PAGE 1 MAZINA’IGAN SUMMER 2018 Despite a late ice-out, the 1842 Ceded Territory provided good ogaa harvest opportunities for many Ojibwe people. (CO Rasmussen photo) Published by the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission SUMMER 2018 GLIFWC welcomes Isham into new leadership role as executive administrator Odanah, Wis.—GLIFWC announces longtime Lac Courte Oreilles tribal leader Michael J “Mic” Isham Jr. as its newexecutiveadministrator.Ishamformallyassumedthetop spot at GLIFWC in mid-April. “NaturalresourcesandtheworkofGLIFWCisapassion for Mic,” said Jim Williams Sr., GLIFWC Board of Commis- sionerschairmanandpresidentoftheLacVieuxDesertBand. “I look forward to good things under Mic’s leadership. He’s been a mentor to many of us over the years.” An award-winning natural resources manager, Isham brings more than 30 years of experience to the Commission. One of GLIFWC’s original interns in the mid-1980s, the Northland College graduate went on to work with a diverse collectionoffederal,state,andtribalagenciesintheWisconsin Ceded Territory and beyond. From1995-2017IshamservedontheLacCourteOreilles Tribal Governing Board as councilman, secretary treasurer, vice-chairman,andchairman.Overthatsameperiod,heserved as chairman on GLIFWC’s Voigt Intertribal Task Force and Board of Commissioners. Isham succeeds James E Zorn, a By Charlie Otto Rasmussen, Editor (see GLIFWC welcomes Isham, page 3) Gaa-bibooniked (Old Man Winter) stays late, spring fishing season is short & quick Michael J “Mic” Isham Jr. (COR Photo) Across Ojibwe Country, winter weather drifted deep intoziigwaansettingthestageforoneofthelatestopeners in the modern spearing era. The open-water season got underway near the southern edge of the Ceded Territory at Long Lake in Chippewa County, Wisconsin April 28. By early May, Ojibwe harvesters in Minnesota and Upper Michigan were launching their spearing boats as the ice finally receded from inland lakes. OgaaharvestonMilleLacsLakeinMinnesotaopened up on May 2 for on-reservation harvesters and May 4 for treaty harvesters. Shifting wind conditions and moving ice steered the first part of the season into a bit of a two- step, as the lake swayed back and forth between on and off reservation harvesting. GLIFWC Warden Mike Burns says that the harvest seemstobeinchingaboverecentaveragesthisyear,prob- ably due to a number of factors. The 2013-year class is maturing and spawning. In addition, winter weather and ice caused a delayed start, condensing the season. “All the walleyes came in together, and stayed together, congregated within the shallows for quite some time,” he says. The result is that spearers are pulling in plentiful harvests in shorter amounts of time. Treaty harvesters from Fond du Lac, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, Red Cliff, and St. Croix all fished for walleye at Mille Lacs Lake this year. Accord- ing to preliminary creel numbers, Fond du Lac harvested 6,060.8 lbs, Lac du Flambeau—3,188.4 lbs, Lac Courte Oreilles—3,220.2 lbs, St. Croix—3,400.9 lbs, and Red By GLIFWC Staff (see 2018 spring, page 5) Choose rainwater over tapwater this season Add nibi to your summer “harvest” plans Rain barrels capture water from your roof: ❀ gardens ❀ lawns ❀ indoor plants see your local conservation office or tribal government for low cost rain barrel options