Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12MAZINA’IGAN PAGE 2 SPRING 2017 • CHAIRMAN’S COLUMN/RETIREMENT • Retiring St. Arnold made his mark in Michigan and beyond After nearly 40 years in service to Ojibwe tribes and treaty rights, Nigaani Giizhig—widely known by his English name, Jim St. Arnold—is easing into retirement.While the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community member formally retired from GLIFWC this past winter, he has committed to limited term consulting work, developingstandardoperatingproceduresforGLIFWC’sinternshipprogram,train- ing staff, and preparing private foundation applications to maintain and expand GLIFWC’s Ojibwe language program. After serving in the United States Marines, St. Arnold became increasingly involved in treaty rights and engaged in widespread advocacy for native people with organizations including Michigan Indian Child Welfare Agency and Inter- Tribal Council of Michigan. From the late 1970s into the early 80s, he served on KBIC tribal council, ultimately becoming chairman at the same time treaty tribes were creating GLIFWC. In ziigwan 1988, Nigaani Giizhig joined the GLIFWC staff, traveling throughout the Ceded Territory and beyond to educate the public about treaty rights. Much of his time would center on his role as Administration for Native Americans Program Director where he developed outstanding grant writing and implementation skills. The GLIFWC Board of Commissioners formally acknowledged St.Arnold at ameetinginLacCourteOreillesJanuary24.Anumberoftribalrepresentativesand close friends were on hand to honor St. Arnold with gifts including Dennis Jones and Nancy Jones (pictured with St. Arnold). —CO Rasmussen For permit information call (715) 682-6619 or visit Youth-inspired revolution generates hope for our future There’s a revolution sweeping through Ojibwe Country. It’s not about politics or subversion. This is a revolution of native youth reclaiming a birthright—and a treaty right—to live Anishinaabe lifeways. This gives me hope in what are truly historic, challenging times. Some seven generations ago, our grandfathers wisely secured the legal right to pursue our lifeways via treaties with the United States that reserve access to the natural resources on our ancestral homelands. We as Anishinaabe people are defined in so many ways by our relationships with Akii’s gifts. Our identity is tied to such things as manoomin beds, upland maple forests, and clean, bountiful waters that feed our bodies and our spirits. All of our relations in the natural world were named long ago in the Ojibwe language. All are part of the web of life that supports and sustains us pitiful two-leggeds. We must be ever grateful to the animals and plants that sacrifice themselves for us. And we must use these gifts to support our communities. No street gang can rival the Anishinaabe Nation. Who is more powerful: the young man who bullies his family and neighbors with violence, or the one who hunts waawaashkeshi to feed his family and neighbors, or to provide for a nam- ing ceremony? What of a young woman, practiced in gathering medicines, a skilled healer? No street drug can ever approach the satisfaction that comes with elevating the lives of your people. Traditional ecological knowledge wins every time. By Michael J. Isham, GLIFWC Board of Commissioners Chairman (Images by Wesley Ballinger) Iseethistreaty-rightsrevolutionhappeningwithinfamilies and at seasonal camps sponsored by individual tribes as well as GLIFWC. Youth are learning when to trap, how to skin the hide-even roasting that muskrat, a dish common at Ojibwe dinner tables not that long ago. Akii provides us with many gifts. Young people are taking note, learning and embracing the ways that have been with us for millenia. When our babies learn who they are, then they will know that they belong to a great “gang”—the Ojibwe Nation. To maintain momentum on this path, it is so important that the federal government continues to stand with the Anishinaabe. Congress and the President must stay faithful to their treaty obligations and trust responsibilities. They cannot take for granted the benefits the United States gained from all that we were compelled to give up in the treaties. This means protecting our ancestral homelands, both on and off-reservation, supporting self-governance and self-determination, and helping fund basic services for tribal communities. United States treaty promises have been reaffirmed for years by the courts and on a bipartisan basis by many Presidents and members of Congress. There simply is no reason to change course now in what has been, and should remain, a powerful partnership that continues to benefit all citizens. Asfortheyouth-firedrevolutioninOjibweCountry,we’rejustgettingstarted. All of us, young and old, have a great deal to learn from our elders, the knowledge- keepers. Our ancestral homelands abound with the gifts that sustain our spirits, our bodies and our communities. Treaty rights are more than a means of surviving in the physical sense. They are a means of reinforcing our Anishinaabe identity and of securing our future. I have high hopes for our future! IshamisChairmanoftheLacCourteOreillesBandofLakeSuperiorChippewa. • A permit is required for cutting birch lodge-poles (available at the tribal conservation department) • Each permit is valid for 75 trees • Tribal members must carry their tribal ID • Only 50% of the trees of a particular species within a given area may be harvested • Trees may be a maximum of 5 inch diameter at breast height