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GLIFWCNEWSPhilomenaKebecone-timeGLIFWCinterntakesuppostaspolicyanalystIIPhilomenaPhoebeKebecBadRivertribalmembersteppedintothepositionofpolicyanalystIIwithGLIFWCinAugusttakingonthesometimesdauntinglegalresponsibilitiesofprotectingandimplementingthetreatyrightsofGLIFWCselevenmembertribes.Thepositionandworkflowsrathernaturallyfromherhistoryofinvolvementintherightsofindigenouspeople.RaisedinMinneapolisKebecgraduatedfromSouthHighSchoolsAllNationsProgramin1996havingbeenexposedtoOjibwemowinandnativestudiesthroughtheIndianmagnetprogramthere.SheenrolledattheUniversityofMinnesotaUofMwhereshecontinuedstudyingthelanguageunderDen-nisJonesandproceededtoobtainabachelorofartsdegreeinNativeAmericanStudiesin2002.WhileattendingtheUniversityshealsoservedasaninternwithGLIFWCsDivisionofIntergovernmentalAffairs.TakingtimeofffromherstudiessheworkedforafewyearsinavarietyofcapacitiesincludingslingingbooksatBirchBarkBookstutoringnativestudentswiththeSt.PaulIndianEducationProgramandwritingarticlesforTheCircleandtheNewsfromtheSloughs.ShewasalsoemployedinanattorneysofficeforseveralyearspriortoenteringlawschoolatheralmamatertheUofMwhereshereceivedherjurisdoctoratein2008.InthefollowingyearssheclerkedforaMinnesotaStateCourtjudgeandthenmovedeasttotheIndianLawResourceCenterWashingtonDCworkinglargelyonpolicywithafocusonhumanrightslaw.Inparticularshemonitoredinternationalprogramsastheyrelatedtoclimatechangeandtherightsofindigenouspeople.Butin2011herconcernoverissuesbeingfacedbyherowntribalcommunitybroughthertoBadRiverfeelingthatasahumanrightsattorneyshewasneededathomeasthetribeconfrontedissuesrelatedtotheproposedG-TACmine.ShewasattractedtothepositionofpolicyanalystIIwithGLIFWCforseveralreasons.Foronesheenjoysworkingonpolicy.ShealsofeltmotivatedtohelpGLIFWCcontinuethegoodworkandpositivechangethatshesawoverthepastyears.IwasamazedhowthetribesandGLIFWCevolvedsoquicklyoutoftheprotestandstruggleatspearfishinglandingsinthemid-1980sandtoseeallthatpositivegrowth.Shewantstoseethatcontinueandbepartofit.WhileworkconsumesasignificantportionofKebecstimeshealsoenjoystimewithherseven-year-olddaughterBeatrizwhoseIndiannameisNenasobi-naisiiktrinityofthunderbirds.Sheandherdaughterdancejingledressandspendalotoftimeontheroadvisitingfriendsfarandwide.BySueEricksonStaffWriterGLIFWCsBoardofCommissionersBoardmetattheBlackBearCasinoResortlastJuly.TheBoardiscomposedofthetribalchairmanortheirdesigneefromeachofGLIFWCselevenmembertribes.TheBoardtakesrecommendationsfromGLIFWCstwostandingcommitteestheVoigtIntertribalTaskForceandtheGreatLakesIndianFisheriesLakesCommitteesetspolicyandprovidesdirectionforGLIFWCstaff.StandingfromtheleftWilliamGeneEmeryKeweenawBayJasonKekekStarkLacCourteOreillesSusanKlapelMilleLacsChairmanMicIshamBoardChairmanLacCourteOreillesChairpersonKarenDiverFondduLacBradleyKalkBoardSecretaryMilleLacsChairmanMikeWigginsBadRiverReginaldDefoeFondduLacChairmanChrisMcGeshickBoardVice-chairmanSokaogonMoleLakeCarmenButlerSt.CroixBrianBainbridgeRedCliffChairmanJimWilliamsLacVieuxDesert.SittingAnthonyLeBlancBayMillsFerdinandMartineauFondduLacChairmanTomMaulsonLacduFlambeauChairmanLewisTaylorSt.Croix.SEGLIFWCsBoardprovidesdirectionPAGE19MAZINAIGANWINTER2014-2015MadisonWis.Forthosethathaveneverbeentothispar-ticularGLIFWCofficelocatedinthebasementofUW-MadisonsSteenbecklibraryitmayseemsmallanddesolatehoweverthesamecheeryandfriendlyGLIFWCatmosphereisfeltuponenteringthepremises.ImmediatelyIwaswelcomedwithafriendlysmileandhandshakebyagentlemannamedScottCardiff.ScottisaPhDcandidateandresearchassistantwithGLIFWCsEnvironmentalSection.Cardiffsresearchprimarilyfocusesonmappingsurfacewaterrelativetominingactivity.Cur-rentlyheworksoninterpretingcumulativeeffectsofminingonsurfacewaterbycompilingdataandnumbercrunchinginconjunc-tionwithmapping.ThesethingsneedtobedocumentedsothatupcomingprojectproposalsareunderstoodincontextCardoffsays.TheMadisoncrewworkshardtoeducateboththepublicandstudentpopulationsandconductsresearchrelatedtotheenvironment.Mostrecentlyminingandwaterqualityhavebeenhugeissues.StaffutilizesadvancedsoftwaresuchasArchGIStoaideinthemappinganddepictionofvariousphenomena.WhileCardoffisprettysteadilycrunchingnumbersintheofficeotherstaffhavebeenoutandaboutcollectingdataatvariouslocationsofconcern.EstebanChiribogaGISspecialistandJohnColemanEnvironmentalSectionleaderhavebeenreviewingthePolymetEISinMinnesotaworkingonvariousissuesrelatedtotheproposedGTACmineinthePenokeeHillsinWisconsinaswellasissuesrelatedtotheEaglemineinMichigan.ChiribogareportsWehavebeentryingtoassessthedamagefromsedimentationattheroadconstruc-tionsitebytheEaglemineinMichiganSeearticleinMazinaigansfalledition.WehavealsobeenworkingwithBillMattesGLIFWCsGreatLakesFisheriesSectionleaderonthereviewofstampsandremovalandstabilizationprojectontheKeweenawpeninsula.Chiribogaindicatesthatupcomingprojectswillincludemoreminingtaskslocatedinallthreestatesandotherpotentialpipelineissuesclimatechangeissuesandothermiscellaneousmappingtasks.Itshardtokeepupsomedayshesays.AfteralongdayofnumbercrunchingandcomputerworkCardoffhasonelastmessageforfolksComeandvisit.Itgetslonelydownhere.WiththatsaidwedliketoextendaproperwelcometoourGLIFWCPhDresearchassistantandabigchi-miigwechtotheentirecrewdowninMadisonforalloftheirhardwork.WhatsthenewsinMadtownUpdateonGLIFWCssatelliteofceByDylanJenningsGLIFWCPIOLTESteveCardoffPhDcandidateandGLIFWCresearchassistantwiththeEnvironmentalSectionlocatedontheUW-Madisoncampus.photobyDylanJennings