The Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission is commonly known by its acronym, GLIFWC. Formed in 1984, GLIFWC represents eleven Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan who reserved hunting, fishing and gathering rights in the 1837, 1842, and 1854 Treaties with the United States government.

     GLIFWC provides natural resource management expertise, conservation enforcement, legal and policy analysis, and public information services in support of the exercise of treaty rights during well-regulated, off-reservation seasons throughout the treaty ceded territories

     GLIFWC is guided by its Board of Commissioners along with two standing committees, the Voigt Intertribal Task Force and the Great Lakes Fisheries Committee, which advise the Board on policy.

GLIFWC News & Upcoming Events


Current News

2014 Mikwendaagoziwag Memorial Ceremony

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
9:00 a.m.—Morning ceremony at the Savanna Portage State Park boat landing on the east side of Sandy Lake.
After morning ceremony—Canoe across lake to the Sandy Lake Recreation Area; bring your own canoe; we will try to arrange for a few canoes to be available at the lake.
Approximately 11:30 a.m.— Arrival at Mikwendaagoziwag Memorial for a Ceremony and Feast.

For more information and/or directions:


The Ways documentary

A short documentary video on spearfishing was recently released by The Ways, a living history series about Native communities. Produced by Finn Ryan, the video features Jason and Samuel Bisonette from Lac Courte Oreilles and captures the significance of the spring harvest of walleye to the Anishinabeg. To view:


Co-management visionary Billy Frank Jr. left mark in Ojibwe Country
When Henry Buffalo, Jr., a young Red Cliff tribal attorney, embarked on a search for native people successfully managing off-reservation natural resources in the early 1980s, Click for full story


Freshwater Fish Preservation


Updated mercury maps available

Under funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GRLI), GLIFWC updated the mercury maps for its member tribes with the most current mercury data available. Data collected since the last update in March 2012 has added information for 11 lakes, and a total of 446 lakes harvested by GLIFWC member tribes now have color-coded, monthly consumption advice. The updated Mercury Maps are available for viewing and download at Physical copies of the Maps were provided to tribal registration stations and other locations on reservation for the spring harvest.


Tribes wait for decision on night hunting

Madison, Wis. – A five-day trial on tribal night hunting of deer in Wisconsin’s ceded territory concluded on July 26, and the parties now wait for a decision from Federal Judge Barbara Crabb.
Six Wisconsin Ojibwe tribes are seeking relief from a 1991 judgment by the US District Court, Western District, prohibiting night hunting of deer under treaty in the ceded territories. The decision called LCO VII resulted from the “Deer Trial” which decided the scope of the off-reservation, treaty deer harvest.
Today, the tribes argue that circumstances have significantly changed, so the Court should be able to revisit the night hunting issue and alter the original judgment. (For the full story, see Fall 2013 Mazina'igan


Now available:  Map and description of analysis GLIFWC recently completed to determine what streams could be filled given the provisions of AB1/SB1. In particular, the analysis looked at the effect of Amendment 9 to AB1/SB1 on the ability of an iron mining company to fill streams with mine waste. What GLIFWC found was that many upper watershed stream segments could be filled given the provisions of Amendment 9. Those streams are indicated in red on the attached map.

Notes and Methods Used in Development of Vulnerable Stream Analysis

Surface waters potentially filled by iron mining given provisions of AB1/SB1


Outreach programs and classes


Onji-akiing Application July 21-25, 2014


LDF Hunter Safety: August 18, 25 & 26  4:00-7:30


WDNR Safety Classes


Native Report coverage of Summer Youth Camp



GLIFWC's Focus Areas


     GLIFWC is actively involved in a broad spectrum of resource related activities aimed at protecting and enhancing the natural resources and habitat in the treaty-ceded territories while also infusing an Ojibwe perspective into its work.


Affirming and implementing the rights

Great Lakes fishery

    - Report Tagged Fish

    - Report Ghost Net
Inland fishery

Inland lakes mercury levels
Wild plants

Wild rice (Manoomin)

Invasive species
Language & culture


Forest Pests