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New effort to track wild rice in Michigan
Great Lakes Echo (10/10)
After decades of leaving wild rice management to Native American tribes, state officials are gearing up to track how wild rice issues intersect with some government agencies.

Wildlife biologist predicting wild rice crop to be below average this year
Wisconsin Public Radio (9/12)
The wild rice crop in northern Wisconsin is likely to be below average this year, and summer storms are partially to blame.

Tribal communities strive to protect water quality
Petosky News-Review (8/19)
Water warriors from tribes across the Great Lakes region are preserving an important relative - water – a resource so important that tribes refer to it in such personal terms.

Dead, discarded fish under investigation by Mohawks
The Press-Republican (8/14)
Sturgeon found gutted in the St. Lawrence River have raised the ire and concern of Mohawks on both sides of the U.S./Canadian border.

Following their ancestors
The Sudbury Star (7/20)
Two women recently completed a 450-kilometer, 19-day canoe journey from Wahnapitae First Nation to Garden River First Nation, following ancestral waterways.

Lake sturgeon vulnerable to poaching
Traverse City Record-Eagle (7/20)
A new ad campaign to stop poaching and illegal trade of lake sturgeon wants to boost awareness of threats to the species, which sustained the Great Lakes region’s early Anishinaabek people.

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General Resources
Human Health and the Great Lakes
U.S. EPA Region 5 / Great Lakes Commission
Featuring information on hot topics like drinking water and fish consumption, Human Health and the Great Lakes provides complete and up-to-date information about issues of human health in the Great Lakes region. Also contains a comprehensive glossary of Great Lakes terms and several links to related online resources. Based on data taken from the EPA's Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) studies.

Native Genealogy: People of the Three Fires
There are three major tribal groups in Michigan today: the Chippewa (Ojibwe), the Ottawa, and the Potawatomi. They comprise what is called the Three Fires Council.

TEACH: Native Peoples of the Great Lakes Region
Indians, or Native Peoples, were the original inhabitants of the Great Lakes region. Approximately 120 tribes and First Nations have occupied the Great Lakes basin over the course of history. Through this series of photo essays, learn about the history, livelihood and oral tradition of these proud peoples.

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Tribes and First Nations
First Nation Profiles
Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Searchable directory of Canada's First Nations, Tribal Councils and Reserves.

Ontario First Nations Directory
First Nation Information Project

Quebec First Nations Directory
First Nation Information Project

Bay Mills Indian Community
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

New York
Oneida Nation of New York
The Seneca Nation of Indians
Tuscarora and Six Nations

Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin
Formerly Wisconsin Winnebago Tribe

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin

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Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Regional Office
U.S. Department of the Interior

Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority
CORA, formerly the Chippewa Ottawa Treaty Fishery Management Authority, was formed in 1981 to regulate the treaty fishery between five tribes and the state of Michigan.

Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
Comprised of eleven sovereign tribal governments located throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, the Commission's purpose is to protect and enhance treaty-guaranteed rights to hunt, fish, and gather on inland territories, to protect and enhance treaty guaranteed fishing on the Great Lakes, and to provide cooperative management of these resources.

Great Lakes Intertribal Council
A consortium of federally recognized Indian tribes in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan that assists with delivery of services and programs.

National Association of Friendship Centres
Based in Ottawa, Ontario, the NAFC seeks to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal peoples in an urban environment by supporting activities that encourage equal access to, and participation in, Canadian society and encourage Aboriginal cultural distinctiveness.

Native American Institute, Urban Affairs Programs
Michigan State University

Odawa Native Friendship Centre
A non-profit organization providing services to Ottawa, Ontario's Aboriginal community.

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Bay Mills News
Bay Mills Indian Community

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Laws and Treaties
Indian Treaties
Industry Canada's SchoolNet Digital Collections
Thirteen documents representing various types of arrangements between Aboriginal Peoples and representatives of the government of Canada have been selected for this project by the National Archives of Canada.

Indian Treaties: Their Ongoing Importance to Michigan Residents
Clarke Historical Library
Focuses on the negotiations that have occurred between Euro-Americans and three Native American communities: the Chippewa, Odawa and Potawatomi.

Oneida Indian Nation Treaties Project
Developed to provide easy access for native and non-native people alike to important treaties.

Tribal Gathering Memorandum of Understanding
In December 1998, the U.S. Forest Service and 10 Chippewa Tribes of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildife Commission entered into an agreement regarding gathering rights on national forest lands.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Fish and Fisheries in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Laws and Policies in the Great Lakes Region

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