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MOUMANOOMINCOMMITTEETribesForestServicereviewMOUimplementationLacduFlambeauWis.VoigtIntertribalTaskForceVITFrepresenta-tivesmetwithUSForestServiceUSFSstaffatLacduFlambeauonOctober1fortheirannualmeetingtodiscussissuesrelatingtotheimplementationofthe1998MemorandumofUnderstandingMOUsignedbyGLIFWCmembertribesandtheUSFS.TheMOUimplementsthegovernment-to-governmentrelation-shipbetweenthetribesandtheUSFSandrecognizesthetreaty-reservedrightsofGLIFWCmembertribestohuntfishandgatheroncededlands.SpecificallytheMOUprovidesavehicletosetstandardsbywhichthetribesandUSFSwillactonUSFSlands.TheannualmeetingsprovideaformattoshareinformationregardingnumerousactivitiesonnationalforestswithinthecededterritoriesincludingintheChequamegon-NicoletinWisconsinandtheOttawaHiawathaandHuron-ManisteeinMichigan.ItisalsoanopportunitytoidentifynewissuesthattheUSFSandtribescanworkonandtodiscusspotentialamendmentstotheMOUifneeded.LawenforcementisoneareawhereGLIFWCandUSFShavepartneredcom-pletingjointsurveyflightsandtrainingtoidentifyhotspotswithintheforestslargelyrelatingtoillegaldrugactivity.AhighlightofthepartnershipisthesuccessofCampOnjiAkiingwhereUSFSstaffandGLIFWCofferaweek-longcampfortribalyouthfocusingonleadershipskillsSTEMlearningandAnishinaabeculturalvalues.Informationisalsosharedontribalfeeexemptcampgroundusageinthenationalforestsaswellastribalharvestofwildplantsandnon-timberforestproductsduringtheyear.Alsodiscussedthisyearwastribalharvestoffirewoodandmethodstomakeacquisitionoffirewoodmoreefficientfortribalmembers.VITFrepresentativesstressedtheneedforfirewoodintheircommunitiesespeciallywiththepriceofpropanesoaringasitdidlastwinter.Updatesoncooperativeprojectssuchasthelong-termAmericanpinemar-tenstudyandtheunderstoryplantprojectweregivenaswellasreportsonforestresourcesandpaperbirchinthecededterritories.TheUSFSconsultsthroughouttheyearwithtribesonagovernment-to-governmentlevelinrelationtoUSFSdecisionswhichcouldpotentiallyimpactnaturalresourcesinForestServicelandsortribalaccesstothoseresources.BySueEricksonStaffWriterTheannualTribalForestServiceMOUmeetingwasco-chairedbyGLIFWCPolicyAnalystAnnMcCammonSoltisandUSFSRegion9TribalLiaisonMaryRasmussen.photobySueEricksonLarryHeadyregionaltribalrelationsspecialistUSFSRegion9centerjoinedtheGLIFWCDrumandsangwithrepresentativesfromtheVoigtIntertribalTaskForcepriortotheTaskForcemeetingonOctober2atLacduFlambeau.photobySueEricksonWhytwowildricecommitteesinWisconsinWhatisthepurposeThesearejustacoupleofquestionsthatarosewhentheWisconsinDepartmentofNaturalResourcesWDNRrecentlycreatedanewWildRiceAdvisoryCommittee.CommitteemembersconsistprimarilyofWDNRstaffandgroupsthestateviewsasstakeholdersinthewildriceworldincludingrepresentativesfromtheWisconsinWetlandsAssociationWisconsinWaterfowlAssociationDucksUnlimitedWisconsinLakesAssociationWisconsinWildlifeFederationtheWisconsinCountyForestAssociationtheConservationCongresstheUSForestServiceandUSDAWildlifeServices.ThelonerepresentativeoftribalinterestsisaGLIFWCrepresentativeapositionthatisrequiredaspartofthestipulationoftheVoigtdecisionwhichupheldtheexistenceofcededterritorytreatyrights.ThepurposeandroleofthenewcommitteeisstillintheprocessofbeingdefinedaprocesswhichGLIFWCisobservingwithkeeninterest.Inageneralwaycommitteesofthisnatureofferawayforvariousinterestgroupstoexpresstheirmanagementdesiresandconcernstothestatewhiletechni-callybeingstrictlyadvisoryinnaturetheyprovidethemembergroupsagreateropportunitytoinfluenceresourcemanagementinthestate.WhatisuniqueintherealmofmanoominwildricemanagementhoweveristhataseparatestatetribalwildricemanagementcommitteehasexistedinWisconsinforovertwodecadesaproductoftheVoigtdecision.WDNRcreatesnewWildRiceAdvisoryCommitteeByGLIFWCstaffGLIFWCconcernedaboutimpactstoexistingStateTribalWildRiceManagementCommitteeAccordingtoGLIFWCWildlifeBiologistPeterDavidGLIFWClooksforwardtoworkingcooperativelywithallthestakeholdersonthenewcommitteeandwewelcomeandappreciatetheircommitmenttomanoomin.Infactwehavealreadyworkedonsomeaspectofricemanagementoreducationwithnearlyallofthesegroupsinthepast.YetDavidholdssomeconcernsabouttheWDNRsintentforthenewcom-mitteeaswellTheVoigtstipulationdefinessomeclearrolesforthepreviouslyexistingstatetribalmanagementcommittee.ForexamplethestipulationindicatesthatthestatetribalcommitteewillhavethetaskofdevelopingguidelinesandobjectivesfortheprotectionandenhancementofriceincludingestablishingabundanceobjectiveswewanttobecertainthatthestateadherestotherequirementsoftheVoigtcaseanddoesnttrytoreassignthoserolestothenewcommitteewherethetribeshavelittlestanding.Theseconcernsdonotseemtobeunfounded.Davidnotedthatthestatetribalcommitteerecentlyspentthreeyearscooperativelydevelopingawildricemanagementplanforthecededterritory.AsthatprocesswasconcludingandthedraftplanwasbeingpreparedforadoptionbythestateandtribesthestateindicatedtheynolongerhadanyinterestinthecooperativeplanbutintendedtotaskthenewlyformedAdvisoryCommitteewithdevelopingaricemanage-mentplanforthestateinstead.ThestategavenoexplanationforitsreversalanddidntevenidentifyanydeficienciesinthecooperativelydevelopedplanDavidsays.Itsdiscouragingwhenpoliticstrumpsconcernforthenaturalresourcesuponwhichwealldependhenoted.Unfortunatelythesekindsofactionsservetoundermineaverypositiveworkingrelationshipthathasexistedbetweenthestateandthetribesinmanoominmanagementforovertwodecades.GLIFWCunderstandstheroleofstakeholdersonthestatesAdvisoryCommitteebutitremainsunclearifthestatesintentforthenewcommitteeistoimprovemanage-mentofwildriceoranattempttounderminethetribesresponsibilitytocareforthisculturalandecologicaltreasure.MAZINAIGANPAGE4WINTER2014-2015