canoomin safety, animal and plant wisdom, cultural exploration, and cooperative games. Centered on the Medicine Wheel, this camp explores Native American tradi- tional ways and traditional ecological knowledge, but also learning in the areas of forestry, biology, fisheries and botany. Youth will work with staff from GLIFWC and the USFS. This camp is free of cost. Deadline for accepting applications is June 12, 2017 and fills up fast so early applications are welcomed. Onji-Akiing Registration Form ParticipantName________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________ City ______________________ State __________ Zip _________________ Email __________________________________ Phone #( )___________ Grade ______________ Age __________ Tribe Affiliation ___________________________(if none, leave blank) Please attach another sheet of paper with a short essay (at least 100 words) on why you want to attend Camp Onji-Akiing. Please include any special achievements, and how this camp might help you in school, your community, and with any life goals. Please attach one letter of recommendation from an adult, not related to you, about why they think you should attend the camp and how you will benefit from it. Students are accepted on the basis of their essays, recommendations, and space availability. In the event you are accepted, you will be expected to sign a statement saying that you will participate fully in all activities. Parents/ guardians will have to complete and sign health forms and permissions for all camp activities. For questions or concerns, please contact: Heather Bliss Fred Maulson 906-458-3778 715-682-6619 ext. 113 Mail application, essay and letter of recommendation to: GLIFWC,Attn: Camp Registrations, PO Box 9, Odanah, WI 54861 or Heather Bliss at 253 Silver Creek Road, Marquette, MI 49855. You can also email application to or fax application to 715-682-4221. Deadline for accepting applications is June 12, 2017 Onji-Akiing (From the Earth) Campers learn wild ricing safety techniques at Onji-Akiing (From the Earth) summer cultural camp, where youth focus on traditional ecological knowledge deepening their relations with Mother Earth. (Photo by Heather Bliss) Ceded Territory news briefs • NEWS BRIEFS/CAMPING/ONJI-AKIING • Over the last couple of years the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) recreation program has been facing significant challenges related to increased operational costs and a decrease in the amount of funding available to cover those costs. This led to closures and reduced services at various recreational locations including campgrounds, day-use sites, and trails. According to the CNNF: “Once again, the Forest will be focusing its efforts on the recreation areas open to the public in 2017. As a continuation from the last two years, a small portion of the Forest’s recreation areas will have reduced service and/or be closed again this season. Many of these areas are a carryover from the last two years with a few minor adjustments passed on the feedback we received. These changes are once again necessary given our current recreation budget.” Upon review of the campground listings, the only significant change campers can expect from last year is the closure of the Birch Grove Campground on the Washburn Ranger District. This campground is closed due to the storm damage that was sustained in 2016. All updates and closures can be found at: or Be sure to visit your registration clerk to receive your camping permit and directionsonhowtosubmitthefeeenvelopeatthecampgrounds. —AlexWrobel Birch Grove Campground closure on Chequamegon- Nicolet NF Moose survey incomplete after snow melt Marquette,Mich.—Mildwinterweatherwithlimitedsnowfallprevented theMichiganDepartmentofNaturalResources(DNR)fromcompletingamoose populationsanalysisintheUpperPeninsula. AdramaticthawinJanuarymelted much of the snow cover that researchers rely on to spot moose from the air. Usingthreeairplanesthatflyoverasprawlinggridofstudyplots,theDNR conducts moose population surveys every odd-numbered year. Following the January 2015 assessment, biologists estimated moose numbers at 323 animals, a 28% drop from 2013. Despite the abbreviated survey this past winter, the DNR announced it would issue an abundance estimate sometime this summer for the core portion of moose range where survey flights occurred. The vast majority of mainland moose occupy a 1,400-square mile area on the eastern edge of the 1842 Treaty Ceded Territory. —CO Rasmussen Language conference draws students, speakers from across Ojibwe Country The 23rd annual Anishinaabemowin-teg conference took place March 30 through April 2 in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan The theme of the conference this year was “Aabziitoodaa gdi-nweninaa nje-shkiniijig,” or reviving our language for our youth. The conference consisted of a series of workshops relating to different aspects of language preservation and revitalization. The workshops are put on by language enthusiasts of various fluency levels. Afew of the workshop titles this year were: Decolonizing OurWorldview and Philosophy, Ojibwe Language Play Group for Families, Decolonizing Madeline Island, and Strategies for K-6 programs. The conference is always a great place for language teachers and learners to gather and speak the language, network, and pass ideas for language re- vitalization back and forth. There was a good turn out this year with people from across Canada and the United States meeting up and conversing with multiple dialects of Anishnaabemowin. For more information see http:// or —Levi Tadgerson Critical Issues for Michigan Natives Marquette,Mich.—DrumsongsandgoodwordsledoffMichiganIndian Education Council’s (MIEC) Native American Critical Issues Conference March 24 at Northern Michigan University. During opening remarks, Chris Swartz, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Chairman, encouraged attendees to stand up for natural resources across the region. “Clean air, clean water, are both really important to us at Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and to everyone around the Great Lakes,” Swartz said. The MIEC advocates for improvements in Native American education across the state. The conference draws a broad range of participants includ- ing students, teachers, policy makers, and Title VI Indian education program administrators. For more see —CO Rasmussen