PAGE 1 MAZINA’IGAN WINTER 2018-2019 Published by the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission Winter 2018–2019 Wildlife managers expand chronic wasting disease management Tribal CWD Management Area approved The Voigt Intertribal Task Force (VITF) passed a motion September 6 sup- porting recommendations from the Inter- tribal CWD Working Group designed to limit the spread of the fatal deer ailment. The Intertribal CWD Working Group was establishedbytheVITFin2016andconsists of Task Force representatives and wildlife biologists from tribal natural resources departments in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.Therecommendationsapproved by the VITF include the establishment of a tribal CWD Management Area (see map) and regulations concerning the transport, disposal, and registration of deer harvested within the tribal CWD Management Area. TheTribalCWDManagementAreais an area in which the potential for a tribal member to kill a deer carrying chronic wasting disease is increased. Restrictions on the transportation of deer carcasses killed within these areas, and additional By Travis Bartnick GLIFWC Wildlife Biologist The Tribal Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Management Area is an area where the potential for a tribal member to kill a deer carrying chronic wasting disease is increased. (see CWD, page 19) Aanin Ezhiwebak Agwajiing? (How Is It Outside?) Aabawaa (warm) Biiwan (blizzard) Gimiwan (raining) Gisinaa (cold) Noodin (windy) Tribal hatcheries support fisheries across north country Environmental degradation, invasive species, and rising water temperatures all take a toll on the walleye resource in the Ojibwe Ceded Territory. For many GLIFWC member bands, struggling walleye populations on some waters hits close to home. Fish is a primary food source, both culturally important to the Ojibwe, and a living icon of modern-day treaty rights when ogaawag occupied center stage during the “Walleye Wars” of the late 1980s. “Walleyesinnorthernlakesareexperiencingmoreforms of stress than ever,” said longtime Lac du Flambeau Natural Resources Director Larry Wawronowicz. “Self-reproducing fish populations are always the best way to go. There’s noth- ing else like it. But when that fails, hatcheries can provide a significant boost.” Withlittlefanfare,LacduFlambeau’sWilliamJ.Poupart Sr.FishHatcheryhasprovidedthatboost,turningouthundreds- of-millionsoffishintoregionalwatersformorethan80years. An additional half-dozen GLIFWC tribes also propagate andreleasemillionsoffishannually,providingforstateanglers and native fishers alike. “Walleyes and other species are stocked both within reservation waters and in the surrounding lakes,” Wawrono- wicz said. AcrossOjibweCountry,tribalhatcheriesprovideashared resourceeveninsidereservationborders.OnLacduFlambeau By Charlie Otto Rasmussen, Editor (see Lac du Flambeau, Sokaogon, page 22) Biboonisa greattime tolearn Ojibwemowin Check out GLIFWC’s language website: Lac du Flambeau’s extended growth walleyes averaged 6.9 inches each. The fish were released into both on and off- reservation lakes. (submitted photo)