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• YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCILS • Youth leadership councils on the rise in Ceded Territory This past fall, a group of youth from Standing Rock, North Dakota ran all the way from their reservation to Washington, D.C. to protest construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through their sacred tribal land. Through the power of social media, their journey became very public very quickly, inspiring and drawing attention to Native American youth leadership all around the nation. Here at home in the Ojibwe Ceded Territory, tribal youth leadership efforts have been in development for some time now. Karen Washington, St. Croix tribal education and youth director said, “There’s a teaching about the seventh genera- tion. And there’s a lot of people that believe they will be part of that change.” St. Croix students attending Cumberland High School want to be a part of that change. For them, 2016 marks the first year for the Bimaadiziwin Club, the school’s first ever Native American Club. Cheyenne Hindsley, Native American coordinator and Bimaadiziwin Club advisor, says the club is modeled after modern tribal councils, and aims to promote the wellbeing of Cumberland district Native Americanstudentsthroughspiritual,mindful,andsocialaspects.“Itwassomething that I wished for when I was here,” she said. “We always had a room, a place to call our own, but we needed a program to help our kids learn the language, learn the culture. It will encourage kids to be here every day and to feel good about being here.” The club name was derived from the idea of Mino Bimaadiziwin (living the good life) and chosen after an elder came to visit with the group to share the seven grandfather teachings. The mission and the goals of the club revolve around this idea, and include: advocating for cultural awareness, boosting the understanding of pride, respect, and diversity in the schools and community, and inspiring all club members to realize their potential as respectable, responsible, caring people. Theclub’smajoractivitiesfortheyearincludecollectingdonationsforStanding Rock and mentoring NativeAmerican students at Cumberland Elementary School. They are currently fundraising to support special events during Native American month in November and Native American week in the spring. With recognition from the school as an official club, the Bimaadiziwin Club gains sovereignty over spending any money that they earn, something they couldn’t do a year ago. To be an officer in the club, Hindsley has implemented guidelines. Students must have passing grades (C or higher) in all classes, maintain good attendance, and have demonstrated leadership skills. Similar to tribal elections, nominations are made, campaigning occurs, and then voting takes place. “Alongside being a student here at Cumberland, these students are taking initiative in being a proud kid from the rez,” she said. “My goal and my hope for the students here is to have the culture incorporated into their education.” The Red Cliff Band started its Youth Council in 2015. Accord- ing to advisor Misty Nordin, the council has so far been focused on learning and research. “They’re learning how other youth councils work, learning about issues that affect our tribe, such as treaty rights, and finding out how they can best serve their community,” she said. Participation in Red Cliff’s Youth Council ranges from 5-12 people per meeting. Nordin says they don’t have officers and “oper- ate more like a traditional council, wherein people with certain skills lead activities requiring those skills. Everyone has a chance to be a leader.” The council also chooses to use a talking stick within their meetings instead of following Robert’s Rules of Order, a popular guide for conducting meetings and making decisions as a group. “It just works better for us,” Nordin said. While they’re still developing, investing the time to truly under- stand their role within the tribe, the Red Cliff Youth Council takes actionwhentheyfeelit’snecessary.Earlierthisyear,thegroupsprang into action when the Bad River reservation suffered severe flooding. Together,theycollectedanddeliveredmuch-neededdonationstotheir neighboring tribal community in distress. “They felt very strongly that they wanted to do that,” Nordin said. “So they did it.” Youth leadership efforts around the Ceded Territory come in many different shapes and sizes. These are just two examples of what is happening out there, and there are more.As work continues—both on the reservation and off—native youth are developing their voices, and looking to use those voices to make a difference. Bernice Taylor, a 16-year old St. Croix tribal member perhaps said it best, when she said to me simply, “I want our voices to be heard.” By Paula Maday, Staff Writer Bimaadiziwin Club members are excited and ready to make a difference during their inaugural year as an official school club at Cumberland High. (Photo courtesy of Cheyenne Hindsley) Additionally, Michigan’s Sault Tribe and the Grand Traverse Band recently joined a lawsuit against the federal agency in charge of pipeline safety, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials SafetyAgency (PHMSA), alleging that authorizing the transportation of oil through Line 5 was illegal. Thelawsuit,broughtbytheNationalWildlifeFederation,claims thatPHMSAfailedtoadequatelyassessimpactstothenaturalresources whenitapprovedEnbridge’s2013emergencyspillresponseplan.The tribalpartiesadditionallyclaimthatPHMSAhasatrustresponsibility to protect the resources reserved by the tribes in the Treaty of 1836, along with a responsibility to carry out government-to-government consultations with the tribes prior to issuing decisions. The court has not yet ruled on the merits of the suit at Mazina’igan press time. GLIFWC staff continues the technical review of EIS documents for the proposed pipelines in cooperation with the natural resource departments of Commission member tribes. GLIFWC specialists are also following the developments in the courts, and within state and federalagencies,ondecisionsregardingthepermittingofinfrastructure projects that pose threats to off-reservation resources. Four seasons on the Brunsweiller Staff with GLIFWC’s Climate Change Program have been studying the phenology of treaty harvested resources near the Brunsweiler River and Mineral Lake Research Natural Area (RNA), within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. The US Forest Service’s RNA system was designed to support and maintain areas with high quality examples of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, habitats, and populations of plant or animal species, and is managed in a way that allows natural processes to predominate, with- out human intervention. The RNA system has been useful for the establishment of research projects such as GLIFWC’s phenology study. One of the stops along the GLIFWC phenology study route is a bridge that crosses over the Brunsweiler River. Throughout the 2016 field season, Climate Scientist Hannah Panci routinely took photos at this location to record the seasonal changes along the river. Making frequent,regularobservationscanhelpusbetterunderstandthetimingofseasonalandbiological changes and can give us a better idea of how climate change could impact or will continue to impact resources of concern. —T Bartnick and H Panci Pipelines (continued from page 20) PAGE 23 MAZINA’IGAN WINTER 2016-17