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• WILDLIFE/CLIMATE CHANGE • Mooz hunt a success for Nahgahchiwanong community By Dylan Jennings, Staff Writer For many people, hunting is a sport, a hobby, or a pastime. For others it’s a form of dietary supplement. For many Ojibwe people across Indian Country, it’s a way of life. Earlier this year, the Fond du Lac (Nahgahchiwanong) Band announced their intentions for a moose harvest. The Band’s biologists determined that there would be no biological impacts due to the small percentage of animals to be harvested. “Our data show that the moose population has been stable for the last three years.Bandmemberssuccessfullyharvested25bullmoosethisseason,”saidFond du Lac Band Natural Resources Director Reggie Defoe. Historically,tribalcommunitieshavealwaysharvestedspeciessuchasmoose. After many of the treaties were signed in the 1800s there was an extended period of time when the state of Minnesota imposed their laws and regulations on tribal members looking to feed their families. Band members were prohibited from harvesting the very resources they had subsisted upon for hundreds of years. This “Crossing the Line” GLIFWC premiered the first short video in the Ogichidaa Storyteller series, “Crossing the Line,” at Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Community College October 26. An audience dominated by young tribal members turned out to see how LCO members Fred and Mike Tribble sparked treaty rights litigation for the inland por- tions of the Wisconsin Ceded Territory. Watch “Crossing the Line,” on GLIFWC’s YouTube channel: Lac du Flambeau Band (LdF) representatives were also on hand. The broth- ers recognized Lac du Flambeau’s role in enduring racially-charged boatlanding hostility during spring spearfishing seasons after the courts reaffirmed Ojibwe treaty rights. Photo: Fred Tribble reacts after receiving gifts in honor of his stance to fight for off-reservation rights. To the right, LCO Chairman Mic Isham, Mike Tribble, and LdF Tribal Councilor Frank Mitchell enjoy the moment. Watch the YouTube videoat: OgichidaaStorytellersismovingforwardwithpost-productionontheGurnoe episode following a major award. Chi miigwech toWisconsin Humanities Council for $10,000 in support! —CO Rasmussen Herb Fineday with his bull moose harveted in the 1854 Ceded Territory. (submitted photo) occurred until the early 1990s when the treaties were reaffirmed and many tribes began to develop strong natural resource departments. Fond du Lac Band Representative Ferdinand Martineau recalls the difficult times that tribal members had endured throughout history, compared to today: “Was the decision to hunt this year controversial? Maybe. But it would have been more controversial in our own community if we didn’t hunt and practice our subsistence lifestyle.” Speaking of subsistence Fond du Lac tribal member Herb Fineday encompasses the subsistence ideol- ogy in his everyday life. Fineday serves as a detective for the Band, and is an avid harvester and provider for his people. He was also one of the successful hunters in this year’s moose hunt. “We live from season to season and it’s always been a part of my lifestyle. We only harvest animals that we need,.” Fineday said. He’s been participating in moose hunts since 2002, with some successful hunts and some not. This year Fineday had planned to spend a majority of the season hunting with friends and relatives, however, work and training kept him from fulfilling these plans. Eventu- ally, he found a few days to get into the woods. But this year he travelled alone. Fineday was a little discouraged as fellow hunters told him the rut was over and his chances of harvesting a moose were slim. Aftertwodaysofcampingandtrackingmoosesigns,Finedayfinallyheardthe familiar sound he was hoping to hear. The grunting of a bull moose in the distance gave him the much needed hope to press forward. After some long stretches of trackingthebullonfoot,Finedaymadecontactanddroppedthemagnificentanimal. He recalls that moment vividly: “I introduced myself to the moose in Ojibwe and all he did was listen to me. I talked about my family and who I was. I talked about where I come from and what I was doing. After he (moose) let out his last breath I thanked gichi manidoo (great spirit).” Since Fineday was deep in the woods and by himself, he spent the next seven hours skinning, quartering and trekking the moose out of the woods. By the time he returned home, many of his friends and relatives had already heard the good news of his successful hunt. “Every moose hunt I’ve been a part of, we give a lot of it away. It’s not only going to be enjoyed by my family, but my extended family and relatives. The majority of the harvesters share like this.” For guys like Fineday, talking about these types of hunts can be emotional. At the end of the day, moose give their lives so that families and communities can be strong and healthy. It’s truly a blessing to know that these traditional providers still exist and understand the importance of the Anishinaabe lifeway. Funding opportunity for climate change planning To help tribal managers mitigate climate risk for vulnerable resources, the Bureau of IndianAffairs (BIA) established theTribal Climate Resilience Program. The program funds tribal climate adaptation planning, ocean and coastal manage- ment planning, youth internships, and climate change activities. Recently, the BIA introduced “capacity building” as a funding category in the climate program. The new category is intended to help tribes with limited technical or staffing capacity to identify their climate planning needs.The program recognizes that many tribes would like to tackle climate change but do not have the time or resources to draft a full, competitive proposal. Importantly, tribes can use capacity building funds to hire staff that can help identify what the tribe needs to start the climate change planning process.The tribe thereafter would be in a good position to submit a complete proposal the following year under the BIA’s “Climate Adaptation Planning” category. Capacity building funding is intended to simplify the process for tribes in the early stages of climate change work and only requires a brief description along with a budget and general statement of need. It is generally reserved for tribes who have not previously received funding under this BIAprogram and who aren’t cur- rently ready or able to submit a competitive proposal in the “Climate Adaptation Planning” category. The maximum award amount is $50,000. Although the BIA offered the capacity building funding in 2015, many managers may have been unaware of it because the category was added later in the funding process. Capacity funding can be a great opportunity for tribes who would like to incorporate climate change into their planning process but have been unable to previously due to lack of staffing or technical capacity. By Kim Stone, GLIFWC Climate Change Project Coord. PAGE 5 MAZINA’IGAN WINTER 2016-17