Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

1854 Treaty Authority

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we talk with Michele Hakala-Beeksma about the precedents and the groundbreaking history of the Treaty of 1854 and why this enduring treaty still matters today

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Dan Jones about many topics, including clans, elders, and geographical place names. Dan is from the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation in Ontario and is an Anishinaabemowin ("Ojibwe language") teacher at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota. He also taught Ojibwe at UMD in the fall of 2016. He is also the twin brother of Dennis Jones, and the son of Nancy Jones, both of whom also have been guests on Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa.

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Northeastern Minnesota was never the land of the buffalo, but it was home to elk, before overhunting and habitat loss decimated the population.

Now the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is betting on funding from the LCCMR (Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources) to look into restoring wild elk to a portion of their former range.