Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24• RETIREMENTS/CULTURAL DAYS • Anishinaabe Cultural Days on Madeline Island OnSeptember24-25,MadelineIslandHistoricalMuseumhostedAnishinaabe Cultural Days, a two-day educational gathering to honor and celebrate sacred Anishinaabe traditions. The event included demonstrators in finger weaving, beading, cattail mat weaving, wild rice processing, traditional lacrosse stick making, drumming, and fancy shawl dance. Visitors were also able to visit with representatives from GLIFWC to learn about Anishinaabe perspectives on water, climate change in the Ceded Territory, traditional ecological knowledge, and treaty rights. —Paula Maday Lac Courte Oreilles elder Dennis White shows off some of his finger weaving creations. (Paula Maday photo) Birch bark baskets of all colors, shapes, and sizes were available for purchase at the event. (Paula Maday photo) Soulier takes stock of nearly four decade career After 38 years and a handful of positions with the Bad River Band of Ojibwe, Ervin Soulier has retired. Soulier is best known for leadingthetribe’snaturalresources department (NRD) and as a tribal judge. “Ratherthantaketheeventual fall, I figured I better go out while I’m on top,” quipped Soulier, also known for his wry humor. After being roasted by friend and colleague, Judge Alton “Sonny” Smart, Soulier addressed a large gathering at the Bad River Con- ference Center November 4. Soulier recognized his well- respected, award winning natural resources program numbering 24 full time staff and another dozen seasonal workers. He recalled starting with a budget of $100,000 for himself and three others in 1985, and ultimately managed an annual account of $2.5 million. In 1978, Soulier got his start working part time at the Bad River fish hatchery. Aside from a stint as night watchman, he remained committed to the environment serving as a conservation warden, natural resources technician, and forestry aid before becoming the founding director of NRD for the next 31 years. For 30 of those years, Soulier also served concurrently as tribal judge. At the request of Bad River officials, Soulier continues to represent the tribe on GLIFWC’s Lakes Committee, which primarily deals with policy and manage- ment of Lake Superior. —CO Rasmussen Treaty natural resources come first for Stone In late March 1988 Wisconsin treaty tribes were weeks away from their fourth off-reservation spearing season. The ugly anti-Indian protest movement had gained membership and momentum, with plans to turn out by the hundreds at boat landings to hurl both rocks and racial epithets at tribal members. GLIFWC officers and policefromparticipatingagencieswere charged with holding back the mob and maintaining public safety. It was in this environment that Vern Stone joined the GLIFWC Enforcement Division as an officer. From the violence and drama of those first few years, Stone went on to become a no-nonsense conservation warden and acclaimed hunter safety instructor recognized by the State of Wisconsin for his work with young people. As former tribal chairman of the Bad River Band of Ojibwe, Stone had the skills to navigate through any number of situationsandbuildrelationshipswithtribal,stateandfederalcolleagues.Recently, StoneexpandedGLIFWC’scommunitypolicingworktoincludeMeals-on-Wheels food deliveries to local elders, taking time to sit and talk. “Vern provided leadership for younger wardens and shared his style of com- mon sense law enforcement with everyone,” said Chief GLIFWC Warden Fred Maulson. StoneretiredinOctober,completinga28-plusyearcareerinservicetonatural resources, and the hunting and fishing rules established by tribes in the Ceded Territory. He often reminded the tribal public that off-reservation rights are sacred and members of Ojibwe treaty tribes have a responsibility to harvest in a good way. Stone is already well on his way to achieving one of his goals in retirement: catching walleyes on the waters of his home reservation, Bad River, in far northern Wisconsin. Maulson said he’s pleased that Stone can now get out and enjoy the resources he’s worked to protect all these years. —CO Rasmussen Find us on Facebook! MAZINA’IGAN PAGE 18 WINTER 2016-17