Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), for- est management, and environmental protection are all common challenges faced by Great Lakes tribal communities. However, these topics mirror similar challenges in other distant countries, especially the country of Peru. InDecemberof2017,adelegationoftriballeaders and ambassadors representing their respective tribes and GLIFWC traveled to multiple communities in the Amazonian Basin. Bradley Harrington, Mille Lacs CommissionerofNaturalResources;JasonSchlender, Vice Chairman of Lac Courte Oreilles; Mic Isham, former Chair of Lac Courte Oreilles; Dylan Jennings, GLIFWC Public Information Office Director; and Melonee Montano, GLIFWC TEK Specialist. CONAP,anenvironmentalagencyandconfedera- tionofAmazoniannationswithinPeru(Confederacion de nacionalidades amazonicas del Peru) had visited GLIFWCandothertribalcommunitiesinyear’sprior, and it was time for reciprocation. Many of these communities are dealing with some of the very same issues including: Protection of culturalknowledge,preservationofculturalpractices, synthesizing management plans with TEK, language revitalization. reiterated, “As indigenous people we all have to stand up and fight together,” said President Oseas Barbaran Sanchez of CONAP. SolutionsinPeruforcombatingsomeoftheabove challenges include a Green Fund that was established through funds from past oil exploitations. The main focus of the Green Fund is biological diversity and preservation of critical resources. A Regional Development Plan in the Region of Loreto aids in prioritizing these resources based on direct input and consultation from the indigenous people and co-management with them. The strong foundation is that both governmental and indigenous groups involved in the co-management believe “the more you protect, the more you produce.” Meaning, ifaspecificcriticalresourceismanagedandprotected effectively, it will in turn continue to provide for the communities in numerous ways ranging from spiritu- ally to economically.An important aspect of resource managementisconsideringcurrentandfutureclimate change impacts in order to assure their future avail- ability. Numerous other approaches similar to the Green Fund were shared with our delegation such as the establishmentofimmersionschools,whichincorporate their indigenous languages, indigenous forestry that utilizes sustainable practices and business models, as wellasnumerousconservationareasandorganizations, which support them. Through this exchange, a great dealwaslearnedaboutculturalsurvival.Itistheintent that the many approaches and practices will continue tobesharedwithourindigenouscommunitiesandour connectionsasindigenouspeoplethroughouttheworld willcontinuetobringusstrength.Formoreinformation about CONAP visit the website: www.conap.org.pe/. —D. Jennings & M. Montano GLIFWC in Peru: Shared environmental concerns A local harvester shares traditional methods of fish harvesting, including spearfishing. He shows the various types of spears utilized. (D. Jennings photo) Until the start of 2018 Wayne LaBine had never worked for the Commis- sion. But he’s been around GLIFWC since the earli- est days. Sokaogon Mole Lake’s LaBine became the new deputy administrator January 1. LaBine has a long his- toryasatreatyharvester,par- ticipating in off-reservation hunting and spearing seasons since the inaugural seasons of the mid-1980s. He went on to spend two decades as a Sokaogon representative to the Voigt Intertribal Task Force, and also served as GLIFWC Board of Commissioners secretary. With extensive experience in financial man- agement, LaBine oversees GLIFWC’s Division of Administration—center of accounting, bookkeep- ing, and overall fiscal management systems. He also participates in special projects and cultural events undertaken by the Commission. Part of a large family, LaBine was born in Onto- nagon and raised in Trout Creek, Michigan. He went on to attend Notre Dame University for four years, leaving shy of completing a business administration degree. Heeding an appeal from his mother to serve tribalcommunities,LaBinemovedtoMoleLakework- ing in tribal government accounting at various enter- prises. In his most recent position, he worked with youth in a recreation program for the Forest County Potawatomi. Labine and wife Denise Smith-LaBine have two adult children, Jaryn and recent GLIFWC intern Jayln. A three-season harvester, LaBine has been busy on weekends spearing through the ice and is preparing for the spring season. Autumn, LaBine says, is his favorite time of year whenhepursuesducks,uplandbirdsanddeer.Astrong supporter of traditional community sharing, he annu- ally distributes fish and meat to friends and nutrition programs at both Mole Lake and nearby Potawatomi reservation. —CO Rasmussen New GLIFWC hire at deputy administrator PAGE 19 MAZINA’IGAN SPRING 2018 • GLIFWC STAFF • GLIFWC staff milestones GLIFWC All Staff Day brings together employees from across the Ceded Territory to share stories, camaraderie, and get up-to-date on agency fundamentals like budgets and retirement plans. It’s also a time to recognize service to the organization and its member tribes. At the Commission staff day February 23 in Odanah, employees marking a five-year anniversary received a unique GLIFWC pin. Staff serving a quarter-century and beyond tookhomePendletonblanketsandmore.Picturedfromleft:DawnWhite(5years),Esteban Chiriboga (20), Ann McCammon Soltis (25), Bill Mattes (25), Leanne Thannum (30), and Lynn Plucinski (35). (CO Rasmussen photo) All Staff Day included a special recognition for Executive Administrator Jim Zorn (background), who is retiring in May. Led off by longtime biologist and Biological Services Director Jonathan Gilbert, staff told “Zorn stories” and shared their appreciation for more than 31 years of leadership. (CO Rasmussen photo) Chi-Miigwech GLIFWC would like to say chi-miigwech for the $4,400 gift from the H.J. Hagge Foundation Fund within the Community FoundationofNorthCentralWisconsin.Thegenerouscontribution will help further develop GLIFWC’s core programs.